Coming in November – Abbot Public LIbrary’s Virtual Events Continue!

Thank you to those who have joined us online via Zoom, YouTube, or the Teen Discord for our October programs. We are happy to provide you with a safe alternative to enjoy some of the events we used to offer in the library before the pandemic. 

This coming month, we will continue many of the programs we’ve offered virtually in the past few months, as well as a new adult art workshop! The workshop will be limited to 8 participants. Registration will begin after the building reopens to staff on November 2, who will be able to sign patrons up via phone during our Curbside Pickup hours. Stay tuned for more details! 

Childrens’ programs and the Teen Reads video remain online on our YouTube channel if you’d like a glimpse of what to expect in November. Our weekly children’s programs will be offered once a month now, and the Teen Librarian will be posting another Teen Reads video in November. 

Read the full descriptions of November events on our website

Check Out Our Lineup of Virtual Programs for October 2020!

In case you missed it on the Abbot Public Library’s website or Facebook page, our October 2020 calendar of virtual events has been revealed! This month, you can look forward to the continuation of many of our regular events, including the monthly Poetry Salon (this month featuring Major Jackson) and Story Time Yoga with Lindsey Kravitz; the weekly Songs with Spencer and Story Time A-Go-Go (see the latest video of each below); and the bi-monthly Music with Dara!

In October, you can also look forward to the return of the Teen Advisory Group, for teens in grades 7-12, which will continue on Discord! Teens will need their own library card to register for this program through our online registration service. If you do not have a library card in your name, email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org or call her at 781-631-1481, Ext. 218 to find out how to get one. On the afternoon of Monday, October 19th, you’ll also be able to hear the Teen Librarian give reading suggestions on YouTube for ya books to enjoy this fall!

We’ll also be working with the Swampscott Public Library and JCCNS to bring Medicare 101, presented by Scott Maibor, to Zoom! This free program will help those turning 65 to better understand the Medicare system.

All the programs are free, so please join us! Read more details about them on our website, where you will find the PDF version of the print calendar we will have available in the Curbside Pickup area.

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.

Tune In To Children’s Programs On Our New YouTube Channel Starting Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, the Abbot Public Library’s YouTube Channel goes live! We hope you can join us for the first September program, Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz! It will be posted tomorrow at 10:30 am on YouTube. 

Our weekly Story Time A-Go-Go will be continuing on Wednesdays in September, but it’ll be moving to the YouTube Channel! 

Debbie Leibowitz

Children are invited to view our weekly Wednesday Story Time A-Go-Go program online with stories and movement led by early childhood educator Debbie Leibowitz. Story Time A-Go-Go is a class for kids ages 18 months to 2.8 years old. It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement. 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.

Visit our website to view a full list of virtual programs we will hold in September. 

Abbot Public Library’s Yoga Storytime Coming To YouTube September 1st!

Regular attendees of the Story Time Yoga program that took place in the Abbot Public Library will be thrilled to know we will now be offering the program online!

Lindsey Kravitz will be recording her half hour yoga event, and it will be posted on the Abbot Public Library’s brand new YouTube Channel this coming Tuesday, September 1st at 10:30 am! Feel free to subscribe now to the YouTube channel so you will be notified when the first video gets added. All the other September children’s programs will be held this way as well. For a full list of September events, check out the library’s website.

We hope you come join Lindsey Kravitz for a fun online yoga story time with songs, books, poses, and quiet time. The program is 30 minutes and works well for babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children accompanied by their caregivers. Watch the video on September 1st on the new Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel!

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


If you want even more yoga than the half hour program, check out the yoga materials for kids you can check out online on Overdrive/Libby app or hoopla, or reserve copies of physical items for Curbside pickup. Learn how to breathe like a bear, join Babar with yoga for elephants, or reserve a DVD (with now charge!) with yoga in space!

Sneak Peak at our September Virtual Programs!

We are pleased to announce we will be offering more virtual programs in September, via Zoom and the new Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel!

In the past few months, we have offered “Story Time A-Go-Go” with Debbie Leibowitz. Each week, Debbie writes a new story and posts a video of her reading it on YouTube to entertain and educate children. Check out this week’s video below:

We also offered “Music with Dara” on Fridays, and are happy to say Dara VanRemoortel, an early childhood music specialist, will be returning in September to offer her virtual program of songs and visual props. Check out these videos featuring original music by Dara!

These two programs will be continuing in September, but the videos will now be compiled on the Abbot Public Library’s brand new YouTube Channel, along with a couple new-to-the-screen children’s presenters and a familiar monthly adult program!

Joining Debbie and Dara for the first time online are some faces you will recognize from the children’s programs we offered inside the library. Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz will be a half-hour video geared towards babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. And, returning to the library’s lineup is Songs with Spencer! Spencer and his orange monster friend, Bowie, will share stories and tunes to get kids singing and dancing!

For adult programs, the library’s monthly Poetry Salon will be continuing virtually! Marblehead poet Claire Keyes will be discussing the poetry of Terrance Hayes via Zoom! Stay tuned for details on accessing this meeting on the Abbot Public LIbrary website

In the meantime, you can prepare for the Salon by reserving the featured book, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, in print for Curbside Pickup, or listen to the audiobook on hoopla with no wait!

Visit the Abbot Public Library’s website News & Events page for more information on these programs! 

Virtual Read Aloud With Author Kate Messner

Children’s author Kate Messner has written over 35 books on many science and nature topics, easy readers, picture books, and mysteries. On her website, the former classroom teacher and well-known author includes:

  • Video clips of her reading aloud from many of her books. Videos include her reading from Over and Under the Snow, The Next President, and a chance to hear her latest, which will come out in August; Over and Under the Rainforest.
  • Activity tips for kids following the readings, which mainly involve a single question from the book.
  • Video clips of other well-known authors reading from their books aloud, including Grace Lin and Nikki Grimes.
  • Resources with mini lessons for different grade levels.

You can listen to Messner reading her picture book, The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe. It’s also available on hoopla to borrow as an ebook. She tells the true story of how a young boy who loved coral reefs became an adult who devised a method to transplant coral to create new colonies on devastated sites where corals have died. Ken Nedimeyer grew up near Florida’s coral reefs and became a pioneer in the techniques of grafting stag coral to create new coral colonies. The illustrations are as intense in coloring as the corals. The story is geared to ages 4-7, and adds simple descriptions for young readers of how corals grow.

Messner includes a link to the Coral Restoration website, which details the threats facing coral reefs worldwide. There is also a link to the NASA Climate Kids site, which helps kids learn what they can do to help the oceans.

Register Now for “Look Up Look Down: Let’s Celebrate Trees” with Nationally Acclaimed Storyteller Judith Black!

Sustainable Marblehead, in collaboration with the Abbot Public Library, will present a virtual storytelling event on Tuesday, May 5th at 3:30 pm. Come join “Look Up Look Down: Let’s Celebrate Trees” with nationally acclaimed storyteller and Marblehead resident Judith Black. Judith will share a 30-minute program of songs and international stories celebrating trees. The program is suitable for ages 5 and up.

From the British Isles to West Africa, traditional cultures have created stories that celebrate the value and resonance of the forest. Listen and meet a crafty spider, a hungry koala bear, and three brothers whose lives depend on their relationship to their ancient forest friends.

Registration is required. To register, please contact: sustainablemarblehead@gmail.com.

For more on Judith Black, visit Stories Alive.

LeVar Burton Reads YA on Wednesdays

With everyone staying home and practicing social distancing, more and more authors and celebrities are stepping up to provide storytimes in the form of live streams to the social media platform of their choice. Most of these livestreams focus on children’s stories and children’s books. One celebrity, however, chose to spread his read-alouds across different age groups and interests. 

LeVar Burton, host of the book podcast LeVar Burton Reads, has taken to Twitter on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to livestream storytimes for each age group. Mondays for children, Wednesdays for YA, and Fridays for adults. 

So sit back and enjoy a storytime for teens on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm on LeVar Burton’s Twitter, and even interact with other listeners if you have a Twitter account.

Interested in more YA books? Browse the library’s teen e-collections on hoopla and Overdrive, or on Overdrive’s Libby app!

Children’s Programs You Can Attend Online!

Do you miss coming to the Abbot Public Library in the morning for one of our programs for young children? While we can’t host events in the building right now, you can visit some programs on YouTube that you have seen here in the Children’s Room. Two of our regular presenters are generously offering their programs as regular YouTube videos. Come visit our library Facebook page to grab the video link and watch and listen!

Dara VanRemoortel

Visit our Facebook page on Fridays at 10:30 am for the latest “Music with Dara” video. You can also follow Dara’s YouTube channel to get notified when new videos are posted.

Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Lots of clapping, singing, and fun! Her program is ideal for children ages 2-5 years old. Dara VanReMoortel is an early music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools.

Debbie Leibowitz

Visit Facebook on Wednesdays at 10:30 am for Debbie Leibowitz’s “Story Time A-Go-Go” video. You can also follow Debbie’s YouTube channel to get notified when new videos are posted.

Debbie, an early childhood educator, leads a program designed for children 18 months to 3 years old. Using her storytelling and activities, her program is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement.