Music with Dara Returns Tomorrow Via Abbot Public Library’s New YouTube Channel!

If you have young children at home, you may have tuned in to the Abbot Public Library’s “Music with Dara” program, which was posted on Dara VanRemoortel’s YouTube channel during the past few months. Good news – Dara will be returning tomorrow, on Friday, September 4th on Abbot Public Library’s YouTube channel!

Join Dara online for a bi-weekly musical video program you can enjoy from home! With keyboard, felt board, finger puppets, and other engaging visual props, Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression, and fun! The program is ideal for kids ages 2-5 years old. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years. The videos will be posted every other week on the new Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel, on Fridays, September 4th and 18th!

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

Abbot Public Library’s Songs with Spencer Continues on YouTube in September!

If you’re a local Marblehead resident who has kids to entertain, you may have visited our new YouTube channel to see the first of this month’s children’s programs. If you missed it, you can watch the program below!

Starting this Thursday, on September 3rd, a familiar face from our in-house pre-Covid programs will be virtually returning to the library and joining our other children’s program presenters on our YouTube channel.

Come join us online for Songs with Spencer on Thursdays! You’ll hear many old favorites, a story or two, and some brand new tunes never heard before! Each performance includes a segment on social & emotional development, with the help of our beloved orange monster friend, Bowie. We’re so excited to make music for you all – get ready to sing and dance along! The videos will be posted each week on the new Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel!

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

Continuing Yoga for Kids at Home

We miss our Story Time Yoga at the library! Until we can do that again in person, let’s look at some things to keep it going with the kids. After all, both adults and kids benefit from the emphasis on stretching, holding light poses, and breathing.

To keep yoga going at home, check out these titles on the Abbot Public Library’s e-collections:

On Overdrive:

Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More by Mallika Chopra and Brenna Vaghan 

An audiobook for ages 8-12.

On hoopla:

Yoga for Children by Mark Walansky

Songs for the whole yoga session from opening to closing poses. All composed with children in mind. 

Yoga and Mindfulness for Young Children by Maureen Heil and Ilene S. Rosen

An ebook for teachers and care providers who would like to know more about how to include yoga in early childhood settings.

100 Yoga Activities for Children by Shobana R. Vinay

An ebook best appreciated by parents interested in their children learning yoga.


To follow up, watch these two yoga instructors on YouTube who held programs designed for children and parents. “Yoga for Kids” with Sophia Khan and “Yoga for Kids” with Alissa Kepas. Both were geared to children and their parents and were clear and fun to follow along with. Get inspired to try some animal poses!