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January 29, 2017

Corduroy Bear Storytime, with Corduroy Himself!

Join Barnes & Noble Prudential Center on Sunday, January 29 at 1 pm for a “beary” special storytime! The real Corduroy Bear will be in attendance to welcome you and your little ones to a Corduroy-themed storytime. Take photos and read some Corduroy favorites with everyone’s most treasured childhood bear. Learn more here. 

Start: January 29, 2017 1:00 am
End: January 29, 2017 2:00 pm
Venue: Barnes & Noble Prudential Center
Phone: 617-247-6959
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, United States

January 28, 2017

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kickoff at Framingham Library

The Framingham Public Library is launching an early literacy initiative called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The program helps kids build their early literacy skills and fosters a love of reading. Even one book a day adds up to 1,000 books in three years! Join them at the Main Library for thier kickoff event on Saturday, January 28 from 11 am to 12 pm. Children will receive a free book bag, log sheet and other goodies. The program is for children 0-5 (pre-K) and their caregivers. Learn more on the Framingham Public Library’s website. 

Start: January 28, 2017 11:00 am
End: January 28, 2017 12:00 pm
Venue: Framingham Public Library
Phone: 508-532-5570
49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA, 01702, United States
Cost: Free

January 14, 2017

Meet local author Lois Sargent at the Peabody Institute Library

Lois Sargent, author of “What Makes The United States?” will be visiting the Peabody Institute Library on Saturday, January 14 at 10:30 am. The book has been described as a first Civics lesson for kids, and it relates the topic in an accessible and fun way. Come hear this great story read by the woman who wrote it!

Sign up for the event here. It is open to all.

Ms. Sargent will have books available for purchase, but purchasing a book is not required to attend the event.

Date: January 14, 2017
Venue: Peabody Institute Library
Phone: (978) 531-0100
82 Main Street, Peabody, MA, 01960, United States

December 10, 2016

Darlene the Drama Queen Storytime with Author Melanie Gillespie

Join Barnes & Noble Prudential Center on Saturday Dec 10 at 3 pm to meet local author Mel Gillespie (Mel O Drama) who will be reading her first published children’s book, “Darlene the Drama Queen Raises the Curtain on Confidence!” Teaching children to believe in themselves using theatrical exercises, Darlene the Drama Queen and her colorful friends will come to life in the reading offering tools to children who sometimes feel shy. Mel has a drama school for children in Milton and Quincy MA, so she has seen first-hand the positive effects a drama class can have on a child’s self-confidence!

In this magical book, Darlene helps Shy Lucy shake off her bashfulness using some silly exercises and she helps Lucy look into a mirror using the power of positive affirmations to remind herself how AWESOME she is!

So bring your Drama Queens and Kings along to meet Mel and her colorful cast of dramatic friends! Best suited to ages 3-8 years of age.

Learn more here.

Start: December 10, 2016 3:00 pm
End: December 10, 2016 4:00 pm
Venue: Barnes & Noble Prudential Center
Phone: 617-247-6959
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, United States

December 8, 2016 – December 9, 2016

Keys to Early Writing

This 2-day professional development program presented by Keys to Literacy trains teachers to introduce basic oral and written expression skills to students in grades K-3. Participants learn best practices to address the writing requirements of Common Core standards, use oral language to develop a foundation for written language, introduce the stages of the writing process, and introduce basic text structures for the three types of writing. Learn more and register here.

Start: December 8, 2016 8:30 am
End: December 9, 2016 3:30 pm
Venue: Holiday Inn Taunton
700 Myles Standish Boulevard, Taunton, MA, 02780, United States

November 23, 2016 – January 2, 2017

21st Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

Come to the Concord Museum to celebrate the 21st Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. The exhibit is opening to the public on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 through January 2, 2017. Admire up to 40 fancifully decorated Holiday Trees throughout the Concord Museum inspired by favorites from children’s literature, contemporary and classic. Renowned children’s book illustrator Jerry Pinkney will serve as this year’s Honorary Chair of the 21st Annual Family Trees. Pinkney has illustrated over 100 titles since beginning his career in 1964 and is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal and five Caldecott Honors for children’s literature. (A tree inspired by Pinkney’s The Grasshopper and the Ants will be featured.)

Start: November 23, 2016
End: January 2, 2017
Venue: Concord Museum
200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA, 01742, United States

November 19, 2016

International Games Day @ Your Library

On November 19, head to your local public library to celebrate the 9th annual International Games Day. Libraries will be showcasing a variety of games for all ages. The event celebrates all types of gaming — from board games to video games. Check with your local library for event information.


Date: November 19, 2016

November 17, 2016 – November 18, 2016

The Key Comprehension Routine

The Common Core Literacy Standards place significant emphasis on having teachers of all subjects and grades teach literacy skills. Keys to Literacy comprehension strategies provide instruction that all teachers can immediately use to teach these skills. Their professional development offers an opportunity to learn research-based strategies that result in high levels of classroom practice, student achievement and alignment to the Common Core. Learn more and register here. 

Start: November 17, 2016 8:30 am
End: November 18, 2016 3:30 pm
Venue: Embassy Suites Hotel
123 Boston Post Rd West, Marlboro, 01752, United States

November 15, 2016

Family Fun Event with Pumpernickel Puppets

Please join Brockton CFCE, the Brockton Parents’ Academy, and the Brockton Adult Learning Center for a Family Fun Event with Pumpernickel Puppets. This free event will be held on November 15 at 6 pm. It is for families and children ages birth through third grade. A light supper will be provided before the performance. Reservations are required. Please call 508-580- 7491 or email

Date: November 15, 2016
Venue: Adult Learning Center
211 Crescent Street, Brockton, MA, 02302, United States

November 10, 2016

Family Literacy Fun Day at Lawrence Public Library

Join the Lawrence Public Library on November 10 from 5 pm to 8 pm for their Family Literacy Fun Day celebration. The event includes:

  • Special guest readers
  • Crafts and games
  • Raffles
  • Face painting
  • Library tours
  • Parent workshops
  • Community resources
  • And more!
Start: November 10, 2016 5:00 pm
End: November 10, 2016 8:00 pm
Venue: Lawrence Public Library
51 Lawrence St, Lawrence, MA, 01841, United States
Cost: Free
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