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Current & Virtual Events: January 8, 2021

Fivesparks events

Go to fivesparks.org for more information or to sign up or get a Zoom link for these programs: 

  • Zoom Felting with Rachel Benson.  Polar Bear 1/20, Taco Face 1/27, Painting with Wool Winter Scene 1/27, Painting with Wool, Wet & Needle Skills 1/22 and 1/29. Times and additional details at fivesparks.org.
  • Midwinter Music Evenings. 2/19 and 2/21. Virtual strings concerts by Boston Conservatory students.

Library hosts virtual storytimes and book groups

All storytimes, book groups, and events are virtual via Zoom. To learn more, or to be added to a storytime or book group, send an email to childrensroom@harvardpublicli brary.org and indicate your child’s age. A unique Zoom link will be emailed to participants the day before each meeting.

Please note: Groups are limited to Harvard residents or HES/Bromfield students. Others may register one week in advance provided there is space available.

The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Day.

  • Infant Storytime for infants to 2-year-olds; Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Storytime for 2s and 3s; Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Stories for 4s and 5s; Mondays, 1:30 p.m.
  • Book Group for Fourth-Graders; Monday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Fifth-Graders; Tuesday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Sixth-Graders; Tuesday, Jan. 26, 4 p.m.
  • Virtual Book Gobblers; book discussion for grades 1-2; Monday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m.
  • Author and Illustrator Virtual Visit; Wednesday, Jan. 13; more details below
  • Write Stuff; for grades 4 to 6, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m.
  • Teen Advisory Board; Tuesday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m.
  • Virtual Brown Bag Book Club; for adults, Wednesday, Jan. 20, noon
  • Virtual Lego Club; for ages 5 and up; Wednesday Jan. 20, 3 p.m.
  • Teen Connections Book Club; Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
  • Children’s Literature Book Group for Grownups; Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
  • Virtual Book Gobblers; for grades 1-2; Monday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m.

Author and illustrator virtual visit

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m., Harvard author Katy Covino and her coauthor Elizabeth Englander will be joined by Harvard teen illustrator Caroline Charland to talk about their new book, “The Insanely Awesome Pandemic Playbook: A Humorous Mental Health Guide for Kids.” This virtual visit will feature the authors reading aloud from the book, a question-and-answer period, and a drawing lesson.

Preregistration is required; send an email to childrensroom@harvardpubliclibrary.org to register. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants the day before the program. Nonresidents may register one week in advance of the event, provided that there is space available.


Women’s Business Network addresses negotiating outcomes

The Women’s Business Network (WBN) will meet via Zoom Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7:15 p.m. The featured speaker will be Megan Marini, personal coach and business consultant, speaking on negotiating outcomes in business and life. WBN is a group of 55 women in small businesses, professional practices, nonprofits, and the arts who meet monthly for mutual support, education, and networking. For more information or for the  Zoom link for the meeting, contact Deb Oliva at dboliva@charter.net or 617-543-1208. See www.facebook.com/WomensBusinessNetwork for event information or www.wbn-ma.org for membership info.


Journey into Nipmuc land 

On Friday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. the Warner Free Lecture Trust and Arm in Arm will  cohost “We are the Story, We are the Land,” a Zoom presentation. Guest speaker will be award-winning writer, poet, and educator Larry Spotted Crow Mann, a citizen of the Nipmuc tribe. He will speak about the spiritual, cultural, and social significance of place and the art of story, and their effect on the  indigenous peoples of New England. The talk will also center on the personal journey of the survival and perseverance of the Nipmuc people and their continued efforts to share their story and shape new ones for coming generations.

Go to tinyurl.com/WFLeventbrite to register and get the Zoom link for this free event.


Harvard Community Conference (HC2)

This year’s Harvard Community Conference (HC2) will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom and is sponsored by Arm in Arm. The theme is “Belonging: Personal, Local, Global.” Featuring local speakers with diverse personal experiences, the goal of the conference is to spark discussion about diversity by highlighting personal stories. Registration is required and will be open through Jan. 15 at https://hc2-belonging.eventbrite.com. This year’s speakers will be Shey Bala, Shann Castle, Marisa Khurana, Timur Sahin, Christiane Turnheim, and Christine Zacharer. For more information, contact Brooke Caroom at 21bcaroom@psharvard.org.


Arm in Arm hosts book read

Following the Warner Free Lecture event on indigenous peoples, Arm in Arm will host a book read on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The book is “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The Harvard Public Library will provide copies. The book is available in hardcover, paperback,  and audio from booksellers. 

More information on this event will be available later in January.

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