Monday, October 15, 2018

Monarch Guessing Contest Winners

Congratulations to 

Johnny, age 4
Linden, age 5
Naomi, age 9

Winners of our Monarch Guessing Contest!
106 Monarchs emerged from their Chrysalises this year!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Chess for Beginners

Mondays, Oct. 15, 22, 29, & Nov. 5 
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Join Sandra Stolle as she teaches this introductory class 
on the basics of this classic game. 
Open to children in 1st through 6th grades
Experienced players are welcome to join in!
Come to one session, several, or all.

Pre-Registration is required.
Offered at no charge and open to the public. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fall Lego Club

Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
September 26 through October 17

Join us for this drop-in, non-competitive, non-robotic Lego Club hosted by the Austin Family & Friends.
Create a masterpiece while working individually or as a team.

This program is designed for children in grades K-5
No registration necessary.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Pumpkin Decorating Party & Storytime

Saturday October 6
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Join us for storytime at 11:00 a.m. ~

Drop-in for our
Pumpkin Decorating Party!

Please Bring Your Own Pumpkin.
We'll provide the ribbons, stickers, feathers, pom-poms, and more. Optional: leave your pumpkin with us when you are done for our annual contest where every pumpkin entered wins a prize!
This free family program is open to children of all ages.
No registration necessary.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tinker Drop-In

Friday, October 5
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Drop-in for a self-directed time of open-ended exploring and creating using the objects and materials of our everyday lives.

No registration necessary.
Not recommended for toddlers due to presence of small objects.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Pumpkin Decorating Party & Storytime

Saturday October 6
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
~ Join us for a story starting at 11:00 a.m. ~

Drop-in for our
Pumpkin Decorating Party!

Please Bring Your Own Pumpkin.
We'll provide the ribbons, stickers, feathers, pom-poms, and more.
This free family program is open to children of all ages.
No registration necessary.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Shell Guessing Winners

Congratulations to

Will, age 2
Anneliese, age 7

Winners of our shell guessing contest!

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There were 166 shells in the jar.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Fall Registration

Hello, Fall!

Starting Monday September 17, 
come to the library to sign up 
for our fall activities and programs.

No phone, web, or email registrations will be accepted unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

PAWS to Read

Read to Tessie the Therapy Dog
Monday, September 17

Sign up to read to Tessie! Reading time slots begin at 3:30 p.m. and are 10 minutes in length. Tessie is a certified therapy dog, through Therapy Dog Inc. Children who are in Kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to meet with Tessie and read together. Reading to Tessie boosts confidence and improves language skills.

Pre-registration is required. Please visit the Children's Room desk for more information or to register. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Fantastic Fall Fun!

The fall schedule is available here
Registration for most programs will begin on Monday, September 17. See you there!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

MOS Reptiles

Museum of Science Traveling Programs Presents
Reptiles Rock!

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Thursday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. 

Are they slimy, cold-blooded, and scaly? Meet an array of amazing reptiles from the Museum’s Live Animal Care Center and find out about these incredible creatures. 
All ages welcome and no registration necessary.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

"Store" closing Friday

We celebrated a summer of reading last night and now it is time to collect your final "rockin' dollars! Cash in and out before it is too late! Our library "store" closes on Friday and Goldie, our library mascot finishes her traveling on Friday too! Did you find her this week?
Also, we have one final program to finish out a very busy summer season, the Museum of Science Traveling Programs is coming to present, Reptiles, on Thursday, August 23 at 11 am.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ice Cream Party

Summer Reader Ice Cream Party
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

A special congratulations to all of our readers!!!
Join us for ice cream from Cherry Farm Creamery, with plenty of fun and surprises in this celebration of Summer Reading!

You will need to pre-register for this event
 and bring your Reading Log as your admission ticket.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Countdown to Kindergarten

Countdown to Kindergarten
Monday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m.
(please note later start time than originally advertised)

You've been counting down, now it's time to celebrate!
Join Michael Harvey, HWRSD Superintendent, for a pizza party and special story time family celebration. Listen to stories and engage in "kindergarten ready" activities.

Please RSVP to Lisa Cheney for this event at or 978-468-5489

Friday, August 10, 2018

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly Program
Saturday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Become a Monarch champion! Join Dr. Charlie Hoffman, our resident expert and favorite Boston College professor, as he returns to share his expertise raising Monarchs. 
Learn how to identify, collect and care for Monarch eggs and how 
YOU can raise them at home. 
All ages welcome. No registration required.


Make sure to watch the Monarchs' progress in our tank in the Children's Room!

**Attention Summer Readers! Don't forget to sign up for the end of the summer Ice Cream Party that will be held on Wednesday, August 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. You can pre-register in the Children's Room and you will need your Reading Log as your admission ticket to the event.**

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Topsfield Fair Deadline

Topsfield Fair Deadline
The deadline for the Topsfield Fair Read & Win prize is swiftly approaching!

The Read & Win prize costs 10 Rockin' Dollars, 
and you must purchase the prize no later than 
this FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018
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 Participants in the summer reading program may earn Rockin' Dollars to spend on various prizes, including the Topsfield Fair Read & Win prize.

The fair prize includes:
  • 1 admission ticket to the Topsfield Fair (for readers 8 and over; children under 8 will NOT receive an admission ticket as they are admitted into the Fair for free)
  • 1 hot dog & drink voucher to redeem at the fair
  • AND 2 ride tickets!
Please note that prizes may only be purchased during store hours. Store hours are found at the bottom of your reading log. For more information please visit the Children's Room.

**Attention Summer Readers! Don't forget to sign up for the end of the summer Ice Cream Party that will be held on Wednesday, August 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. You can pre-register in the Children's Room and you will need your Reading Log as your admission ticket to the event.**

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Scott Jameson

Scott Jameson, Magician 
Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m.

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Magic by Scott Jameson Scott presents performances that feature magic, juggling, and 
edge of your seat fun. Training in gymnastics, dance, acting, and even microchip 
programming, has helped him create shows that are uniquely his own including a 
special “Libraries Rock” fusion of music and magic! 

All ages welcome and no registration necessary. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Star Party

Star Party
Tuesday, August 7, at 7:30

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One Night, Four Planets 
All the bright ones that can be seen in early August! 
Children’s craft at 7:30 PM (Hubbell telescope craft) 
Presentation at 8:00 PM 
Observation outside with NSAAC telescopes at 8:45 PM 
Sponsored by the NSAAC. 

Best for ages 10 and up. No registration necessary.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Vehicle Night

20th Annual Vehicle Night 
Wednesday, August 1 
6:00 7:30 p.m.

Join us in the parking lot for a festival of fire engines, emergency trucks, police cruisers and snow plows! Brought to you by the fire, police and the public works departments of Hamilton and Wenham, Dodge Tree Service, Lyons Ambulance, Rowley Ready Mix, and 
the Mix 104.1 Street Team with music, games & prizes!  

Families of all ages are welcome. No registration necessary.  

There is no rain date.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Otha Day

Otha Day: Drum to the Beat
Wednesday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m.
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This family event creates in-the-moment music through drums and percussion instruments. Play along as Otha Day leads with accessible 
rhythm activities, games, songs and improvisation.
All ages welcome and no registration necessary.

Kids entering grades 6-12 can get into the rhythm 
with the TeenBeats program at 7:45 p.m. 
Pre-Register with Kim Claire.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Fairy Boats

Fairy Boat Building
Saturday, July 21 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Join us as we share a story, build fairy boats with found items, complete a craft, and join in a fairy procession. Design and keep this magical habitat for your water sprites. 
You are welcome to bring your own items. 

Families of all ages are welcome and no registration is necessary. 

So many thanks to the Sheckells family for their vision in 
creating and leading this endeavor!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Coco Drive-in Movie

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Coco Drive-in Movie
Thursday, July 19 
Car Design & Build @ the library from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Movie Showing @ Patton Park at 8:30 p.m. 
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Create a Coco inspired car and then enjoy a “drive-in” movie! First come to 
the library to design and decorate your very own Coco inspired car! Once complete, you can “drive” it to Patton Park where we will 
be showing the movie Coco (PG) on a huge outdoor screen! 

All ages are welcome and no registration is necessary. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Vanessa Trien

Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys 

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Wednesday, July 18 @ 6:30 p.m. 

Come jump, wiggle and dance with Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys! Vanessa creates a highly interactive and energetic show, featuring
 plenty of group singing and movement. 

All ages welcome and no registration necessary.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Twilight Chant

Twilight Chant

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Monday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. 

We will read a story, play a trivia game, complete an art activity, and 
take a twilight stroll with our ears and eyes open. 

All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Tanglewood Marionettes

Tanglewood Marionettes

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The Fairy Circus!
Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus is a 
showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets will dance, play 
instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease,
 all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. 

All ages welcome and no registration necessary.

Books Guessing Contest

Congratulations to
Jaya, age 3
Gillian, age 10

Winners of our June Guessing Contest!

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There are 40,484 books in the Children's Room! 
Whew, that's a lot of books!

Monday, July 2, 2018


There is still time to sign up and to join us for an 
“Our Towns Rock” Photo Safari with Toni Carolina! 

Saturday, July 7, 2018 
Ages 6 – 8 at 10:30 a.m. Ages 9 & up at 12:30 p.m 

 Bring your camera and join professional photographer Toni Carolina for an adventure in taking rockin’ pictures of Hamilton and Wenham. 

Finished work will be displayed in the Children’s Room! 

Space is Limited. Please call or visit to pre-register. 
Offered free of charge and open to the public. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Library Mini-Golf

Mini-Golf @ your Library!!

Saturday, June 30 from 11:00 a.m to 2 p.m.

Mobile-MiniGolf brings a unique, artsy and colorful 10 hole game of golf to play in and around the library. Play the course on your own or form a team! All ages are welcome and no registration is required but come early to guarantee space. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Children's Book Sale

Friends of the H-W Library
Children's Book Sale

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Wednesday, June 27
from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Bargains on board books to teen novels.
 Join us for the book sale, and enjoy a movie together as a family.

Born in China
1:00 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. [G]

Kubo and the Two Strings
3:00 p.m.- 4:40 p.m. [PG]

Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer Registration

Summer's Here!
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Come to the library to register for all of your favorite summer activities including the Summer Reading Program. 
No phone, web or email registrations will be accepted unless otherwise stated. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Bike Parade Prep Party!

Prep it, ride it, then party in the park!
Bike Parade Prep Party!
Saturday, June 23 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Come decorate your bike and join the parade to the Community Block Party at
 Patton Park! We will have plenty of festive, patriotic supplies 
on hand. The parade will start from the library lot at 4:00 p.m.!

 Fun for the whole family! No registration required.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Planting Party!

Planting Party!
Wednesday, June 20 
from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Calling all gardeners! 
Drop in for a fun filled time planting wildflower seeds and corn!
Create TWO unique to you garden inspired crafts. 
Planting kits are provided through the generosity of the Topsfield Fair. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Father's Day

Seasonal Stories and Craft Celebrating
Father's Day!

Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. 
Join us for stories all about dads and granddads and make a craft to 
give to your beloved one as a gift for his special day!

Designed for children ages 2 & up and their families. No registration is required.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Drop-In Baby Bookworms

Drop-in Baby Bookworms
Tuesday, June 12 & 19
at 10:30 a.m.
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Come join Sue Shepard for 30 minutes of songs, rhymes, stories and fingerplays! 
No registration necessary for these extra sessions! 

This class is designed for babies ages newborn through 18 months. 
Open to the public at no charge. Children must be accompanied by their 
caregiver and alternate care for siblings is encouraged. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Music & Instruments with the Musary

Music & Instruments 
for the whole family to 
enjoy & explore!
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Saturday, June 9
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of music for all ages, featuring the Eureka Ensemble in collaboration with The Musary! Get hands-on, interactive experiences with a variety of instruments with a “musical playground” following the performance. 

This program is presented free of charge and is open to the public. The Musary will be our featured charity during this summer’s reading program, Libraries Rock

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Gummy Worms Guessing Contest Winners!

Taylor, age 5
Lou-Ann, age 6
Aashika, age 7
Anneliese, age 7
Luca, age 8
Asa, age 9
Julia, age 9
Currie, age 10
There were 110 
Gummy Worms in the jar!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Art for kids!

Painting with Pammy 

Thursday May 31 at 3:30 p.m.
Come explore paint and color! Pammy and
your own muse will be your guides!

No experience or registration necessary.
All ages are welcome!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

STEAM into Science!

Tuesday, May 22 at 3:30 p.m. 

Explore simple science, technology, engineering, art,
and math-based concepts. Listen to stories and learn through hands-on discovery. 
This month’s theme:
Join us as we experiment with bubbles! Big bubbles and
small bubbles, can you catch them all? 
This program is designed for children ages
30 months - Kindergarten.
Pre-registration is requested.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Mother's Day Story & Craft

Join us for a special time of story,craft, and treat in honor of
Mother’s Day
Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Come listen to stories and 
make a special gift for the Moms in your life!
 Ages 2 & up.
No registration is necessary.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Raindrop Guessing Winners

Congratulations to

Colvin, age 5
Kassi, age 11

Winners of our Raindrop Guessing Contest!

There were 218 "raindrops" in the jar.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Children's Book Week

Celebrate Children's Book Week! 
April 30th - May 6th

Come to the Children's Room to complete our 
Children's Book Week 
scavenger hunt and then vote for your favorite books 
from the shortcut on our computers!

Children who participate will earn a free poster or pin, while supplies last!
Supplies are limited.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Artsy Thursday!

Make time to make ART!
Thursday, April 26 

Join us for 
Process Art Workshop 
(ages 2 & up) at 10:30 a.m.
followed by 
Painting with Pammy 
(all ages)at 3:30 p.m.

Monday, April 23, 2018

STEAM Into Science

Into Science!
Tuesday, April 24 at 3:00 p.m.

Ships Ahoy!

What happens in water? Test your boat's seaworthiness 
with a variety of cargo and set it afloat on the high seas!

Designed for ages 30 months- Kindergarten. 
Pre-registration is requested. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April Vacation Week Happenings!

Harry Potter Event
Tuesday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Be a wizard for a day! Step into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Ages 7 - 12.
Pre-registration is required.

Brain Building in Progress: Family Fun Night
Tuesday, April 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a scavenger hunt,  arts, crafts, hands-on activities & more!
Open to families with children ages birth - 8 years.
No registration necessary.

 Tinker Drop-In
Wednesday, April 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Drop-in for a time of open-ended exploring and creating
using the objects and materials of our everyday lives.
No registration necessary.

 Toto the Tornado Kitten!
Wednesday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m.
Hear Toto’s extraordinary story of survival. Then meet heroes
Toto and owner, Jonathan Hall!
No registration necessary.

Thursday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Children K-6th grade can tour the inside of a 43-foot whale’s belly
plus hands-on science stations!
Pre-registration is required.

 PAWS to Read: Tessie Turns Eight!
Friday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Join us in wishing a happy 8th birthday to Tessie. Hear about her
therapy work then enjoy a mix of a story, treat, craft & game.
No registration necessary.

 Earth Day Story & Craft
Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m.
Join us in celebrating Earth Day with read aloud stories and a special craft.
Ages 2 & up. No registration necessary.