Events in the next 5 months

Title: Summer Reading Kickoff Party!
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

Stop by to sign up for Summer Reading, eat a free popsicle, and enjoy:

10:00-12:00 Facepainting and bubbles on the library lawn

10:15-11:00 Ed the Wizard's Alchemy Laboratory!

11:15-12:15 Hula hooping demo and instruction on the lawn with Wildkat Hoops!

Thank you to The Friends of Forbes Library for sponsoring this event.

Title: The Hitchcock Center Presents: Rot to Riches!
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

Rot to Riches is a hands-on, interactive 50-minute program about the wonders of compost, and the creatures--large and small-- that help turn old scraps into new plants. Led by a Hitchcock educator, kids and their grown-ups will read an empowering story, learn the basic science of decomposition, play a "what's compostable?" game and meet live insects and annelids from our collection. This program is great for kids ages 4-6 but siblings of other ages are welcome, too!

Thank you to The Friends of Forbes Library for sponsoring this event.

Title: Playful Engineers Presents: Artful Mechanisms!
Date: Saturday, July 6, 2024
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

Kids build basic structures for their own artful mechanisms that send messages, tell stories, or accomplish tasks. As they build according to instructions, they are also beginning to conceive and create their own designs to overlay those structures. That process in turn may lead to modifications of the structures. Engineering informs design, and vice versa. 

This event is sponsored by Curran and Keegan Financial.

Title: Science Heroes Presents: Adventure of the Lost Treasure
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

Join Science Heroes on a treasure-hunting adventure deep within the jungle!

Along the way, the audience helps the performer conduct exciting science experiments that bring this story to life!

Experiment with chemical reactions, air pressure, physical explosions, and more!

Don’t miss this exciting and interactive STEM learning adventure!

Thank you to The Friends of Forbes Library for sponsoring this event.

Title: Special Storytime and Concert with MISTER G!
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2024
Time: 10:30am - 11:00am
Presenter: Sarah Johnson
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

Join us for a special storytime and concert with MISTER G! Ben Gundersheimer (known onstage at MISTER G) is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, and educator. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by The Washington Post, and “irresistble” by People magazine, he tours internationally playing everywhere from Lollapalooza and Lincoln Center to climate change rallies on Capitol Hill. An official partner of the United States Forest Service and the author of four multicultural picture books published by Penguin Random House, MISTER G’s stories and songs performances aim to help children see each other across borders and foster cross-cultural connections.

Title: Arts & Crafts with Paco!
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Arts and Crafts, Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

Do you love Paco? Do you also love crafts?! Then you are invited to the Paco Craft Party/Arts & Crafts with Paco/Paco-Palooza! Join Mass Audubon educator Kelly Walbert to learn more about Forbes’ Library’s favorite fish and create a Paco-themed craft to take home! This program is for children ages 5-12 and their families.

Title: Tom Knight: Musical Puppet Show!
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

Based in Western Massachusetts, Tom Knight has been delighting children and their grown-ups with his original, interactive, musical puppet show since 1988.  His unique blend of musicianship and puppetry celebrates reading (“The Library Boogie”), the environment (“The Garbage Monster”), and science (“The Solar System”), with hand-made puppets, catchy songs, and lots of audience participation. 

The vibrant and amusing visual elements appeal to children as young as 2, while fun lyrics engage children up to twelve, and adults, too! Tom has performed more than 1000 times at libraries, schools, pre-schools, summer camps, museums, and festivals across the country.  He just released his 6th studio album for families - Look Both Ways!

“Whimsical and with sensitivity. Never preachy.”– Ithaca Times

“Affirming, empowering, and kid-friendly. Not only educational, it’s thought-provoking.”– School Library Journal

Thank you to The Friends of Forbes Library for sponsoring this event.

Title: The Poop Museum
Date: Saturday, August 3, 2024
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

The Poop Museum is the place to come for those who are curious and have questions about poop, and also, if like Susie Maguire, they LOVE poop, and think it’s fascinating! Susie is a poop expert who thinks poop is THE most interesting subject in the world. She has studied poop for years and loves nothing more than sharing her expansive knowledge of poop
with the people of the world. At The Poop Museum, everyone learns many fantastic, fabulous and fun facts about human, animal and insect poop, many of which truly amaze and surprise.

Just a few of the poopers that visitors to the Poop Museum will meet, include:

- The world’s messiest pooper
- The animal that has poop attack powers
- The animal that uses poop as protection
- The rainbow pooper
- The animal that has to hold its poop ALL winter long

At The Poop Museum, everyone learns A LOT, and some of the facts that are shared are mind blowing! But The Poop Museum is also full of laughter ... because ... well ... our subject is poop and Susie has found a wonderful way to blend solid science, with the hilarity that humans love, when it comes to poop. 

So come and see us to learn and laugh and talk all about poop when The Poop Museum visits your town! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you to The Friends of Forbes Library for sponsoring this event.

About Susie Maguire:
Susie is an award winning teacher, storyteller and event creator for children and adults. As a creative learning and development specialist and consultant, Susie’s company created
events around the world for many of the world’s biggest and best companies including Unilever, Hewlett-Packard, Pepsi-Co, Facebook, Ericsson and many more.

Susie is blessed to have a son (now 20) who she world-schooled as they travelled to more than 60 countries. They have called the US, Canada, France, the UK and now The Netherlands (Holland) home.

Susie has worked with children all over the world, for more than 20 years at children’s charities, schools, libraries, nurseries, kindergartens, home education groups and organisations like The Institute of Imagination in London.

Title: Musical Petting Zoo Presented by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra!
Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2024
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

The Musical Petting Zoo is a fun and informative hands-on traveling exhibit of musical instruments! After an introduction to the instruments, participants get a chance to bow a violin, blow a horn or tap out a rhythm on a drum. Here’s your chance to try an instrument in a judgment-free zone that encourages exploration and excitement!

Thank you to The Friends of Forbes Library for sponsoring this event.

Title: Nature Journaling with Author Naila Moreira
Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2024
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Author Events, Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

Join Naila Moreira, author of the middle grade novel The Monarchs of Winghaven, for a nature journaling workshop for kids. All materials will be provided. Signed copies of The Monarchs of Winghaven will be available for purchase.

Naila Moreira has loved nature and writing since childhood. Her bird-and-nature watching and her work as a geologist have taken her to the coasts, forests and grasslands of New England, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Brazil. Through it all, she’s kept her pen busy writing about her adventures. A former artist-in-residence at the Shoals Marine Laboratory in Maine, Naila Moreira now teaches at Smith College in Massachusets, where she lives with her family. Find her online at www.nailamoreira.com.

Title: Our Amazing Butterflies & Tie-Dye T-Shirt Activity!
Date: Thursday, August 15, 2024
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Arts and Crafts, Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading
Description:

Audiences will see wonderful slides of our local butterflies presented by Jerry Schneider, creator of the award-winning Butterfly Game. Audiences will answer questions such as: What is good butterfly habitat? How can we attract more butterflies into our community? When, how, and why do Monarch butterflies go to Mexico? In addition to answering these questions, we will learn interesting butterfly characteristics (did you know that butterflies taste with their feet?). Jerry brings displays of butterflies and moths, cocoons, and sometimes caterpillars. The
second half of the program is a wonderful tee shirt craft! Heavy cotton Gildan tee shirts are $5.00, or kids may bring their own.

Thank you to The Friends of Forbes Library for sponsoring this event.

Photo courtesy of Wiscasset Public Library.

Title: Off the Wall Games Presents: A Magic the Gathering Tournament!
Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Community Room
Categories: Children's Events, One-Time Events, Summer Reading, Teen Events
Registration: Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Join the folks from Off the Wall Games for a sealed deck Magic the Gathering tournament! Cards will be provided to all players. Please feel free to bring lunch. For ages 10-17 only. The tournament will likely take around 4 hours. *Registration is required and will be capped at 15 people.* Online registration will open on Saturday, August 3 at 11 AM. Please email childrens@forbeslibrary.org with any questions!