Children’s Programming

 

 

 

 

 

January - **2019**

 

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STORYTIMES

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. 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 storytime 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, January 31 @ 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, a related craft, and “pancakes.” Children ages 3 and older and their caregiver(s) are invited to attend. Registration is required.

Registration for all of February's storytimes will begin on January 22 and run through the end of January. Registration is required.

 

SATURDAY SPECIALS - January 12, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – LEGO CLUB. Come to the library and build, create, and share your masterpieces with other kids who are crazy about building with LEGOS. You can play with the library’s LEGOS or bring your own. This drop-in program is for children ages 4-12. No registration is required.

January 19, @ 1:00 p.m. – WINTER STORYTIME – Come and listen to some winter stories and make a winter craft. There will be hot chocolate and cookies to enjoy as well. This program is for children ages 3 – 10. Please register for this program.

 

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BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, January 10, at 4:30 p.m. Any child in grades 2 or 3 (and their parents/caregivers) may join us at the library for this book group. We will meet each month, talk about the book that was read, enjoy a snack, and make a small craft to take home. Registration is required. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library: 231-5150 x3.

 

“BOOKS ARE FUN!” BOOK GROUP – Thursday, January 17, at 4:30 p.m. Any children in 4th or 5th grade (and their parents/caregivers) who love to read and discuss books can 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. Registration is required. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library: 231-5150 x3.

 

NATURAL HISTORY EXHIBIT – Have you ever wondered about some of the interesting, diverse, and magnificent flora and fauna of Rhode Island? A permanent natural history exhibit is available for perusing in the Children’s Room. The exhibit is the brainchild of Carol, Lily, and Susan Ferranti, with help and encouragement from the Friends of the Library (FOL), Beth Hurd, the Audubon Society, Sal Avella, Rachel Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Mike Hynes, and Debbie Mack. Because this is a revolving permanent collection, donations of suitable items such as butterflies, bugs, rocks, shells, seeds, etc. in good, clean condition, with identification will always be accepted. If you have any appropriate items to contribute to this effort, please contact Ms. Carol at the library. It will be much appreciated. Note: Any items donated for this display must be native to Rhode Island.

 

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” which started on October 3rd. The Creative Dance Community Series is continuing each Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. The program is for children who turned 6 or 7 years old by September 1, 2018. 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.

 

KINDERGARTEN COUNTDOWN – January 3 @ 6:30 p.m. Children attending kindergarten in the fall of 2019 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 began in October and will occur once a month through June 2019. There is still room for your child if you are interested. Please contact Ms. Carol for more information or to register for this program.

 

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 Librarians 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 Youth Services Librarians 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.

 

SEARCH FOR THE SNOWMEN SCAVENGER HUNT - All children are invited to search for some cool characters that are hiding in the library. Help us find the snowmen before they melt! The entry forms and rules of the game can be found in the Children’s Room. The deadline for submitting guesses is January 31, 2019. Good luck to all of the participants.

 

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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.) or Tuesday (3-8 p.m.), 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. To access this wealth of information, go to www.askri.org. For reference help, you can access World Book Encyclopedia. Learning Express provides practice tests and tutorials on a wide variety of subjects. Also, ask Mr. Mike about AskRI which includes new electronic resources such as Points of View, Ask a Librarian a Question, Education and Career Resources, NoveList, DIY Auto Repair, Consumer Health and Medical Information, and Biography Reference Center.

 

INDIVIDUAL TECHNOLOGY HELP SESSIONS – Wednesdays, 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: Michael.cardin7@gmail.com.

 

GIZMOS, GADGETS, AND GAMES – Tuesday, January 22 @ 6:00 p.m. Join us for this STEM activity. We’ll be using batteries, wires, Bluetooth technology, wheels, light sensors, buzzers, and other items provided to us by littleBit Invention Kits. With these kits, we will be creating circuits that will allow us to make an assortment of gadgets, including Crawley Creatures, a Pinball Type Game, Bubble Blasters, and Bit Bots. Space is limited and registration is required.

 

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SANTA DISPLAY – The main display case is featuring a timely and heartwarming collection of Santas. Whether you have been good or naughty this year, this display will bring out the goodness in everyone and hopefully bring joy, happiness, and good health to everyone during this holiday season and into the New Year. Stop by and check out this fantastic exhibit. You never know, Santa may be watching!

 

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION - Now that the New Year has arrived, it might be a good idea to gather up your family and friends and visit your local library. If you enjoy reading a good book, relaxing to the sound of beautiful music, or viewing your favorite DVD, then the library has something that is sure to please your taste.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS  As you are putting away all those holiday decorations, remember that the "Friends" are collecting holiday ornaments for a future fundraiser. There will be a red bin in the library through the end of January to collect your ornament donations. Remember that all the money raised from these fundraisers goes towards enhancing programs and services at the library. We are in the process of planning events for the 2019 year and welcome any suggestions for programs. Your suggestions can be emailed to us at  friends.east.smithfield.library@gmail.com  or, a note may be left at the circulation desk.  

The next FOL meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. on January 12, 2019.

The annual "Friends" meeting will be held on February 9, 2019 at 1 p.m. with a snow date of February 23, 2019. 

 

DISPLAYS - Once again, the library is offering its patrons a local setting where they can present and share their works of art with each other. For anyone desiring further information on setting up a display, collection, or exhibit, please feel free to contact the library as soon as possible.

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HOLIDAY CLOSING - The library will be CLOSED on Tuesday, January 1, in commemoration of New Year’s Day, and Monday, January 21, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

JANUARY HAPPENINGS – 1 – Betsy Ross born, 1752; 2 – Isaac Asimov born, 1920; 4 – Louis Braille born, 1809; 6 – Joan of Arc born, 1412; 8 - Elvis Presley born, 1935; 17 – Ben Franklin born, 1706; 18 – author A.A. Milne born, 1882; 24 – ballerina Maria Tallchief born, 1925; and author Mary Elizabeth Mapes Dodge born, 1831; 27 – Mozart born, 1756.

 

RECENT ADDITIONS:

 

Juvenile/YA Fiction/Nonfiction

 

Baby Bear’s Book of Tiny Tales – David McPhail

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix – Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee

Ducks Away! – Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups – Chris Harris

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing – Kay A. Haring

King and Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats Dori Hillestad Butler

Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs – David Soman and Jacky Davis

The Real McCoys – Matthew Swanson

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! – Carmen Agra Deedy

Sidetracked – Diana Harmon Asher

Splish, Splash, Ducky! – Lucy Cousins

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist – Cynthia Levinson

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THE STAFF AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE EAST SMITHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY WISH ALL OUR PATRONS AND FRIENDS A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR

 

 

 

 

February

 

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STORYTIMES

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. 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 storytime includes age-appropriate stories, songs, flannel activities, finger plays, and a craft. A parent/caregiver must participate in the program.

PAJAMAS STORYTIME – Thursday, February 28 @ 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, a related craft, and a snack. Children ages 3 and older and their caregiver(s) are invited to attend.

Registration for all of February's storytimes is required.

 

SATURDAY SPECIALS - February 2, @ 10:00 a.m. – AUDUBON SOCIETY – Take a serious and a humorous look at what makes humans “love” or “hate” certain animals/animal groups and why some of the most “unhuggable” animals are so very important and remarkable. There will be a surprise animal visitor as part of this program. This program is best suited for children ages 7 and older. Please register for this program.

February 16, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – LEGO CLUB Like Legos? Come to the library and build, create, and share your masterpieces with other kids who are crazy about building with LEGOS. You may use the library’s LEGOS or bring your own. This drop-in program is for children ages 4-12.

 

BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, February 14, at 4:30 p.m. Any child in grades 2 or 3 (and their parents/caregivers) may join us at the library for this book group. We will meet each month, talk about the book that was read, enjoy a snack, and make a small craft to take home. Registration is required. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library: 231-5150 x3.

 

“BOOKS ARE FUN!” BOOK GROUP – Thursday, February 21, at 4:30 p.m. Any children in 4th or 5th grade (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”, can 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. Registration is required. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library: 231-5150 x3.

 

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COUNTING CONTEST – All of our younger patrons in grades K-5 are invited to participate in our Valentine’s Counting Contest. Valentine candies will be in a specially-designed jar and the children will be asked to estimate the number of candies in the jar. Each child is allowed only one guess. The youngster who comes the closest to the correct number will win a treat. The deadline for submitting guesses is February 28, 2019. Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

 

AMERICAN GIRL DOLL - There is some exciting news to share with everyone. The library has a Kaya American Girl doll that may be borrowed with your library card. She comes in a carrying case with the first book in the series. Kaya, who is Native American, is from the Nez Perce tribe of 1764.

 

CHILDREN'S DISPLAY CASE – Do you have a collection that you would like to display in the Children’s Room display case? Ms. Carol is looking for some different collections to put in the display case. Please contact her if you are interested.

 

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” which started last October. The Creative Dance Community Series is continuing each Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. until June 5th. The program is for children who turned 6 or 7 years old by September 1, 2018. 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.

 

KINDERGARTEN COUNTDOWN – Thursday, February 7, @ 6:30 p.m. Children attending kindergarten in the fall of 2019 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 began in October and will occur once a month through June 2019. There is still room for your child if you are interested. Please contact Ms. Carol for more information or to register for this program.

 

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.

 

 

ROBOTICS: THE FINCH ROBOT - Monday, February 25 @ 6:00 p.m. This program is great for those wanting to learn robotics. We will be using Birdbrain Technologies Finch robot to enter code and program the Finch robot. Your code will put you in control of the Finch Robot movements, avoid crashing, and respond to light and sound. Snap programming will be used. Don’t know snap? You can learn it in a snap! Space is limited so please register soon.

 

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.), 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. To access this wealth of information, go to www.askri.org. For reference help, you can access World Book Encyclopedia. Learning Express provides practice tests and tutorials on a wide variety of subjects. Also, ask Mr. Mike about AskRI which includes new electronic resources such as Points of View, Ask a Librarian a Question, Education and Career Resources, NoveList, DIY Auto Repair, Consumer Health and Medical Information, and Biography Reference Center. Many of these links will provide you with peer review articles that you can use in your assignments and reports. Good luck with your research!

 

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VALENTINE CRAFTING FOR TWEENS AND ADULTS – Thursday, February 7, at 4:00 p.m. Children in 4th grade and up and all aged adults are invited to attend this crafty workshop celebrating all things Valentine. Join in the Valentine fun as we will be making funky doily clay heart ornaments, mini Hershey Kiss mice, and a colorful Valentine shaker card to keep or share with loved ones. Make one of the projects or all three. Please call the library to register: 231-5150. 

 

VALENTINE’S DISPLAY – The staff of the East Smithfield Public Library will be sharing the love this year with a variety of heart-shaped items brightening up our display case.

 

 

COPY MACHINES - Any size copy up to 11 x 17 inches may be made on our copy machines. Whether it is a page from an encyclopedia, or a copy of a bill for your income tax, the cost is just 40¢ (color), 20¢ (b&w) a page. The machines can also reduce/enlarge copies.

 

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HOLIDAY CLOSING - The library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 18, in commemoration of Presidents’ Day.

 

CLOSINGS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER – Library closings and delays due to inclement weather will be broadcast via the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association. The Rhode Island Broadcasters Association includes many of the local radio and television stations and they broadcast cancellations and delays as quickly as they are received. Check your local TV station, radio station, or visit their web site for the latest information.

 

NEWSPAPERS - In addition to the weekly The Valley Breeze & Observer and the New York Times Large Type Weekly, the library subscribes to USA Today and The Providence Journal. These valuable resources will surely keep you up to date on local, state, national, and international issues.

 

 

GROUNDHOG DAY – Saturday, February 2, 2019. Is Punxsutawney Phil going to see his shadow? If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, it means spring is just around the corner.

 

 

LIBRARY LOVERS’ MONTH - Library Lovers' Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation's libraries will continue to serve.

 

FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS! – 11 - Thomas Edison born, 1847; 12 - Abraham Lincoln born, 1809; 15 - Galileo born, 1564; 20 – John Glenn orbits earth, 1962; 22 – George Washington born, 1732; National Adopt a Rabbit Month; and Black History Month.

 

RECENT ADDITIONS:

 

Juvenile/YA Fiction/Nonfiction

 

The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable – Aaron Blabey

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty PeopleDav Pilkey

Hammerhead Vs. Bull Shark – Jerry Pallotta

I’m Batgirl! – Tracey West

Italy – Amy Rechner

King and Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse– Dori Hillestad Butler

The Light in the Forest – Conrad Richter

Marvel Captain America: Civil War. Escape from Black Panther – R. R. Busse

Mexico – Marty Gitlin

Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero – Patricia McCormick

Weird But True! 3: 300 Outrageous Facts

The Wild Robot Escapes – Peter Brown

 

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