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Upcoming Events:

Board GameBoard Game Night:  For teens/tweens in grades 6 to 12. Come to the Teen Room at the Reuben Hoar Library for a drop-in game night! Bring your friends and grab a game from our recently expanded collection. (D&D players always welcome!)  This event will be held regularly on alternating Thursdays. This month join us on 1/26, 6:00-7:30pm in the YA room. No registration required, just come have fun!

Hot Cocoa Tuesdays

For Teens/Tweens in grades 6-12: Come grab a free cup of hot cocoa in the YA room on Tuesdays from 2 to 6pm, and while you're here check out what else the library has to offer!  (This program was recommended by the Teen Advisory Board!)




Transparent Language Online

The library offers Transparent Language Online, free with your library card!  Choose from over 100 languages and learn at your own pace.  Start something new or brush up on rusty language skills.  For our younger patrons, KidSpeak activities are available in six languages. 

Click here to access this fantastic resource!

Transparent Language  Kidspeak time





Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm
  • Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
  • Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
  • Friday: 10 am - 4pm
  • Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Closed Dates

  • Monday - July 4, 2022 (Independence Day)
  • Monday - September 5, 2022 (Labor Day)
  • Monday - October 10, 2022 (Indigenous People's Day)
  • Wednesday - November 23, 2022 (Close at 4pm)
  • Thursday - November 24, 2022 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • Saturday - December 24, 2022 (Christmas Eve)
  • Monday - December 26, 2022 (Christmas)
  • Monday - January 2, 2023 (New Years)
  • Monday - February 20, 2023 (Presidents' Day)
  • Monday - April 17, 2023 (Patriots' Day)
  • Monday - May 29, 2023 (Memorial Day)
  • Monday - June 19, 2023 (Juneteenth)


Upcoming Programs in the Children's Room

March 2023


children reading


Story Times in
March 2023

P. J. Story Time with Mrs. Sill

March 8th. 

Wednesday at 6:30 PM

Children's Room/Drop In


"Littles and Letters" Story Times

on Wednesday

 with Mrs. Haduch

March 1st: Letter "T"

March 8th: Letter"U"

March 15th: Letter "V"

March 22nd: Letter "W"

(No class on the 29th)

at 11:00 AM in Sturtz Room

This is a story time intended for pre-school children.

We will be doing a letter a week, using stories, songs and crafts for each letter.

Please register online for this story time. 


Toddler Story Time

with Jen Hamilton

March 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 10:30

(No class on the 31st)

in Sturtz Room

For children ages 18 months to 36 months.

Please sign up for this popular class as space is limited. 


We have a special Facebook Page for our Children's posts and story times.

Ask to join this private page: RHL Children's Page.

         Past story time programs can be found on that Facebook page 

which we recorded from October 2020 to May 2021.



Lego Club for ages 6 and up

March 22nd at 3:00-4:30

Sturtz Room  

Come in and play with our thousands of Legos!
lego picture  

Sign up online, please. 


Spud Murphy

Third Grade Book Club

March 9th at 4:30-5:15

Murray Room


Join Miss Jennifer for a fun-filled, action-packed book club! The book for March's meeting is

The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer.

We will have a fun discussion, play games, do a book-related craft and have a snack!

Copies of the book will be behind the circulation desk and you can pick them up beginning February 9!

Just tell the librarians at the desk that you need a copy of the 3rd grade book club book.



Investi gators

Graphic Novel Book Club

This is a group of kids in grades 3 and up who love reading graphic novels.

The book series that we will read is: Investi Gators by John Patrick Green.

There are 6 in the series and you can read any of them. Please bring the book with you to the class. Mrs. Haduch will request a few of the first one and they will be at the front desk. 


Please sign up so that we know who is joining this group. 





We are happy to announce

that after 2 1/2 years,

we are offering our Babygarten program again!

We will have a Winter Session

Class dates will be:

February 2 and 9

and March 2, 9,16 and 23

at 10:30 in the Sturtz Room

for babies from birth to 18 months.

Please sign up online for this popular class. 


Babygarten is a program that brings caregivers and babies together for an hour of stimulating experiences 

intended to nurture the bond between caregiver and child, 

and to increase the caregiver's awareness of their child's development. 

Babygarten's primary focus is the healthy development of infants aged 0-18 months old

with an emphasis on language enrichment and pre-literacy skills. 

The program includes nursery rhymes and songs, book sharing, parenting information,

a developmental craft, and a free-play period when babies play and caregivers can talk. 

Space is limited to 12 babies every week so please sign up for the classes

that you are able to attend. We will have a wait list. 

It will run for six weeks at 10:30 in the Sturtz Room. 


Dancing children

Movement and Books

The five-class schedule will be:

March 14, 21 and 28; April 4 and 11.

This will meet at 10:30 in the Sturtz Room at the RHL.

Join Miss Sarah from L'Ecole de Ballet for a children's story time, paired with a dance & movement activity.

Each week we will read a story and then translate it into movement. We will include fundamental activities of creative dance as well, including body awareness, space awareness, music awareness, finger play activities, and other activities to develop children's creativity.

Ballets are simple stories told through movement, and this class will explore that concept.

This program is designed for preschoolers.

Please sign up online as there are a limited number of places available.

Furry Foster Family cover

Second Grade Book Club

March 15th

3:00 to 3:45

 Murray Conference Room


We will be reading "Time Jumpers, Stealing the Sword" by Wendy Mass.

This is the first in the series of 4. You can read the book to yourself, or someone can read them to you. 

The books are available at the RHL or can be requested from MVLC.

Mrs. Haduch will order some copies from other libraries and have them at the front desk to be picked up in the weeks before our meeting. 

 Please bring the book with you to our book club meeting. 

Sign up online as space is limited. 





Our Winter Reading Program was very successful!

We had 195 children sign up

and they read for a total of 1,267 hours!

The 9 prize winners were very happy

and the scavenger hunts were a lot of fun!

Stay tuned for June 19th when the Summer Reading Program will begin!


busy bee


Sign up for "Busy Bees Play Time" at the RHL!

Our first session will be held on Monday, March 13th from 10:00-11:30 in the Sturtz Room.

We have toys and a nice warm room!

Just add young children!

What more do you need to have a fun play time?

All preschool aged children are invited with their caregivers to come and play in the RHL Sturtz Room!

It will be a nice time to meet other parents while your children are as busy as bees!

Please sign up online for this new event.





Massachusetts Children's Book Award

2022-2023 Nominees

You will be voting in April for your favorite!

Isla to Island by Castellanos

Twins by Johnson & Wright

Black Brother Black Brother by Parker-Rhodes

I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944: A Graphic Novel by Tarshis & Sarraseca

Blackbird Girls by Blankman

Lemons by Savage

P.S. I Miss You by Petro-Roy

Arlo Finch and the Valley of Fire by August

A Wolf Called Wander by Parry

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Stead

Yummy: A History of Desserts by Elliot

Alone by Freeman

Amari and the Night Brothers by Alston

Isaiah Dunn is My Hero by Baptist

Prairie Lotus by Park

Roll with It by Sumner

Too Bright To See by Lukoff

Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Cuevas

CeCe Rios and the Desert of Souls by Rivera

Ancestor Approved by Smith

Simon B Rhymin by Reed

Float by Martin

Marley Dias Gets it Done by Dias

Dragon Egg Princess by Oh

History Smashers: Plagues and Pandemics by Messner & Koch


We have copies here in the Children's Room just in case you need to read that last one!

They are located right as you come into the Children's Room, on the RIGHT. 


Massachusetts Children’s Book Award honors books that promote reading for pleasure

among students in grades four through six. Read any five books and you will be able to vote for your favorite in April 2023.

The Massachusetts Children's Book Award is sponsored by Salem State University