Children’s Programming

 

 

 

March

 

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STORYTIMES - Tuesdays from 11:00-11:30 a.m. The Tuesday morning storytime, now called Tiny Tots Storytime, is for children 1-2 years old and will be held on April 7, 14, 21, and 28. We will read books, sing songs, and do finger plays. See Ms. Carol for further details.

Thursdays from 1:00-1:45 p.m. The Thursday afternoon Preschool Storytime Program is for children ages 3½-6 and will be held on April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts.

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

 

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

 

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

 

SATURDAY SPECIALS - March 14, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – LEGO CLUB - Like LEGOS? Stop by the library and build, create, and share your techniques with other kids who are crazy about building with LEGOS. Play with the library’s LEGOS or bring your own. This fun-filled program is for children ages 4-12. This is a drop-in program.

March 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – LIBRARY SCAVENGER HUNT for children of all ages. Want to know your local library better? Come explore the library in a fun way. Snacks and small prizes will be provided. This is a drop-in program.

 

SEWING CLASS WITH MISS ASHLEY – Tuesday, March 31, at 3:30 p.m. Children ages 7-12 are invited to the library to learn basic sewing techniques and create a project to take home. This month’s project is a stretch circle skirt with a handkerchief hem. Space is limited and registration is required. A small materials fee of $10.00 is required the day of the class.

 

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BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, March 12, at 4:30 p.m. Any children in grades 1-3 may join us at the library for an introduction to book groups. This month’s selection will be Mr. Tanen’s Ties by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. Call the library to reserve the book or place your own hold online. 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. Space is limited to 10 participants. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library.

 

“BOOKS ARE FUN” BOOK GROUP – Thursday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m. Children in grades 4 and 5 and their parent(s)/caregiver(s), who love to read and discuss books, are invited to come to the library and participate in our monthly book group. We will meet each month to discuss a certain book, enjoy a snack, and participate in special activities about the book. This month’s selection is Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library: 231-5150 x3.

 

MAKE IT AND TAKE IT CRAFTS! - Thursday, March 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Stop by the library anytime between 3:30 and 5:30, and make a craft to take home with you!  This is a drop-in program for children of all ages.

 

HOMEWORK EXPRESS – The Homework Express continues 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., your friendly neighborhood Children’s/Young Adult Librarian 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, the Children’s/Young Adult Librarian 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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READ ACROSS AMERICA CELEBRATION – We will be honoring the birthday of Dr. Seuss during the week of March 1 thru March 6, 2015. Dr. Seuss’ official birthday is March 2. Check out the website www.seussville.com to learn more interesting information about Dr. Seuss.

 

CHILDREN’S ROOM DISPLAY – The Children’s display case is featuring an unique and interesting display of Polly Pockets. The display was organized and developed by Jennifer Derosier and we thank her for loaning it to the library. Jennifer is 11 years old and when she was younger, they were her favorite toys. Her most cherished ones are the princesses. Jennifer enjoys making play-doh and clay dresses for her Polly Pockets. She hopes you like her collection. Stop by and check out this fun display!

 

CHILDREN'S DISPLAY CASE - The library is always interested in having children show their collections in the exhibit case. Please contact the Children's/Young Adult Librarian(s) in order to sign up for this terrific opportunity.

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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.), Tuesday (3-8 p.m.), or Wednesday (4:30-7:00 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. And finally, check out www.tutor.com – the Homework Help Center.

 

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 each Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 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. Simply call 231-5150 x3 to register or just drop on in!

 

DECORATIVE JAR LIGHTS – Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we turn mason jars and household items into vibrant decorative lights. We will be using a special formula to create glowing water that will help to illuminate the designs we create. We will supply the materials, you can provide the creativity. Registration is required: 23­1-5150.

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TEEN TECH WEEK – March 8-14 - Teen Tech Week is a national initiative that aims to encourage libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcase the outstanding technology they offer, from services such as online homework help, social networking, video production, and digital literacy-focused programs to resources like e-books, movies, music, games, audio books, databases, and more. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those such as CDs, DVDs, databases, audio books, and videogames. Teens are encouraged to use the library’s nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of technology. This year’s theme is “Libraries Are for Making...”

 

MUG RUG CRAFT - Monday, March 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join us for a free crafting workshop as we make Mug Rugs for our own hot beverages or to give away as cute gifts. We will have fun playing with yarn on plastic canvas to make adorable little coasters. This program is open to teens and adults. Limited to 10, so please call to register.

 

FENWAY PARK AND ‘THE SOX” DISPLAYTAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME…..we have all sung the song and have eaten the Cracker Jacks at a ball park. As the baseball season approaches (hopefully the snow mountains are melting), the display case will reflect our beloved Fenway Park and “The Sox”. There will be trivia questions, books, baseball cards and other items to remind us that the summer season is not far off and America’s most beloved pasttime will once again be here. Spring training is right around the corner and how we long to hear those infamous words: “Play Ball!” Stop by the library and check out this fantastic display.

 

PRESERVATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS - We are all responsible for protecting the physical condition of library materials. Helpful hints: a) clean hands prevent the buildup of grime and sticky substances; b) DVDs and CDs should only be handled with your fingers on the outer edge of the DVD or CD – KEEP YOUR FINGERS OFF THE SHINY SURFACE.

 

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, periodicals, videocassettes, DVDs, and other resources is much appreciated. You epitomize and perpetuate the true meaning of community library.

 

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MARCH CELEBRATIONS - Happy St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Day to all of our Irish and Italian patrons and friends; March 2 – Dr. Seuss, author, born, 1904; March 3 – Alexander Graham Bell born, 1847; March 20 – first day of Spring; March 26 – Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court Justice, born, 1930.

 

RECENT ADDITIONS:

Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction

 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Reality Shock!

I Spy Extreme Challenger!: A Book of Picture Riddles – Nancy Hajeski

Ode to a Commode: Concrete Poems – Brian Cleary

Strongheart: The World’s First Movie Star Dog – Emily Arnold McCully

Winterfrost – Michelle Houts

Who Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks – Mia Posada

Winter Soldier: The Bitter March – Rick Remender

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The Graham Cracker Plot – Shelley Tougas

Jedi Academy – Jeffrey Brown

Welcome to the Neighborhood – Becky Friedman

Ballet Lesson – Elizabeth Schaefer

 

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April

 

 

    

 

STORYTIMES - Tuesdays from 11:00-11:30 a.m. The Tiny Tots Storytime is for children 1-2 years old and will be held on May 5, 12, 19, and 26. We will read books, sing songs, and do finger plays. See Ms. Carol for further details.

Thursdays from 1:00-1:45 p.m. The Thursday afternoon Preschool Storytime Program is for children ages 3½-6 and will be held on May 7, 14, 21, and 28. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts.

Registration for all of May's storytimes will begin on April 14 and run through the end of April. Registration is required.

 

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

 

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

 

SATURDAY SPECIALS April 4, at 10:30 a.m. - ANNUAL EASTER EGG EXTRAVAGANZA. This activity is for children ages 2-5. Join in the fun as the children hunt for eggs that the library bunny has hidden. Please bring your own basket for gathering up the goodies. Alexandra Puleo generously organizes and develops this popular event. Please register for this egg-citing program.

April 18, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – PROJECT CHICK FROM CASEY FARM Children of all ages are invited to the library to learn about the life cycle of a chicken. This program also includes able to view and gently handle newly-hatched baby chicks! Please register for this exciting program.

 

SEWING CLASS WITH MISS ASHLEY – Thursday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m. Children ages 7-12 are invited to the library to learn basic sewing techniques and create a project to take home. This month’s project is a mustache body pillow. Space is limited and registration is required. This month’s project required more material than usual, therefore a materials fee of $15.00 is required the day of the class.

 

GIANT TISSUE PAPER FLOWERS – Thursday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m. Children ages 6 and older are invited to the library to make Giant Tissue Paper Flowers. Artist Donna Walker will teach us how to make these fun flowers as well as how to make a vase from recycled materials. Please register for this program.

 

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DROP EVERYTHING AND READ (D.E.A.R.) DAY – Join Ramona Quimby, Age 8, and children all over the world as they celebrate D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day) on Sunday, April 12. This is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. The official event date, April 12th, is the birthday of author Beverly Cleary.

 

BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. Any children in grades 1-3 may join us at the library for an introduction to book groups. This month’s selection will be The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy. Call the library to reserve the book or place your own hold online. 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. Space is limited to 10 participants. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library.

 

“BOOKS ARE FUN” BOOK GROUP – Thursday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. Children in grades 4 and 5 and their parent(s)/caregiver(s), who love to read and discuss books, are invited to come to the library and participate in our monthly book group. We will meet each month to discuss a certain book, enjoy a snack, and participate in special activities about the book. This month’s selection is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library: 231-5150 x3.

MAKE IT AND TAKE IT CRAFTS! - Wednesday, April 22, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Stop by the library anytime between 12:30 and 2:30, and make a craft to take home with you!  This is a drop-in program for children of all ages.

 

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COUNTING CONTEST! - “April showers bring May flowers”, but do you know how many jelly beans are in the jar? Stop counting raindrops and come to the library and check out these luscious jelly beans. Participants are asked to “guess” how many jelly beans are in the jar – and no sampling is allowed! Simply enter a guesstimate and your contact information on the entry form provided in the Children’s Room and the closest guess (without going over) is the lucky winner! Remember, only one guess/child. One winner will be called at the end of April to come in to claim a prize. Good luck and Happy Spring!

 

CHILDREN'S DISPLAY CASE – The Children’s Room display case is presenting an interesting and unique collection featuring Titanic and Other Ships. This exhibit was organized and developed by Paul Grenon and we thank him for loaning it to the library. Paul is almost eight years old and he started collecting books, models, and newspaper clippings on ships at the age of six. Paul loves the history and stories of the Titanic. He also likes learning about her sister ships the Britannic, Olympic, and the RMS Carpathia. He likes going on cruise ships and he hopes you like his collection. Stop by the library and check out this fantastic display.

 

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., your friendly neighborhood Children’s/Young Adult Librarian 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, the Children’s/Young Adult Librarian 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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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.), Tuesday (3-8 p.m.), or Wednesday (4:30-7:00 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. And finally, check out www.tutor.com – the Homework Help Center.

 

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 interesting subjects in creative ways. Simply call 231-5150 x3, or, just drop by.

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NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEKAPRIL 12-18 – This year’s theme is Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library. Gather up your family and friends and visit your local library during National Library Week. Check out the myriad resources – books, magazines, videos, DVDs, CDs, audiocassettes, puzzles, etc. that you may check out for your personal enjoyment and edification. Once you experience the joy and satisfaction of using the resources that the library offers, you will surely become an active library user. The best thing is that all of these resources are FREE.

 

    

 

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK - April 12 thru April 18 - Volunteers take the time to make a difference and the library commends Maureen Floor, John Fontaine, Megan Hatcher, Tracey Morgan, Jenny Petiote, Owen Placido, Alexandra Puleo, Sandra Rawcliffe, students from Bryant University, and the Friends of the Library (FOL) for their tireless efforts and dedication to helping the library provide efficient and effective services to the Smithfield community.

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APRIL CURIOSITIES AND CELEBRATIONS - The name April may come from the Roman Goddess Aphrodite (Latin Aprillis), "April showers Bring May flowers", April Fools' Day (April 1), Titanic sank (April 15, 1912, at 2:27 a.m.), Earth Day (April 22), April is Frog Month, and the BASEBALL SEASON OFFICIALLY BEGINS.

 

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RECENT ADDITIONS:

Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction

 

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Dr. Seuss

Clifford the Big Red Dog – Norman Bridwell

Nick and Tesla’s High-voltage Danger Lab – Bob Pflugfelder

A Wonderful World – Shannon Hale

Winterfrost – Michelle Houts

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth – Ian Lendler

Guardians of Dreams: A Bedtime Story – Wendy Torrel

The Princess and the Foal – Stacy Gregg

Amazing Earth – Ripley’s

Big Foot – Ray McClellan

Saudi Arabia – Lisa Owings

Locomotive – Brian Floca

 

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