Children’s Programming





Summer Reading Program Activities:





Theme: A Universe of Stories @ the

East Smithfield Public Library!


Stop by the library this summer and explore the many ways that reading may get you started on interacting with other people, exploring new places, and getting involved in stimulating activities. Excitement and adventure await you at the library when you read stories about amazing people, places, and experiences that will thrill you, make you cry, and hopefully make you a better person. Storytellers will amuse and amaze you with their unique and heart-warming stories. You will participate in performances and programs that will “inspire” you! But most of all, you will have some fun and learn a little more about yourself and your place in this wonderful world of ours.


Question: What has fun activities, cool prizes, and hours of enjoyable reading?


Answer:                 The East Smithfield Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program. Evidence collected from past participants of the Summer Reading Program will show that this is truly a fun-filled adventure!


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Where: The East Smithfield Public Library

50 Esmond Street

Smithfield, RI 02917

Phone: 231-5150

Fax: 231-2940

Web address:


When:   Early July – August


How It Works:

 The program runs from July 1 to August 8. You will receive a reading log and progress stickers. You can earn admission coupons to local attractions. Summer reading helps children maintain and improve their reading skills. As always, reading is its own reward! Remember: “Libraries: A Universe of Stories!”


The Sumer Reading Program is sponsored by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Friends of the East Smithfield Public Library, and the East Smithfield Public Library.   


Ages:               The reading program welcomes children of all abilities and ages up through 12 years old.




Performances and Special Events

Performances last for approximately 45 minutes and are suitable for children ages 5-12 (unless otherwise noted). Registration is recommended due to space limitations. If, after signing up for a program, you are unable to attend, please notify the library.


Thursday, August 8 @ 2:00 p.m.  

Brian Kampper: MobileQuest – Intergalactic Steam Space Station

MobileQuest is a R.I. based STEAM education team who provide fun and engaging STEAM learning experiences for students in grades K-8. We provide an “out of this world” STEAM experience for participants with 6 space stations including “code the alien robot”, Space Landing (engineering a space landing shuttle), and turn the lights on – complete a circuit to light up the moon. Ages 5-10.


Friday, August 9 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

End of the Summer Reading Program Celebration

Come and join us at the library for pizza, lemonade, popsicles, and fun!



Fun Programs:

Heritage Ballet’s “Literature into Life” Series:

Tuesday, August 6, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Children will analyze a chosen piece of literature from “A Universe of Stories” theme, in order to bring the story to life through music and movement. This is a six week program and on the last day, children will perform the story for family and friends. Ages 5 to 7.


Cursive Writing Program

Wednesday, August 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

This is a six week program taught by a retired elementary school teacher. This exciting program will teach children how to write in cursive. This program is designed for children in 3rd grade or older.





For children ages 3-12.

(Registration required for all programs)


TODDLER STORYTIME - The library will present toddler storytime programs for children aged 2-31/2 on Monday mornings from 10:30-11:00 a.m. A parent/caregiver must participate in the program. Registration is required.


TINY TOTS STORYTIME - Tuesdays from 10:30-11:00 a.m. The Tiny Tots Storytime is for children 1-2 years old and will be held on August 6, 20, and 27. We will read books, sing songs, and do finger plays. See Ms. Carol for further details.


PANCAKES AND PAJAMAS STORYTIME – Thursday, August 1 @ 6:30 p.m. Come to the library in your pajamas and slippers! If you wish, you may also bring your favorite stuffed animal to join in the fun. There will be yummy pancakes to enjoy! This program is for ages 3 and older.





Other Summer Programming and Activities




Theme: A Universe of Stories @ the East Smithfield Public Library

Guide to “A Universe of Stories” @ East Smithfield Public Library

First, you will need to sign up here: Between the time you register and August 6 you will need to fill out a short form asking what you thought about each book you read. This form can be downloaded by visiting . For each book you read, you will be given a ticket. At the end of the program the librarian will put all of the participants’ tickets into a basket. If the librarian picks out your ticket, you will win a prize. The more you read, the more chances you have to win. Tickets can also be gained by attending the special events. The teen that reads the most books will win a special prize at the end of the program. Email:, or Call 231-5150 x 3.

What to Read?

You can read ANY books you want for the summer reading program. Do you need suggestions? You can come in and the youth services librarians will help you choose books that interest you. 

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The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the East Smithfield Public Library, and the Friends of the East Smithfield Public Library.


Across the Universe - Monday, August 5 @ 6:00 p.m. We will examine the different parts of the universe. Participants will view images of Earth and Mars and compare their features, just like a scientist would. From the library, we will take a trip to Mars and check out its surface. Participants will create a "star clock" that they can take home and use to tell time by examining the position of the Big Dipper in the night sky. We will use our knowledge to study the Universe. Registration is required.


Wednesday, August 7th @ 6:00 p.m.

Splendid, Enormous, Superlative, Ice Cream Spectacle of Awe and General Amazement

Today is the wrap-up of the Young Adult Summer Reading Program. All those who participated and read books for the summer reading program are invited. Use your creativity as you decorate your ice cream sundae with a dazzling array of toppings. Prizes will also be awarded to those who actively participated in this summer’s program.





INDIVIDUAL TECHNOLOGY HELP SESSIONS – Wednesday evenings @ 5:00-7:00 p.m. Technology help sessions continue on each Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 p.m., the East Smithfield Public Library will be offering “Individual Technology Help Sessions” for its patrons. Patrons must call the library and register for their specific help session. If this program proves successful, the library will schedule other help sessions as needed. Contact Michael Cardin at 231-5150 x3, or email:



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END OF SUMMER SAND CASTING - Monday, August 19th @ 6 p.m. Join us for a fun, free workshop where we will explore the art of sand casting. Bring your summer treasures to the library and we will show you how to cast them in sand to preserve your memories. Shells, stones, sea glass, other bits and bobs from nature, really any sort of shape that can leave an impression in sand will work. We will also have plenty of goodies to share if you don't bring any of your own treasures. Please register, as space is limited.


AUGUST MOVIE SHOWINGS - Join us in the cool comfort of the library, where we will watch a new film and enjoy popcorn and other movie snacks. As of this publication the films and dates are as follows:

Thursday, August 1st @ 4 p.m. Cold Pursuit - 119 min. Rated R.

Thursday, August 8th @ 4 p.m. Dumbo - 130 min. Rated PG.

Thursday, August 15th @ 4 p.m. Stay Human – 95 min. NOT RATED.

Thursday, August 22nd @ 4 p.m. Never Grow Old – 100 min. R.

Thursday, August 29th @ 4 p.m. Five Feet Apart – 116 min. PG-13.

Escape the summer heat and join us in the "cool" library for a new movie and popcorn.

Registration is not necessary. For more information, please contact Bethany at 231-5150 x 2.


BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT - Stop by the library and check out a favorite book, CD, DVD, or videocassette. Then find a cool spot, put up your feet, enjoy a refreshing drink, and forget about the hot weather.


SUMMER HOURS - During the month of August, the library will be CLOSED ON SATURDAYS.


NOTABLE DATES IN AUGUST – 1 – First U.S. census completed, 1790; 2 – First Lincoln penny issued, 1909; 11 – Don Freeman, author, born, 1908; 15 – Panama Canal opened, 1914; 17 – Myra Cohn Livingston, author, born, 1926; 19 – National Aviation Day; 26 – Women given right to vote, 1920.




Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction/Nonfiction


All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome Kathy Hoopmann

All Dogs Have ADHD – Kathy Hoopmann

Black Bird Yellow Sun Steve Light

Breaking the Piggy Bank – Martha Maker

Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting – Emma Dodd

Duck & Goose: A Gift for Goose – Tad Hills

Front Desk – Kelly Yang

Jack Montgomery: World War II: Gallantry at Anzio – Michael P. Spradlin

The Parker Inheritance – Varian Johnson

POOFAS: Popping in to Lend a Hand – Kerry Bober

Ryan Pitts: Afghanistan: A Firefight in the Mountains of Wanat – Michael P. Spradlin

Safari: A Photicular Book – Dan Kainen



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TINY TOTS STORYTIME - Tuesdays or Fridays from 10:30-11:00 a.m. The Tiny Tots Storytime is for children 1-2 years old. There will be age-appropriate books, songs, and finger plays. Exploratory social play will follow each storytime. A parent/caregiver must participate in the program. Contact Ms. Carol for further details: 231-5150 x3.

TODDLER STORYTIME - Mondays or Wednesdays, from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Toddler Storytime is for children aged 2-31/2. Toddler story time includes age-appropriate stories, songs, flannel activities, finger plays, and a craft. A parent/caregiver must participate in the program.

PANCAKES AND PAJAMAS STORYTIME – Thursday, September 19 @ 6:30 p.m. Come to the library in your pajamas and slippers and listen to stories! If you wish, you may also bring your favorite stuffed animal to join in the fun! We will enjoy stories and a related craft. This program is for children ages 3 and older and their caregiver(s). Registration is required.

Registration for all of October's storytimes will begin on September 16 and run through the end of September. Registration is required.



September 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. LEGO CLUB - Stop by the library on Saturday and join other Lego enthusiasts for a Lego good time. The library will supply the Legos (or you can bring your own) and you can share your ideas, techniques, and creations with your friends and other club members. This drop-in program is for children ages 4-12.

September 21, from 11:00 a.m. to NoontimeROCK PAINTING – Stop by the library to paint a rock. Keep your painted rock or leave it somewhere for someone to find. This is a drop-in program for children of all ages.


KINDERGARTEN COUNTDOWN – Children attending kindergarten in the fall of 2020 can join us for this special series of storytimes. We will be getting ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, and activities. This series of storytimes will begin in October and continue through June, 2020. We will meet once a month from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Specific dates will be provided. Please contact Ms. Carol for more information or to register for this program.


APPLE SCAVENGER HUNT – All of the children are invited to search for some apples that are hiding in the library. The entry forms and rules of the game can be found in the Children’s Room. The deadline for submitting guesses is September 30. Good luck!





HERITAGE BALLET’S “CREATIVE DANCE COMMUNITY SERIES” - The library is excited to announce that it is collaborating with the Heritage Ballet to offer a “Creative Dance Community Series” starting on October 2nd. This program will run on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. It will be for children who turned 6 or 7 by August, 2019. Please call or stop by the library and ask for Ms. Carol for more specific details. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to experience classical ballet training with one of the talented instructors from the Heritage Ballet.


COUNTING CONTEST – How many erasers are in the jar? Stop by the Children’s Room and estimate the number of erasers in the jar and put your guess in the box. The child who comes closest to the correct number will win all of the erasers. The winner will be drawn on Monday, September 30th.


CHILDREN’S DISPLAY CASE – Garrett Moroni, age 13, will present a portion of his Lego collection. He has been collecting and building things out of Legos for about 9 years. Garrett received a new model of the Saturn V NASA moon rocket for Christmas last year. Garrett enjoys building things that are challenging. He also likes to build things that relate to exploration and history. Garrett hopes you will enjoy his collection. Stop by the library to see this out of the world display.


SUMMER READING PROGRAMS - The staff of the library would like to extend our appreciation and congratulations to all of the children and teens who participated in our annual Summer Reading Programs. The children and teens read hundreds of books, but whether they read 5 books, or 35 books, they were all winners as concerns the further development of their minds and constructive utilization of their leisure time.


BOOK GROUPSBook Groups for elementary school children will start back up again in October.  The “Bookworms” book group is for children in second and third grade and their parent/caregiver. The “Books are Fun” book group is for children in fourth and fifth grade.  Each book group meets monthly to discuss a certain book. If you are interested, contact Ms. Carol for more information.

A new Middle School Book Group will be starting in October. This book group will be for children in grades 6th through 8th. We will meet once a month to discuss books. Please contact Ms. Carol if you are interested or if you have any questions.




SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM MS. CAROL – I want to thank the many people who helped make the 2019 Summer Reading Program a huge success. I am always amazed at the enthusiasm of the children, parents, and grandparents who come to the library all summer to borrow books, participate in programs and share with me what they have been reading.

I would also like to thank the Friends of the Library (FOL) who very generously donated to the Summer Reading Program. Through the combined efforts of the library and the FOL, the children were able to experience many performances and enjoy rewards throughout the summer.

Last, but not least, is a hearty thank you to the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Their continued support makes the Summer Reading Program a successful and rewarding endeavor.




HOMEWORK HELP – Need help on your school assignments, projects and papers? If so, stop by the library on any Monday (3-6:30 p.m.), or Tuesday (3-8 p.m.), and Mr. Mike will assist you in utilizing the best reference resources for your homework. You will learn how to find the most useful books and how to use the electronic resources and Internet to get the most current articles on topics you are researching. Learn how to properly cite articles and organize your resources into a cohesive report. No registration is required. To access homework help from home, go to the library’s homepage and click on the Young Adult (YA) Teen Page, and under Reference, click on either the Online Reference Homework Help or Schoolwork and Research/EBSCO Databases link. Also, ask Mr. Mike about AskRI which includes new electronic resources such as Points of View, Student Research Center, EBSCO Topic Search, Current Events, and Literary Reference Center.


GRAPHIC NOVELS – Many of our patrons may not be aware of a distinctive part of our collection: GRAPHIC NOVELS. Jesse Karp, writing for the American Library Association says “Comic books have long had a reputation for being disconnected from legitimate educational concerns. They were supposedly fluffy things, good for a laugh at best, agents of desensitization and proponents of violence at worst. Thanks to the graphic novel, educators and librarians are gradually finding that is not the case” The genres you love and enjoy are represented in graphic novel form. Dramas, mysteries, fantasy, and even non-fiction can be found. In our library the graphic novels are kept in the Children’s Room and adjacent to the Young Adult Area. So come to the library and check out these pearls of young adult inspiration.


SAILOR’S VALENTINES DISPLAY – The main display case is featuring a beautiful and fantastic collection of Sailor’s Valentines. This display was developed and handmade by Janine Simmons and her husband Chuck of Killingly, CT. Janine loves all things summery and beachy. When visiting a nautical museum, she saw an array of Sailor’s Valentine boxes that were made in the 1800’s and quickly fell in love with the intricacy and design work. She met a woman in Brooklyn, CT who made them and was happy to show Janine what she needed to get started. Many hours and many tiny seashells later, she has created her own one-of-a-kind Sailor’s Valentines. The boxes that house the shell Valentines were expensive to buy, so she soon asked her handyman husband if he could figure out how to make them. He got right to work and this is the result.




SEPTEMBER MOVIE SHOWINGS - Join us in the cool comfort of the library, where we will watch a new film and enjoy popcorn and other movie snacks. As of this publication the films and dates are as follows:

Thursday, September 5th @ 4 p.m. Wonder Park – 1 hr. 26 mins. Rated PG.

Thursday, September 12th @ 4 p.m. LEGO Movie – 1 hr. 47 mins. Rated PG.

Thursday, September 19th @ 4 p.m. Captain Marvel – 1 hr. 24 mins. PG-13.

Thursday, September 26th @ 4 p.m. The Public – 2 hrs. 2 mins. PG-13.

Registration is not necessary. For more information, please contact Bethany at 231-5150 x 2.




SEPTEMBER IS LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH – Your library card will give you access to one of the greatest resources in your local community: YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY. Your library is a goldmine of books, magazines, videos, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, the Internet, story hours, and other great resources and services for the entire family. In this day and age of high energy prices, where else can you take your family for FREE! Also, for parents shopping for school supplies, remember: A LIBRARY CARD IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SCHOOL SUPPLY OF ALL.


FREE DIGITAL MEDIA DOWNLOADS – East Smithfield Public Library is a member of the Ocean State Libraries E-Zone! Anyone with an Ocean State Libraries (OSL) card can access this database and download digital media (audiobooks, music, e-books, and videos) for FREE! Digital media can be downloaded and listened to on your home personal computer (PC), burned to CD for your car stereo, and transferred to many portable audio devices, all without leaving the comfort of your home. Now your library never closes. Check one out today. For more information and a listing of titles available visit


PRESERVATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS - We are all responsible for protecting the physical condition of library materials. Helpful hints: a) clean hands prevent buildup of grime and sticky substances; b) removing books from the shelves by pulling on the headband (top of the spine) will weaken and eventually destroy the book - to remove a book, gently push in the books on either side, grasp the book in the center, and remove it.


DONATIONS - We would like to express our thanks to all of our patrons and friends who have donated library materials during the past year. Your kind generosity in donating valuable materials such as books, CDs, DVDs, and other resources is much appreciated. You epitomize and perpetuate the true meaning of community library.




PUTTING THE GARDEN TO BED – Monday, September 23, @ 7:00 p.m. One of the best ways to get your garden ready for the spring is to prepare it in the fall. In this free workshop spend time with Master Gardener Mary Malouin as she discusses ways to ready your garden beds for their winter break. The workshop is free thanks to the URI Master Gardener Program. Registration is NOT required.


YOGA CLASS – The Friends of the Library (FOL) will be sponsoring an introductory yoga class this fall. It will be run by instructors from the Barre and Yoga Experience of Smithfield. Students will need to bring their own mats for the class. Classes will be held on Saturdays from 11:00-Noon on September 14, 28. October 12, 26, and November 23. (Another November date is to be determined) Spaces are limited, so registration is required.


HOMEWORK EXPRESS – The Homework Express is up and running at the East Smithfield Public Library. For youngsters in grades K-5, this is the ticket for you. Each Thursday, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Ms. Carol will be ready to help you with your homework. Whether you need help finding a specific book, guidance with a tricky question, or just some advice on how to get started, Ms. Carol will give you the encouragement and confidence you need to tackle any homework assignment. Don’t hesitate to avail yourself to this warm, friendly, and professional service. Keep in mind that the library is a great place to meet your friends to work on group projects. Drop by the library (no sign-up necessary) and get rolling on the Homework Express! Hope to see you soon.


SEPTEMBER  CELEBRATIONS – 4 – Labor Day (LIBRARY CLOSED); 7 – Grandma Moses, painter, born, 1860; 11 – Grandparents Day; 14 – Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner”; 17 – U.S. Constitution signed, 1787; 26 – Johnny Appleseed born, 1775; 23 – Native American Day.


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BANNED BOOKS WEEK – September 22 – September 28, 2019 Banned Books Week is "Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark" Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met. Remember, it’s your freedom we’re talking about. For more information, go to:


LIBRARY HOURS – Now that students will be preparing for another school year, the library will be reopening on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., beginning September 7.



Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction


Counting Birds: The Idea that Helped Save Our Feathered Friends – Heidi Stemple

Cuddles – Ellen Miles

Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability – Pat Thomas

5-Minute Avengers Stories – Kara LaReau

Flight of the Bluebird – Kara LaReau

Great LEGO Sets: A Visual History – Daniel Lipkowitz

Harbor Me – Jacqueline Woodson

A House that Once Was – Julie Fogliano

See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism – Pat Thomas

My Friend Isabelle Eliza Woloson

Poppy – Avi

Saffron Ice Cream – Rashin Kheiriyeh




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