Children’s Programming

 

 

September

 

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STORYHOURS - Tuesdays from 10:15-11:00 a.m. and Thursdays from 1:00-1:45 p.m. The morning story hours, for children 31/2-6 years old, will be held on October 7, 14, 21, and 28. The afternoon story hours will be held on October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts. Registration for October's story hours will begin on September 15 and run through the end of September. Registration is required.

 

TODDLER STORYTIME – The library will present a toddler story time program for children aged 2-31/2 on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Toddler story time includes stories, finger plays, and a craft. A parent/caregiver must participate in the program. Registration is required.

 

PAJAMA STORYTIME – Thursday, September 18 @ 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. Children ages 3½ to 8 and their caregiver(s) are invited to attend. Registration is required.

 

FRIDAY IS GAME DAY AT THE LIBRARY! – Beginning Friday, September 5 and continuing each Friday throughout the school year, Game Day will take place from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. We have a closet chock full of fun and entertaining board games and puzzles. This is a drop in program. Come, bring a friend or make a new friend, and play a board game. See you there!!!!

 

SATURDAY SPECIALS -

September 6, 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 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. AMERICAN GIRL TEA PARTY Come and meet our newest addition to the library: Kaya, an American Girl Doll. Bring your American Doll, or any favorite doll you may have, and enjoy some lemonade and cookies and learn about Kaya and the time period in which she lived. After her introduction, Kaya will be available to play with while you are at the library. She will be in the Children’s Room and you just need to ask Ms. Carol to have her come out and visit. This program is for children ages 5 to 11. Registration is required. Please call the library at 231-5150 x3.

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CHILDREN’S ROOM DISPLAY – The Children’s display case is featuring a unique and interesting display on LEGOS. The display was organized and developed by Sam Placido and we thank him for loaning it to the library. Sam is 12 years old and he has been collecting LEGOS since he was 5. Some of Sam’s first LEGO sets were LEGO FIRE FIGHTERS. Sam’s favorite set is the Golden Dragon. He hopes you enjoy his display. Stop by the library and check out this fantastic 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.

 

PROJECT: COMMUNITY IN BLOOM – Saturday, September 6, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Learn to keep our community looking beautiful with Project: Community in Bloom. This presentation will teach you how to stop graffiti and pollution so that Smithfield can look its best. Also, enjoy games and puzzles about the topic. This presentation will be given by a local girl scout, Elizabeth Batty, who is looking to educate children about this topic so they can use this information throughout their lives. Registration is required. This program is for children in grades 2 thru 6.

 

MAKE IT AND TAKE IT CRAFT – Thursday, September 11, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Stop by the library anytime between 3:30 and 5:30 and make a craft you can take home with you! This is a drop-in program for children of all ages.

 

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SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM MS. CAROL – I want to thank the many people who helped make the 2014 Summer Reading Program a huge success. This year the children collectively read hundreds of books. 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.

We are also very fortunate to have a special collaboration with the dedicated faculty of Old County Road School who once again volunteered their time over the summer to share story hours with the children. Their enthusiasm and cooperation contributed to the success of the Summer Reading Program. You are very much appreciated!

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 various Smithfield businesses and community organizations that supported our Summer Reading Program. Citizens Bank, the YMCA, and UNO of Smithfield contributed to the success of our programs.

 

THANKS/CONGRATULATIONS – Thanks to the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art for visiting the library and presenting two fantastic programs: “Electric Dough” and “Marble Roller Coaster.” In Electric Dough, all of the participants learned some truly interesting, fun-filled, and intriguing concepts concerning the properties of electricity and creativity using conductive dough. Through hands-on art/science activities, participants learned how circuits work and the difference between conductive and resistive materials. They used LED lights, play-dough and their imaginations to create electric artwork! In Marble Roller Coaster, participants explored the connection between potential and kinetic energy. Using tubes, tape and other house hold materials, the youngsters created marble "roller coasters" and sent their marbles on loop-the-loops, spirals and more in attempts to have their marble travel through over 6 feet of tubing and at the end of its journey, drop gently into a cup. They viewed the wonderful inventive reactions of Rube Goldberg and designed their own creative wacky machines! The participants worked together to come up with some really creative results and they found both programs to be enriching experiences. A well deserved thanks goes out to Detective Douglas Cerce of the Smithfield Police Department. He gave a presentation regarding the Smithfield Police Department and his career as a detective. He discussed and demonstrated what practices he employs in his work. Afterwards, he graciously answered numerous questions from the attendees. Thanks also to the Friends of the Library for supporting our Summer Reading Program.

 

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ART IN THE AFTERNOON – Wednesdays, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Art in the Afternoon continues at the East Smithfield Public Library. Grade School children are invited to enjoy a free literature-based art program. We will be using many different methods and materials in the creation of various art projects and crafts. Join us for some fun as we explore projection and technological art. Registration is not required.

 

HOMEWORK HELP – Need some help on your school assignments, projects and papers? If so, stop by the library on any Monday (3-8 p.m.), Tuesday (3-8 p.m.), or Wednesday (3-7 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 (Y/A) 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 the AskRI service and tutor.com’s Homework Help Center.

 

THANK YOU! – During the hot and steamy summer months, Principal Laurie Sullivan and the teachers at Old County Road Elementary School and Anna McCabe Elementary School volunteered their time and talents to make the Summer Reading Program at the East Smithfield Public Library a tremendous success. These dedicated individuals provided storytelling, crafts and other enrichment activities to the young children of Smithfield. The children who participated in these educational and recreational sessions were glad to escape from the blistering summer heat and enjoy interacting with their friends and fellow classmates in a “cool” environment. On behalf of the children and caregivers who participated in this program, the library gives a hardy and heartfelt “thank you” to Laurie Sullivan and the teachers for their time, effort, and caring throughout the summer months. Smithfield should be grateful that it has dedicated and caring professionals who are truly committed to making a difference in the lives of our children. The children will surely be the benefactors of this cooperative school-library endeavor.

 

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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, storyhours, 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.

 

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SEPTEMBER  CELEBRATIONS – 1 – Labor Day (LIBRARY CLOSED); 7 – Grandma Moses, painter, born, 1860; 10 – Grandparents Day; 14 – Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner”; 17 – U.S. Constitution signed, 1787; 26 – Johnny Appleseed born, 1775; 27 – Native American Day.

 

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK – September 21 – September 27, 2014 Banned Books Week theme is "Celebrating the Freedom to Read." 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

http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm.

 

STAR WARS READS – October, 2014. Calling all Star Wars fans! Join us and readers all across the galaxy for Star Wars Reads. Stop by the library and take home a Star Wars activity kit. For the entire month of October, a Star Wars Lego display will be featured in the main display case. Star Wars Reads is a national event that celebrates reading and Star Wars. It was created by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners – Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK Publishing, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.

 

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 6.

 

RECENT ADDITIONS:

Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction

 

Courageous Children and Women of the American Revolution – John Micklos

Environmental Engineering and the Science of Sustainability – Robert Snedden

Medical Inventions: The Best of Health – Jill Bryant

Clydesdales and Miniature Horses – Henry Thatcher

Choosing a Dog: How to Choose and Care for a Dog – Laura Jeffrey

Harley-Davidson: An All American Legend – Greg Roza

The Tet Offensive – Charlie Samuels

Johannes Kepler and the Three Laws of Planetary Motion – Fred Bortz

Kayaking – James De Medeiros

You Can Be a Swimmer Alix Wood

What Is a Democracy? – Robyn Hardyman

What Is Socialism? – Aaron Becker

 

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October

 

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STORYHOURS - Tuesdays from 10:15-11:00 a.m. and Thursdays from 1:00-1:45 p.m. The morning story hours, for children 31/2-6 years old, will be held on November 4, 18, and 25. The afternoon story hours will be held on November 6, 13, and 20. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts. Pre-registration for November's story hours will begin on October 15 and run through the end of October. Registration is required.

 

TODDLER STORY HOURS – The library provides a toddler story time program for children ages 2 to 3 ½ on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. A parent/caregiver must participate in the program. Registration is required.

 

SATURDAY  SPECIALS: October 11, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Star Wars Reads Day - Join us and readers across the galaxy as we celebrate the love of Star Wars. There will be legos, crafts, puzzles, games and refreshments. You will also receive a Star Wars Activity booklet to take home. This is a drop-in program for all ages. (May the force be with you!)

October 25, from 11:00 a.m. – Noon.Halloween Bingo - Come and play Halloween Bingo! Costumes are welcome! Children ages 5 – 10 are welcome. Please call or stop by the library to register for this program.

October 25, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.  - Artist Donna Walker - Come and make an autumn mobile. This mobile will be made with fall treasures from nature such as twigs, acorns, pinecones, leaves, etc. Bring your own special treasures or there will be some at the library to use as well. This program is for children in grades 3 – 7.  Registration is required.

 

FRIDAY IS GAME DAY AT THE LIBRARY!  From 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Come play a board game, enjoy a snack, bring a friend or make a new friend. See you there!

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COUNTING CONTEST - All of our younger patrons in grades K-5 are invited to participate in our Halloween Counting Contest - counting the number of candy corns in a special container. Stop by the Children’s Room and place your guess in the box provided and you could be a winner! The youngster who comes the closest to the correct number will win a spooktacular Halloween treat! The winner will be drawn on October 31. Each child is allowed ONLY ONE GUESS. Good luck to all of the participants.

 

MALE-IT AND TAKE-IT CRAFT - Thursday, October 9th, from 3:30pm to 5:30 p.m.  Stop by the library during this time to make a craft and take it home with you!  This is a drop-in program for children of all ages.  

 

COKE DISPLAY - The Children's Room display case is featuring a Coke collection that belongs to Trevor Morgan.  He is a fourth grader at Old County Road Elementary School. Trevor has been collecting Coke products for 2 years. His very first piece of his collection was a Coke bottle that he purchased in an antique store. He finds most of his items at antique stores, flea markets and yard sales. His favorite item in his collection is the Cola cooler. He hopes you enjoy his collection as much as he does. 

 

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BOOK GROUP: GRADES 1-3 – Thursday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. Children in grades 1 – 3 may join us at the library for an introduction to book groups. Our first selection will be Diary of a Worm.  Call the library to reserve the book or place your own hold on-line.  Then, read the book at home.  During the club meeting, we will read the book again, talk about the book, enjoy a snack, and make a small craft to take home.  Registration is required. The book group is limited to 10 participants. Our first meeting will be Thursday, October 16th

 

BOOK GROUP: GRADES 4-5 -  Thursday, October 23rd at 4:30 pm. Calling all 4th and 5th graders (and their parents/caregivers) who love to read and discuss books, or anyone who wants to be part of a “really cool book loving group”! We will meet once a month to discuss the book, enjoy a snack, and participate in special activities about the book. Our first meeting will be an organizational meeting. Come to this meeting with some of your favorite books and/or book titles to share. Registration is required.

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HOMEWORK EXPRESS – The Homework Express is continuing at the East Smithfield Public Library. For youngsters in grades K-8, 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. Drop by the library (no sign-up necessary) and get rolling on the Homework Express! Hope to see you soon.

 

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TEEN READ WEEK – Area teens will be reading for the fun of it as the East Smithfield Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week, October 12-18. This year’s theme is “Turn Dreams Into Reality @ Your Library!” Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Teen Read Week encourages teens to read a wide variety of materials that are out of this world such as sci-fi, fantasy, virtual realities, graphic novels, and much more. Teens are encouraged to take advantage of reading in all forms – books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks, and much more! In recent years, many families had had to adapt to making do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources making do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers. The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors. Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Aand mentors. Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenread.

 

ART IN THE AFTERNOON – Starting Wednesday, October 1, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Art in the Afternoon returns to East Smithfield Public Library this fall, and invites children to enjoy a free literature-based art program. We will be using many different methods and materials in the creation of various art projects and crafts. Join us for some fun as we explore different mediums and techniques. Simply call 231-5150 x3 to register, or just drop by!

 

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STAR WARS DISPLAYIn conjunction with Star Wars Reads Day for the entire month of October, a Star Wars Lego Display will be featured in the main display case. The collection reflects all six films in the Star Wars Series. The Legos featured include various vehicles, dwellings, and characters found throughout the galaxy. Go you must, to the library. It is an exhibit that will be long remembered. This Lego Star Wars exhibit features your most favorite characters and the fastest ships in the galaxy. The collection spans both the classic and more recent trilogy. Impressive! Most impressive! The display was organized by Mr. Mike and his wife Mrs. Lisa.

 

HOMEWORK HELP – Need help on your school assignments, projects and papers? If so, stop by the library on any Monday (3-8 p.m.), Tuesday (3-8 p.m.), or Wednesday (3-7 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 (Y/A) 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 our new service: AskRI.

 

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ASKRI.ORG – Online resources are available to all Rhode Islanders from their favorite library, or wherever they connect to the Internet. All you need is a library card. These core resources include Tutor.com, World Book and World Book Discover, and a selection of EBSCO databases including Academic Search Premier, Master File Premier, History Reference Center and many more. Check out these free and invaluable resources by accessing http://www.askri.org/.

SPOOKY LANTERN CRAFT - Thursday, October 9, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. This free, fun-filled program is for adults and teens. We will be making funky, little lanterns out of tissue paper, Mod Podge, and wire. When you add a tea light, the lanterns will come to glowing life. Bring your own jars or use ours. The finished product will be as spooky or silly as you like. Decorate your doorstep or your dinner table with these adorable, haunting lanterns. All you really need to bring is your imagination. Please register by calling Bethany at 231-5150 x 2.

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK – September 21 – September 27. The 2014 Banned Books Week theme is "Celebrating the Freedom to Read." 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

http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm.

 

PUZZLES - If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day, stop by the library and browse through our puzzle collection. We have puzzles depicting various landscape scenery, animals, people and events. The puzzles are interesting and challenging and you will feel a sense of accomplishment when the "last piece" is inserted.

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HOLIDAY CLOSING - In commemoration of Columbus Day, the library will be closed on Monday, October 13, 2014.

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HALLOWEEN NOTE: Remember, even though we stock up on sweets and goodies for the little ghosts and goblins who will be visiting our homes, we should not forget that many cultures earnestly leave out food, sweets, and cigarettes as an offering for the dead who are believed to revisit the earth on the October 31 of each year.

 

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RECENT ADDITIONS:

Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction

 

Journey – Aaron Becker

The Blessing Cup – Patricia Polacco

Island: A Story of the Galapagos – Jason Chin

Nelson MandelaKadir Nelson

Cleaning Chemistry – Jon Eben Field

Horrible Jobs in Medieval Times – Robyn Hardyman

It’s Alive: The Science of Plants and Living Things – Jay Hawkins

Easter: Sweets and Treats – Ruth Owen

Horrible Jobs in Colonial Times – Louise Spilsbury

Recycling CraftsAnnalees Lim

Introducing the Periodic Table – Tom Jackson

20 Fun Facts About the U.S. Flag – Maria Nelson

 

 

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