Tuesday, July 8
Topsfield: Nature Adventures with Picture Books: Who Lives in a Tree?, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Read “Who Lives in a Tree?” by Susan Canizares, then take a hike to find signs of animals hiding in and around the forest trees. Using hand lenses and bug boxes, examine salamanders, fungi and other forest creatures. Mass Audubon members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Preregistration required at 978-887-9264 or massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
Hamilton: Armchair Travel: Visiting Through Fiction, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Discuss Sue Henry’s “Murder at Five Finger Light,” then take a look at a few DVD clips highlighting the region. Bring a lunch; coffee, tea and dessert provided. www.hwlibrary.org.
Middleton: Dragons and Dreams, 2 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St. Learn about the science of fire and ice by experimenting, exploding bottles, dry ice and more. 978-774-8132, www.flintlibrary.org.
Swampscott: Skins & Scales Live Animal Program, 3 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. An in-depth and hands-on program about the secret world of nature’s most terrifying and awe-inspiring animals. Live animals will be present. For children ages 5 and up. Free. Beth Coughlin/Izzi Abrams, 781-596-8867.
Beverly: Teens: Historical Swords, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Check out a large collection of historical swords, learn all about them and see live demonstrations. A teen event open only to young adults entering grades 6 to 12. Free admission. Refreshments provided. Handicapped accessible. For more information call 978-921-6062 or email Allison at email@example.com.
Beverly: American Quilts, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Farms Branch Library, 24 Vine St. Elizabeth Enfield, a quilt dealer for more than 40 years, will present an illustrated lecture and quilt display titled “American Quilts from 4-Square to Mickey Mouse.” Audience members may bring an old quilt for discussion. 978-922-2513.