Children, in grades 1-5, who are struggling with reading are invited to read with Coco! Certified reading therapy dog Coco, and her owner Randi, will visit the library twice a month to help children practice reading and gain confidence. Six 10 minute slots (3 per day) will be available for children to read aloud to Coco one-on-one. Children may bring their own book or use a library book.
Essex National Heritage Area sites offer over 150 free family fun events over two weekends each September for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area will provide a passport to fun and adventure. It’s all FREE and it’s all located within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County. You can read more about it Trails & Sails 2018
Come to Sawyer Free Library for a fun afternoon where kids can talk and share their experiences in the kitchen. Register and check out a copy of the Around the World Cookbook by Abigail Dodge, let the library know which recipe you will make at home and the bring the dish to the library to share and discuss!
Spend some time with your child reading with Reading Buddy, Zyla the Therapy Dog. Zyla is a beautiful and gentle collie who loves stories of all kinds, so come read to her. These sessions are great for building reading skills and helping readers of all levels gain confidence.
Celebrate local author, illustrator and artist Virginia Lee Burton with story time, playing and art making at Sawyer Free Library. Listen to the story of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel , create your own art and then climb aboard and explore a cool construction vehicle! This is a great hands-on learning experience for children ages 2 and up!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will be offering workshops for children and adults to kick-off the new Cape Ann Reads initiative. This program will take place at the Cape Ann Museum and is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are required.
Enjoy the spirit of the season and take home the fragrance of the forest. We will read The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown. Then we will visit the forest to identify a variety of evergreens by their shape, needles, cones, and fragrance.
SalemRecycles is hosting their annual textile recycling event! Clean out your closets the green way - drop off USABLE and UNUSABLE textiles at SalemRecycles' fifth annual Clothing and Textile Recycling Drive. Look for the Goodwill truck in Riley Plaza (212 Washington Street, Salem). Usable items will be sold in Goodwill stores; unusable items will be recycled into new products.
SalemRecycles is hosting their semi-annual book and media swap. If you have items to drop off [videos, CDs, DVDs and books], you may do so on Saturday when you arrive or the Friday before between 5:30-7 pm. Volunteers will be available to help unload. No swap is needed in order to attend; participants can choose to donate materials, take materials or do both.
Sawyer Free Library invites kids to a great program that digs into their creativity! There will be lots fo great craft activities for kids to express themselves including: make your poster for the Topsfield Fair, gorw a grass head, make a dinosaur skeleton, create a jeweled turtle and more! All Ages are welcome!
Learn about the Folly Cove Designers' process, then get to work in the Children's Activity Center. Explore the Folly Cove Designs, create prints using stamps, foam shapes and styrofoam. Also, examine a linoleum block and tools similar to those used by the original Designers. This drop-in program is free for members and Cape Ann residents or with Museum admission. For more information call 978-283-0455 x16.
Tuesday, September 25
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