Children’s Programming

 

 

 

March

 

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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 April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. The afternoon story hours will be held on April 3, 10, 17, and 24. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts. Pre-registration for April's story hours will begin on March 17 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 8, 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 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – BOOKS AND BINGO for children in grades K-3. Please sign up for this program.

 

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SHARE-A-STORY BOOK GROUP – Thursday, March 20, at 4:00 p.m. Children in grades 4 and 5 and their parent(s), caregiver(s), or special person (people) are invited to come to the library and discuss a book selected by the Children’s Librarian. Everyone will read the same book and come to the library to discuss the selected title. For additional information, please contact Miss Babs at the library: 231-5150 x3.

 

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 3 thru March 7, 2014. Look for the display in the children’s room featuring books, coloring pages and fun handouts that are all “Seuss”! Check out the website www.seussville.com to learn more interesting information about Dr. Seuss.

 

GETTING READY FOR KINDERGARTEN - Friday March 14, at 12:30 p.m. @ Greenville Public Library. Children who are entering kindergarten in the fall, along with their parents, are invited to an afternoon of stories and fun activities in this collaborative effort between the local libraries and the Smithfield Outreach program. The integrated preschool teachers will be on hand, as well as the children’s librarians from both libraries in town. Parents will receive a calendar explaining the early learning standards to use with their children to better prepare them for kindergarten. Refreshments will be served. Please call 231- 5150 x3 to register.

 

CHILDREN’S ROOM DISPLAY – The Children’s display case is featuring an unique and interesting display on one of Winnie the Pooh’s friends: Eeyore. The display was organized and developed by Melissa Moroni and we thank her for loaning it to the library. Melissa has been collecting Eeyores since she was little and many people knew that she liked him, so they gave her gifts of Eeyores. Melissa especially likes that, although Eeyore appears glum, deep down he is happy. He is also a good friend to Melissa. Stop by the library and check out this delightful and lovable 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 (3-8 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 (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 the AskRI service.

 

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!

 

POP ART PORTRAITS- Monday, March 24, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Join us as we look at Art by the famous artist Roy Lichtenstein, whose art has inspired many who followed him. His technique involved using small dots to create colors. This method is the same used in early pulp comic books from the earlier days. Roy’s pop art includes captions, speed bubbles, and onomatopoeias such as POW! and WHAM!  We will be creating portraits in the style of Liechtenstein using several types of art supplies. You can check out his work at http://www.lichtensteinfoundation.org/. Registration is required.

 

PUBLISHER – Wednesday, March 26, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. This beginners’ class, will teach you how to design, create, and publish different documents for both professional and personal purposes. This includes signs, greeting cards, brochures, pamphlets, flyers, newsletters, and many more. You will learn many ways to use templates to plan out and create your work. You will gain the ability to design a publication from the idea stage to the finished project. Prerequisite knowledge of Microsoft Word is recommended. Space is limited and registration is required.

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TEEN TECH WEEK – March 9-15 - 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 “DIY @ Your Library.”

 

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BEYOND MONOPOLY (AND NOT QUITE CHESS) – Thursday, March 13, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. There are thousands of board games that you (at least, most of you) have probably never heard of and many of them are much more fun than the two mentioned above. This class will demonstrate a couple of games you may find at your local department store along with some that you will have to go a bit out of your way to find. Then we shall play!

 

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

 

How to Make Super Pop-ups – Joan Irvine

The Book of How- Martine Laffon

Snowflakes Fall – Patricia MacLachlan

My First Book of Colors – Jonas Fearon Bell

My First Book of Numbers – Jonas Fearon Bell

My First Book of Letters – Jonas Fearon Bell

LEGO Space: Building the Future – Peter Reid and Tim Goddard

LEGO Play Book: Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life – Daniel Lipkowitz

The LEGO Adventure Book. Volume 2, Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons and More – Megan H. Rothrock

Birthday Monsters! – Sandra Boynton

Snuggle Puppy: A Little Love Song – Sandra Boynton

Moo, Baa, La La LaSandra Boynton

 

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April

 

 

    

 

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 May 6, 13, 20, and 27. The afternoon story hours will be held on May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts. Registration for May's story hours 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 5, from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 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.

April 19, 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 eggs-citing program.

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DROP EVERYTHING AND READ (D.E.A.R.) DAY – Join Ramona Quimby, Age 8, and her class as they celebrate D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day) – Saturday, April 12, is a special reading celebration day 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.

 

GUMDROP CONTEST! - “April showers bring May flowers”, but do you know how many gumdrops are in the jar? Stop counting raindrops and come to the library and check out these luscious gumdrops. Participants are asked to “guess” how many gumdrops 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! One winner will be called at the end of April to come in to claim a prize.

 

CHILDREN'S DISPLAY CASE – The Children’s Room display case is presenting an interesting and unique collection featuring Stuffed Animals from Disney World. This exhibit was organized and developed by Paul Grenon and we thank him for loaning it to the library. Paul is six years old and he has been collecting Disney stuffed animals since he was three months old. Most of Paul’s collection has come from his grandparents while visiting Disney World. Paul’s family enjoys going to Disney World and taking a Disney cruise every year. Paul loves Disney World and his favorite ride is the Tower of Terror and his favorite character is Goofy. Paul thinks Goofy is funny and silly. Paul 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.

 

 

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 (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 the AskRI service.

 

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.

 

TOOTHPICK & MARSHMALLOW BUILDING CHALLENGE – Tuesday, April 29, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Use your creativity to engineer a building. See how high and how strong you can make your building. See if you can build the tallest structure out of a limited number of toothpicks and marshmallows! Build something yourself or use teamwork. Hopefully, you will learn some basic principles about engineering and geometry.

 

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SEED STARTING CLASS – Thursday, April 10, at 6:00 p.m. Get a jump start on the season with this indoor seed starting class. It’s easier than you think. We will take you through all the steps needed to have happy, healthy starter plants just in time for summer planting. You will choose from a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers, or plant a combination of all these seeds. There is a $5.00 materials fee. You will be taking home your own mini seed starting flat, filled with proper growing medium and your choice of seeds, all tucked in and ready to grow. We will be working with dirt, so dress accordingly. Please register, as space is limited.

 

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK - April 6 thru April 12 - Volunteers take the time to make a difference and the library commends Tracey Morgan, Rose Poyourow, Sandra Rawcliffe, Genevieve Wodziak, 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.

  

 

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.

 

     

 

RECENT ADDITIONS:

Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction

 

Don’t Call Me a Tattletale! – Kimberly Koskos

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb – Al Perkins

The Real Boy – Anne Ursu

My Blue Bunny Bubbit – Maggie Smith

Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives – Elizabeth Rusch

Side-Splitting Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids – Bob Phillips

Herman and Rosie – Gus Gordon

Friends – Eric Carle

Girls Rule! Amazing Tales of Female Leaders – Shelley Tougas

Orangutans – Megan-BorgertSpaniol

Totally Cool Creations – Sean Kinney

 

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