CHILDREN’S LITERACY EVENT. Sunday, Feb. 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Aviv Centers for Living, Woodbridge Community Room, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. North Suburban Jewish Community Center and the Coordinator Family & Community Engagement program present children’s author April Prince reading “What do Wheels do All Day,” followed by an art project and other related activities. Free; open to toddlers and children up to age 6 with caregivers. 978-471-5520 or www.nsjcc.org.
STORY TRAILS: “THE RAJAH’S RICE.” Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 to 3 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, meet at information desk, East India Square, Salem. Read David Barry’s story, then create a colored rice mosaic to take home. Program for children ages 5 to 8 with adult. Tickets available day of program. 978-745-9500, ext. 3011, or pem.org/calendar.
NANOTECHNOLOGY DEMYSTIFIED. Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Boxford resident Bob Spillman will talk about the implications of a certain technology on other fields as diverse as privacy and the arms race. Free. Sponsored by the Boxford Cultural Council. 978-887-7323.
“GOOGLE EARTH” PRESENTATION. Friday, Feb. 1, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Attendees will learn about Google Earth and its features, and visit places like the pyramids, Buckingham Palace or the houses they grew up in. No computer skills necessary. www.hwlibrary.org.
ELECTRONICS DRIVE. Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, Ipswich Middle School, 130 High St. To benefit the school. All collected items are recycled, and storage devices are shredded. For a list of accepted items and prices, contact 603-437-6945 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HERITAGE INDEPENDENT FILMS. Thursday, Jan. 31, “Gloucestermen,” 11:30 a.m., and “Civil War Life and Medicine,” 12:15 p.m., at Hollywood Hits Theatre, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. Also, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in February, “Ghost Stories and Mysterious Places in Essex County.” $5/general. 978-777-2711.
“THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.” Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Gordon Room, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Heritage Films presents program about slave movement on the North Shore with a look at tunnels under Salem and a perspective on Robert Rollins, a black soldier buried in Andover, who fought in the 54th Regiment Massachusetts of the Civil War. Free. 978-777-2711.