Nahant Public Library plans summer program events

(Spenser R. Hasak)

NAHANT – The first two weeks after Independence Day are going to be busy for the Nahant Public Library.

The schedule, along with regular events such as story times and craft lunches, also includes the Burpee Petting Zoo, the Summer Musical Series and the Through Me to You puppet show.

Children are invited to come to the Records and Burpee’s Traveling Zoo on July 6 at 67 Flash Road from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will feature different types of barn animals. Children will have the chance to pet and feed the animals while spending time with friends.

“Join us for some animal fun,” the library flyer reads.

Records and Burpee offers a variety of first-class educational programs and attractions. Animals appear at fairs, parks, schools, libraries, museums, special events, promotions, television programs and in advertising.

A family couple, Lawrence Records and Alexandra Burpee, founded Records and Burpee animal shows in 1987. Their experience in animal care, showing and training dates back to 1971.

“Our family of animals are viewed live by over one million people every year,” reads the company’s official website.

The Burpee Petting Zoo is made possible by the Friends of the Library, along with another library summer attraction – Through Me to Your Puppetry due July 12 from 10-11 a.m. at 67 Flash Road (Flash Road Park).

“Thanks to Friends of the Library, we’re thrilled to bring Leigh Baltzer from Through Me To You Puppetry,” reads the library’s website.

Through Me To You Puppetry will show Nahant a puppet play session that includes stories and songs performed by the puppets. The program is interactive and allows children to engage their minds and bodies during the show and try out hand and finger puppets. The program is aimed at children from 3 to 7 years old, “but all are welcome”. says the website.

“Newton and his puppet friends take turns reading stories and singing songs with the children. At the end of the show, children are invited to say hello to Newton,” reads the library’s website.

Through Me To You Puppetry is committed to exploring themes of love, courage, and compassion through the wonderful, wondrous world of puppetry. Its mission, the company’s website reads, is to help anyone who believes in themselves pursue their dreams.

“And don’t let doubt or fear stop them,” the site reads.

Same day as Through Me To You Puppetry, July 12, the library is also holding its weekly Pen Pal Drop-In session, but it will be held from 2-3 p.m. instead of the usual time from 11 a.m. “due to a scheduling conflict,” according to the library’s website. library.

For its adult visitors, the Nahant Public Library offers a summer music series that begins July 7 at 6:30 p.m. with an hour of music by Nahant resident Lisa Haley. Library website invites visitors to join Summer Music Series events on the shaded back lawn (or indoors in case of rain) July 14,and 21 for relaxing and musical evenings.

“We have three great musicians lined up and a good mix of musical styles,” reads the library’s official website.

Gian Carlo Buscaglia performs soothing classic Spanish and Latin American songs on July 14 and 21. Berklee-trained musician Chris James plays indie and classic rock covers as well as some of his original compositions.

Visitors to the Nahant Public Library are also invited to participate in regular activities such as Wednesday craft lunches held outside in the playground behind the library, weather permitting, from 3-4 p.m. and story time on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Flash Road Playground.

For more information, please contact the library at [email protected] or by phone at 781 581 0306, or check the library calendar at

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