North Shore news briefs

North Shore news briefs

Art Exhibit at St. Andrew’s Church

The Cloister Gallery at Saint Andrews’s Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead, is hosting a new show featuring the artists of Little Harbor Studios. The exhibit will end Sunday, Aug. 27, and there will be a closing reception on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to noon. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to noon. The gallery is handicapped-accessible. For more information,  call 781-631-4951 or visit Little Harbor Studios is a collaborative of 10 local artists. Works created here include acrylic, oil, and watercolor art, photography, jewelry making, mosaic art and print making. They also offer a variety of art classes and rental usage of a very large printing press. They are located 18 Doaks Lane in Marblehead and are minutes from historic Fort Sewall. Questions? Email: [email protected]

Salem Back to School Festival

Salem Public Schools invites families to the second annual Back to School Festival on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Palmer Cove Park, 50 Leavitt St., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. While students may not return to school until Aug. 28/29,  The Salem Teachers Union and Salem Public Schools staff have worked this summer to receive students back and connecting families and students with members of the community. Transportation will be provided, with details provided in coming weeks. A union fundraiser that supplies backpacks to students  will fundraise. Donations may be made by Venmo Salem Teachers Union @STUEvents. Checks to Salem Teachers Union – 10 Colonial Road, Suite 12 Salem, MA 01970. Organizations planning on participating should bring their and set up their own tables and chairs,  Staff will be onsite by 2:30 to assist. Parking available on Congress Street and Salem Street near Saltonstall School between Leavitt Street and Lafayette Place.

Beverly Public Library Highlights

Beverly Library brings summer to a close with some sizzling events and discussions. Check these out. Then check out the full schedule of events and programs heading into the fall. Visit: for a full listing of our events at all locations for all ages.

Friday, Aug.18, noon to 1 p.m! Modern Love: Summer Edition–  The Modern Love Book Discussion Group’s final summer meeting discusses ‘One Night on the Island’ by Josie Silver.

Monday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Introduction to Reading Tea Leaves —  with renowned Salem Witch and High Priestess Leanne Marrama, of the Zodiac Tea Room, for a presentation on the divination of reading tea leaves. Registration required.

BHS Class of ’73 to celebrate 50th

The Beverly High School Class of 1973 is looking for class members for its 50th reunion next month. They ask that you share this information with any class members and reach out by buying tickets or sending an email. Send your information even if you are not attending. The 50th reunion is Sept. 9, at True North Ale Company, 116 County Road, Ipswich, from 6-10 p.m. There will be food from “Butter UR Biscuit” and live music by Jumpstreet. Tickets are $55 per person. Go to They also ask that class members update their information by sending their current name, email and address to [email protected].

Care Dimensions Walk for Hospice

Care Dimensions, the largest Massachusetts provider of hospice and palliative care for adults and children, is holding registration for the 36th Annual Walk for Hospice, the annual fundraiser that ensures expert and compassionate care to patients and  loved ones in need.  Your support/participation provides care such as complementary therapies and bereavement support and means that no patient is ever turned away, regardless of their ability to pay. Join us on Sept. 24 for this meaningful event with family, friends and the community – or walk, run or do any fun activity convenient for you.  For information and assistance in registering or donating, call 978-223-9787. Visit to register, start a team, join a team or donate.

Summer Reading ends with Prizes & Ice Cream

On Friday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m., the Children’s Room at the Abbot Public Library at Eveleth School, Brook Rd, Marblehead, will celebrate children who participated in the library’s Summer Reading Program. Bring your  final reading logs for a prize and an ice cream cup. Grand prizes for the three top readers in each age category will receive notice of winning on Saturday, Aug. 19. For more information, visit, email [email protected]. Or call 781-631-1481.

Watercolor Workshop 

The Peabody South Branch Library, 78 Lynn St, will host a Watercolor Workshop with artist Brooke Lambert on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn to paint at your own pace with watercolor, techniques in color mixing, observational painting,  composition, etc., in a relaxed environment. Cover wet on wet and wet on dry techniques, masking, pressing, shading and light techniques, ink washes, and pattern making. Come away with your art and a greater appreciation of watercolor. Beginners welcome; materials provided. Free and open to the public. Registration required at:

Church of St. Andrew’s celebrates 100 years

The Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead kicks off a year of celebrations in honor of its 100th anniversary on Sept. 10, with a special church service at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m., by a picnic on the grounds. The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of Massachusetts, will officiate,  (There will be no 8 a.m. service that day.) The picnic will begin around 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend on the parish’s new plaza. The Morrison Meows will perform folk and rock music, with kids  activities  including a bouncy house and face painting and ice cream from  Terry’s Ice Cream truck. A history timeline will be on display in the church’s Cloister Gallery, and the church’s new plaza, improved grounds and renovations will be blessed, kicking off the first of many activities planned foe the year.  For more information, visit: The church is at 135 Lafayette Street (Rte. 114), Marblehead, near the Salem line, and is handicapped accessible.

Greenbelt holds
15th Annual Trail Run

Runners will take to the trails on Saturday, Aug. 19, for Essex County Greenbelt Association’s 15th Annual Trail Run. The race, held at Greenbelt’s Vineyard Hill Reservation, in South Hamilton offers 5K or 10K courses that climb Vineyard Hill, pass through sections of Bradley Palmer State Park and the Bay Circuit Trail, and cross through scenic Shaw Field. The race starts at 9  a.m.from 656 Asbury St., in South Hamilton. Registration ($40 for non-members/$30 for members) includes giveaways, post-race refreshments, and awards for each men’s, women’s, and non-binary age group. Runners can find more information and pre-register by Aug. 15 online at, or register on race day between 7 and 8:30 a.m. Greenbelt welcomes runners of all levels to join in this race to benefit local land conservation.

Peabody Library programs for adults

Spend some chill time at the end of the summer with the Peabody Library, 82 Main St.,  Peabody, with cool and relaxing August programs.  For information, registration, visit:

Monday, Aug.  14, 6:30 p.m., Camp Crafts for Adults —  Join librarian and crafter Gabi for a laid-back return to your childhood with Camp Crafts! Supplies and instructions provided for friendship bracelets, plastic lanyard keychains, suncatchers, and more. 

Monday, Aug 21, 6:30 p.m., Drop-in Game and Puzzle Night —  board games and puzzles with community members! Or bring your own games. Snacks, no registration. 

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 11:30 a.m., Documentary and Discussion — entertaining, informative and inspiring documentary, with breakfast-y snacks, and lively discussion after the movie. Title TBD, but the subject will be science, history, or performing arts. Registration helpful but not required.

Remembrance Cup
tourney set for Oct.7

The Remembrance Cup, a community golf tournament sponsored by Ascension Memorial Church, on Oct. 7 will aid those facing food insecurity locally. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the annual AMC fundraiser will go to The Open Door, which serves North Shore communities. The event, held at Rowley Country Club, begins at 2 p.m. with a shotgun start. Registration is $130. For more information, call 978-356-2560 or Ascension Memorial Church is located at 31 County St., Ipswich.

PJ Library Play Group

Temple B’nai Abraham and Lappin Foundation invite Jewish and interfaith families with children ages three and younger to PJ Library Shmooze and Play, an interactive musical playgroup meeting on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 9:30 to  10:30 a.m. at Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St. in Beverly. While this is a drop-in group and walk-ins are welcome, we appreciate registration so we can plan for coffee. The playgroup is free and is supported by CJP, Epstein Hill School and Congregation Ahabat Sholom. Register at For more information email [email protected].

Biweekly Vinyasa Yoga classes 

Join Celine on Abbot Public Library’s lawn for her outdoor community vinyasa-style yoga classes continuing through Aug. 21 and featuring poses centered around stretching and strengthening, connecting with the breath, and creating energy to power you through your day. Grab a yoga mat or a towel and come find your flow! The remaining schedule is as follows: Mondays, Aug. 7, 14 and 21, 8 a.m. (before library hours), Wednesdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 6 p.m., on the side lawn at Abbot Library, at Eveleth School, 3 Brook Road, Marblehead. For more information, visit, email [email protected] or call 781-631-1481.  Note: If rain, will move to program room.

Create a clock 

The Peabody Institute West Branch Library, 603 Lowell St., Peabody invites you to create a clock. Meet in the Community Room on Monday, Aug. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., and using paint, stickers, scrapbook paper, wood burning tools, and imagination to create a working clock. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required as space is limited. For ages 13 and older. Please visit  online or at the Public Service Desk or call the West Branch Library at 978-535-3354 for more information. 

Salem vets park for free 

Anyone with a veteran license plate may park for free at any on or off-street metered Salem parking space, as well as in any off-street city parking lot requiring payment via a kiosk or app-based payment within Salem. A list of eligible veterans license plates, as issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, can be found at The policy does not include fees for garage parking and applies only to parking fees and does not invalidate any other underlying regulation governing a parking space. All non-fee related regulations – such as time limits, no parking restrictions, resident parking rules, and so forth – remain in effect. Questions? Call the  Traffic and Parking Department at 978-745-8120.

Intro to Crochet 

Teens grades 8-12 can learn to crochet or get help and ideas on a project during any Intro to Crochet session in the Teen Area at the Peabody West Branch Library, 603 Lowell St. Peabody Wednesdays in August from 11 a.m. to noon., with snacks! Registration is not required, but is preferred. This program is free and open to the public. Questions? Call the West Branch Library at 978-535-3354, visit us online, or stop by in person at the Public Service Desk.

Abbot Public Library highlights

Abbot Public Library is open at the Eveleth School interim space at 3 Brook Road, Marblehead. Hours are: Monday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday: noon to 6 p.m., Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: Closed. Returns are accepted in the blue Library return bin near the Main Desk. The library is currently unable to accept donations. For updates on the renovations, visit Questions? Call 781-631-1481, or visit:

Adult programs: 

Mondays, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., IRS sponsored Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program — Call the 781-631-1481 to add your name to the waitlist. You need your last year’s tax returns and 2022 paperwork. Questions? Visit

Mondays, Drop-in 2:30 – 4 p.m. Open Tech Lab — in Reference Room, Abbot Public Library at Eveleth School. Every Monday, join a staff member for one-on-one help.   

Mondays, 6:30 p.m., new series with Marblehead League of Women Voters — how Marblehead Town Government works; a hybrid program, requires registration for in person or via Zoom at: 

Make your pet a star

The Friends of Beverly Animals (FOBA) is seeking pet photos for its 2024 calendar. Send a favorite photo (no more than three of each pet) of dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, any animal you care about, as long as it’s a good, clear and interesting photo. Deadline for submission is Aug. 10. Send to [email protected] and include the words “2024 calendar” in the email subject line.

SummerSing 2023 

The Paul Madore Chorale invites you to join them for their SummerSing productions. Singers and instrumentalists come together to perform standard repertory pieces just for the fun of it, with only as much rehearsal as the conductor can cram in before running the piece. Scores are available to borrow if you don’t have your own. Come by to perform or just to listen and enjoy. The remaining schedule is as follows:  Aug. 14: Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass; Murray Kidd, Conductor. Performances begin at 7:45 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem. All are welcome. Suggested DonaBon is $10. For more information, visit: Facebook: @PaulMadoreChorale

Free lunch at Peabody Library’s Main Branch

The Peabody Library’s Main Branch, 82 Main St., will be serving free lunches for children and teens to age 18, no registration required, throughout the summer, through Tuesday, Aug. 22. The schedule is Monday through Thursday, and run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with lunch, the library offers fun, free activities for participating families: Make it Mondays (make cool stuff); Time to Play Tuesdays; Water Play Wednesdays; Thoughtful Thursdays. Lunches will also be served on Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Aug, 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Higgins Middle School, 85 Perkins St., and Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, 485 Lowell St. The program is sponsored by Peabody Public Schools, Citizens Inn, Project Bread, Child Nutrition Outreach Program, and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Questions? Email: [email protected]

Summer events for teens at Peabody Library 

The Peabody Institute Library is hosting events for middle and high school students centered around the Summer Reading theme of “Find Your Voice.” Daily events are hosted in the Main Library Teen Room, 82 Main St., Peabody, on Monday through Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. Our two branch libraries will have themed to-go kits for teens available for pick up. The remaining theme for Aug. 14-17 is Painting & Art The programs are free and open to teens and tweens entering grades 6-12. Registration is strongly suggested, but drop ins are welcome. To register and learn more, visit the online calendar at

Free Salem Trolley

The city of Salem is once again offering residents free rides on the Salem Trolley through Sept. 30. Proof of residency/resident tickets are available at the Salem Trolley office, 8 Central St. The trolley runs seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and its route includes much of downtown Salem and also the Salem Willows, with regular stops along the way. For the complete route map, visit Seating is based on the availability and passengers will not be allowed to disembark and then get back onto the trolley.

Adult summer Reading Bingo

The Peabody Institute Library’s adult summer bingo is back, through Aug. 31. Pick up a Bingo sheet, and once completed, you’ll be entered to win a raffle prize. You must be 18 years of age or older, and there is a limit of three entries per person per library. Winners will be contacted Sept. 4. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 978-535-3354, visit online, or stop by in person at the Public Service Desk.

Moms Support Group 

This Moms Support Group at Recovery Centers of America is specifically designed for moms who have children who are either actively struggling with addiction or have found recovery. Discussions will cover topics such as establishing healthy boundaries and being a supportive ally for children, while also taking care of our own well-being. This support group is a safe space for mothers, providing a sense of community and understanding among those who share similar experiences. By joining, you can find solace in the healing journey towards recovery. The group, which is free to the public, meets every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon at Recovery Centers of America at Danvers, 75 Lindall St. in Danvers.

Merry-time Fest

Salem Maritimes will hold a Salem Merry-time Fest from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Street. Free to the public, this one-day festival marks a return of the park’s annual summer event after a prolonged hiatus due to COVID-19. This year, the fest will feature a wide range of entertainment, including musicians, magic, visiting vessels, hands-on activities, and — for the first time — the “Great Salem Maritime Cardboard Boat Regatta, with teams of two building homemade cardboard boats to launch from Derby Beach. Stay up-to-date and learn more about how to participate in this year’s event at

Saturday cartoons 

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, the Peabody West Branch Library, 603 Lowell St. in Peabody screens Saturday Morning Cartoons in the Community Room. Snacks are provided. Registration is required, as space is limited. Free to the public. For more information, please call the West Branch Library at 978-535-3354 or stop by in person at the Public Service Desk.

Tick prevention tips

The town of Ipswich reminds residents of important safety tips to avoid mosquito and tick bites. Serious viruses including West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are also spread by mosquitoes in rare instances. Tips from the CDC to limit exposure of tick and mosquito bites includes utilize insect repellents  registered with the EPA with active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol. But never use products that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children under 3 years old. Never apply insect repellent on a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, cuts, or irritated skin. For a complete list of dos and don’ts and CDC approved advice, visit:

At the Beverly Public Library

The Beverly Public Library has plenty of programs and events for all ages all year round. Here’s what’s on this month, both at the library, 32 Essex St., Beverly, and on  Zoom. When registration is required, go to: If the program is virtual, you will receive your Zoom link in advance. For more information, visit, or call 978-921-6062.

Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., free program series for adults– weekly, spring and fall at the main library. For full details, visit:

At the Salem Athenaeum

The Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.,  Salem, holds regular programs, group meetings and events.  Some are in person, some are continuing to meet online. Groups are open to everyone, and offer a full range of interesting topics. Check out the schedule below and for more information, visit the links listed at: Questions?  978.744.2540.  For Athenaeum on Social Medi, visit: For Goodreads: — visit:

Now Showing: Fashion Through the Pages — Elaine von Bruns’ exhibit has everything from big wigs at the courts of Louis XIV and XV in Diderot’s Encyclopédie to Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal dressmaker to dazzling gowns in the color plates of period novels like Pride and Prejudice. Free, during regular open hours. 

Peabody Institute 
Library Danvers programs

Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, has programs offering something for everyone. Check the website events calendar for whatever captures your interest at Registration is required for all events, both Zoom and in-person. 

Lunch time History Films

The Danvers Historical Society is hosting a free series of historical documentary film screenings with discussions presented by Heritage Films, Dan Tremblay, every second Monday of each  month, from noon to 1 p.m., at Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page St., Danvers. Brings your lunch and learn! Donations appreciated. Questions? Danvers Historical Society: 978-777-1666 or E-mail to [email protected]. Schedule as follows: 

Aug. 14, Massachusetts State House Time Capsule — A late 1700s time capsule reveals messages, coins and artifacts from Paul Revere and John Adams.

Sep. 11, Old Time Automobiles Built in Essex County — Essex’s history of auto design, development, production.

Oct. 16, Ghost Stories of New England favorites — a few ghosts and unusual, creepy stuff. 

Archaeology Society Speaker Series

The Danvers Historical Society is hosting an Archaeology Society Speaker Series  every third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Tapley Memorial Hall 13 Page St., Danvers. A Zoom link is also available, email: [email protected], or call 978-777-1666. Donations appreciated. 

At Beverly Library

Beverly Public Library swings has a great lineup of events and programs.  Check out the schedule below and if registration is required, visit: the event calendar at, or call 978-921-6062. The Beverly Public Library is located at: 32 Essex St, Beverly, 

Monday Mornings for adults at 9:30 a.m. — free weekly program series in the Sohier Room at the Beverly Public Library. 

Living Room Conversations: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion- What Does it Mean for the City of Beverly? With Beverly’s new Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB), Wangari Fahari. Questions? Contact Graham at [email protected].

North Shore Friends meeting

The North Shore Friends (Quakers) are now meeting at 10 a.m. on Sundays at 74 Hart St. in Beverly Farms. More information is available by contacting Martin Ray at 978-283-4585.

Barbershop chorus rehearsing

The Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus welcomes men of all ages who love to sing to join them. The chorus rehearses every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 46 Cherry St., Danvers. Come to the next rehearsal, or for more information call 866-727-4988. 

Noontime basketball

The Greater Beverly YMCA has announced the return of noon-time basketball to the Sterling Center in Beverly. YMCA members 19 and older are invited to play pick-up basketball for free Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m.

Call for volunteers 

Beverly Main Streets is planning a warm weather lineup of events that need you to help them happen. Community volunteers are the secret of success  that will make Beverly’s 20th anniversary Arts Fest and 10th anniversary Block Party block busters!! Do you love these events? Want to help us. make them happen? Email [email protected] and ell us what makes you awesome and willing to help, and we will send you info on volunteer opportunities this spring.

Drop ‘n Shop

New England’s Largest Consignment Event for all things kid’s clothing, toys, sporting, games, books and more is coming to the Pingree School in Hamilton. This is the premier venue to consign your brand-name children’s clothes and gear. It’s the Best of Boston and New England with consignors from from all over New England. New and gently-used only newborn through teen children’s clothes, shoes, toys, games, strollers, bikes, books, baby gear, furniture, sports equipment, maternity wear. Consignors earn 50% of sales. For a complete overview, visit

Peabody West Little League

Peabody West Little League has not raised player fees for years and will never turn away a player who cannot pay. This, its 60th anniversary season, is kicking off with a much needed sponsorship drive. Support is needed from  friends and community partners through the sponsorship options. Please help continue this great 60-year tradition of PWLL by becoming a league sponsor for this 2023 season. For the sponsor form, visit:

At the Salem Athenaeum

The Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem, holds regular group meetings. Some are in person, some are continuing to meet online. Groups are open to everyone, and summer offers a full range of interesting topics. Check out the schedule below and for more information on a meeting that interests you, visit the links listed on the website at: Questions?  978.744.2540. For Athenaeum on social media, visit: For Goodreads: — visit: 

Peabody Institute Library, Peabody 

The Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, has some great new activities in store for you as we celebrate Pride Month. Check out the schedule below, and watch for more up and coming listing. Questions? Check the online calendar for dates and registration links at:, or call 978-531-0100 ext. 17.

First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Adult crafting — Learn new art forms and DIY crafts on second floor of the library. Bring your own crafts or use the library’s. Registration helpful but not required. 

Teen Yoga 

Yoga teacher and art therapist Jill Manos will lead biweekly beginner yoga classes, free, for middle and high school students at 3 p.m. Held at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, these classes are meant for teens to decompress after school, o get in touch with their physical and mental health. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Jill is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, 500hr Yoga Teacher, Artist, Nia White Belt Certified, and Reiki 2 Certified. This is part of a series of programs to help children, teens, and families manage and support their mental health and wellness and is supported in part by a grant from the Peabody Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Open to tweens and teens grades 6-12. Registration  required at:

Beverly Bootstraps needs you

A leading social service agency on the North Shore, Beverly Bootstraps last year celebrated 30 years, now offering a diverse food assistance program, client support services, adult education, youth and adult programs, and a Thrift Shop. In 2022, food pantry visits reached an all-time high, with nearly 13,000 over the year. Now, with rampant inflation, a possible looming recession, and the recently announced end of SNAP Emergency Allotments, that number will only grow. Beverly Bootstraps asks that you consider donating today at, mailing a check, or dropping off non-perishable food items at 35 Park St. in Beverly to help those in need in our community.

Code Club for Teens at Peabody Library

Learn to code by playing games in the Peabody Library’s weekly code club meetings every Thursday at 3 p.m. Tweens and teens in grades 6-12 are welcome in the library’s Creativity Lab to learn computer programming skills through a series of tutorials and projects. They will work towards building websites, video games, phone apps, animations and more, while learning how to become better problem solvers and critical thinkers. Fiero’s interface makes learning to code easy, competitive, and fun. Learn at your own pace, win prizes, join the Hackathon for the chance to win a robot. Free and in person at the library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Registration required at:

‘Sundays at 5’ at AMC Ipswich

Ascension Memorial Church hosts its “Sundays at 5” every Sunday. “Sundays at 5” is youth-led but designed for all ages, a spiritually inspiring opportunity especially for people who find the timing of church on Sunday mornings problematic. Music, art, poetry, scripture and other creative elements will be drawn from modern and ancient sources of faith and wisdom for the 30-minute service. Snacks, fun and games follow to add to the evening. For more, go to or call 978-356-2560. Ascension Memorial Church is located 31 County St., Ipswich.

What’s on at the
Salem Public Library

The Salem Public Library’s new 2023 programs are in person, and all require advance registration at or call 978-744-9667.

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 10 a.m., Tell Me A Cuento — ages 18 months to 5 years. A bilingual (English-Spanish) story time with Ms. Suzie. With parents or caregiver. Register online at or call:978-744-9667.

Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m., Sensory Bins — ages 18 months to 3 years with caregiver. Explore and learn through hands-on tactile play with our sensory bins which may include water, whipped cream and other food items. Dress for a mess! Register at or call 978-744-9667.

Tuesdays, 5:45 to 8:30 p.m., “Call of Cthulhu!” — grades 9-12 join us for Call of Cthulhu — a tabletop, role-playing game of cosmic horror. Journey back to the 1920s in witch-haunted Arkham, MA and brave the unknown. Limited to five investigators, materials provided. Play at your comfort level. Meets two Tuesdays a month: Jan. 17, 24; Feb. 7, 14; March 7 and 14. Registration is for all sx weeks, online at or call 978-744-9667.

Last Tuesday of month, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Anime Club for Teens and Tweens — Come watch anime and chat. Make origami, candy sushi, and more. Help choose what we’ll watch next. Meets the last Tuesday of every month: Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, and May 30. Tweens and teens grades 5+. Register online at or by calling 978-744-9667.

Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Baby Signs, Sign, Say & Play— six-weekly classes, program for parents and babies. Fun games, songs, and activities highlight developmental skills and teach infant/toddler sign language. Register once for all six weeks (Jan. 18 to March 1). No class Feb. 22. Space limited. Register online at or by calling 978-744-9667.

Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Art Start — ages 3-5. Practice early visual literacy with your tots as we explore classic and contemporary artworks together. Materials provided to create masterpieces of our own! With caregiver. Register online at or by calling 978-744-9667.

Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Babies & Books — 0-18 months – An interactive story-playtime and chance to bond with your baby with rhymes, stories, and songs! Register online at or by calling 978-744-9667.

Fridays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Polymer Clay Party — Grades 5 and up. Join Ms. Kate for workshop focused on crafting with polymer clay;. We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. materials provided. Let your imagination run wild while you play with some clay! For grades 5+. Register online at or by calling 978-744-9667.

The Salem Public Library is located at 70 Essex St, Salem.

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