Children’s Programming

 

 

 

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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 June 6, 13, 20, and 27. We will read books, sing songs, and do finger plays. See Ms. Carol for further details.

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

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME - Thursdays from 1:00-1:45 p.m. The Thursday afternoon Preschool Storytime Program is for children ages 3˝-6 and will be held on June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts.

Registration for all of June’s storytimes will begin on May 15 and run through the end of May. Registration is required.

 

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

 

THANK YOU! – Thank you to everyone who donated candy, plastic eggs, or their time, to make our Annual Easter Egg Hunt a huge success. Over 50 children and their families came to the event and had fun looking for eggs! It was a wonderful time had by all! A special thank you to the Puleo family for donating the prizes and assisting Ms. Carol.

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SATURDAY SPECIALS - May 6, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. LEGO CLUB - Like LEGOS? Come to 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.

May 13, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. - 2017 KIDS READING ACROSS RHODE ISLAND – Save the date! The 2017 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, a kickoff celebration for the Annual Statewide Summer Reading Program, will be held at the R.I. State House on Saturday, May 13, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Free parking is available in state lots. Meet Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, authors of the 2017 Kids Reading Across R.I. book Save Me a Seat. Get your own autographed copy of Sarah and Gita’s book (FREE) and participate in various games and activities at this fantastic event. This celebration is sponsored by R.I. Center for the Book, The Office of Library & Information Services, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM – It is not too early to start thinking about the Summer Reading Program. Signups are from June 19 – July 3 and the program runs from July 5 thru August 11. This year’s theme is Build a Better World… READ!

 

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.

 

MAKE IT AND TAKE IT CRAFTS!  - Thursday, May 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Stop by anytime between 3:30 and 5:30, make a craft, and take it home with you!  This is a drop-in program for children of all ages.

 

COUNTING CONTEST - Children in grades K – 5 are invited to participate in our Spring Counting Contest (guess the number of lollipops in the jar).  Stop by the children’s room, estimate the number of lollipops and put your guess in the box.  You could be a winner!!  The child who comes closest to the correct number will win a treat! The winner will be drawn on May 31st.  Each child is allowed only one guess.  Good luck and Happy Spring!

 

BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, May 11, at 4:30 p.m. Any children 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. This will be our last monthly meeting until October.

 

“BOOKS ARE FUN” BOOK GROUP – Thursday, May 18, at 4:30 p.m. Children in grades 4 and 5 and their parent(s)/caregiver(s), who love to read and discuss books, or anyone who wants to be part of a “really cool book loving group” 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. Registration is required. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library: 231-5150 x3. This will be our last monthly meeting until October.

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CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK - The library will be celebrating Children's Book Week from May 1-7. Celebrate reading and books with your children. We would hope that all the parents of children living in the greater Smithfield community would bring their children to the library and introduce them to the world of books. Give your children a head start as they face the challenges of an informational and technological society.

 

CHILDREN'S DISPLAY CASE – The Children’s Room display case is featuring an interesting collection of Bookmarks. The display was organized and developed by Cecelia Ferranti and we thank her for loaning it to the library. Cecelia’s bookmarks are all different sizes and colors. Some of her bookmarks were her grandmother’s and some she collected herself. Cecelia hopes that you like her collection.

 

CHILDREN'S DISPLAY CASE - The library is always interested in having children show their collections in the exhibit case. Please see the Children's/Young Adult Librarian 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.), or Tuesday (3-8 p.m.), and Mr. Mike will assist you in utilizing the best reference resources for your homework. Visit AskRI which includes new electronic resources such as Points of View, Student Research Center, EBSCO Topic Search, Current Events, and Literary Reference Center.

 

GET IN THE GAME: GAME CODING! – Tuesday, May 30, @ 6:30 p.m. You’ve played the game, but why not learn how to build the game. We will be using resources from Code.org. This organization’s vision is that every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Participants will use blocks of code to take Steve or Alex on an adventure through the Minecraft World, build a galaxy with code, learn to program droids, and create their own Star Wars game with BB-8, C-3PO, and R2D2 in a galaxy far, far, away. You can code with Anna and Elsa and join them as they explore the magic and “Frozen” beauty of ice. You may even code an adventure with the Amazing World of Gumball. Registration is required.

 

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SCREEN-FREE WEEK (FORMERLY TV TURN-OFF WEEK) – MAY 1-7, 2017 – The annual national celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off TV, video games, computers, and hand-held devices and turn on life. Turn off the television, pick up your favorite reading material, and let your neurons fantasize and create symbolic images that no silver screen can ever produce. Instead of relying on screens for entertainment, play, read, daydream, explore nature, and enjoy spending time with family and friends. This event is presented by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, and endorsed by many organizations, including American Public Health Association, the National Head Start Association, KaBOOM!, the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity and the US Play Coalition.

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MAY CELEBRATIONS: 3 – Golda Meir, former prime minister of Israel, born, 1898; 21 - Charles Lindbergh finished first transatlantic solo flight, 1927; 25 – Sierra Club founded, 1892.

 

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RECENT ADDITIONS:

Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction

 

I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 – Lauren Tarshis

Great Lego Sets – Daniel Lipkowitz

Lemurs – Josh Gregory

Return to the Isle of the Lost – Melissa De La Cruz

Dear America: I Thought My Soul Would Rise – Joyce Hansen

They All Saw a Cat – Brendan Wenzel

Kathryn the Gym Fairy – Daisy Meadows

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey – Lucille Colandro

Little Penguins – Cynthia Rylant

I Survived the Eruption of Mt. St Helens 1980 – Lauren Tarshis

What’s It Like to Be a Fish – Wendy Pfeffer

Spring According to Humphrey – Betty G. Birney

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STORYTIMES

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 June 6, 13, 20, and 27. We will read books, sing songs, and do finger plays. See Ms. Carol for further details.

TODDLER STORYTIME - Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Toddler Storytime is for children aged 2-31/2. Toddler story time includes stories, finger plays, and a craft. A parent/caregiver must participate in the program. **Note: During the months of July and August, Toddler Storytime will “only” be held on Mondays.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME - Thursdays from 1:00-1:45 p.m. The Thursday afternoon Preschool Storytime Program is for children ages 3˝-6 and will be held on June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts. The last Preschool Storytime Program will be on June 29 and Preschool Storytime Program will resume in September.

PAJAMA STORYTIME – Thursday, June 29 @ 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 is required for all Storytimes.

 

FRIDAY IS GAME DAY AT THE LIBRARY! - From 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Come play a board game, bring a friend or make a new friend. See you there!!!! The last Game Day will be on June 30.

 

LEGO DISPLAY – The Children’s Display Case is featuring an interesting collection of Legos. The exhibit was organized and developed by Craig Derosier, a 5th grade student at Old County Elementary School, and we thank him for loaning it to the library. The exhibit includes a wonderful collection of Legos such as amazing forts, tornadoes, and miniature cities. Craig hopes you like his display and it gets you in the mood to “Build a Better World.”

 

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SATURDAY SPECIALS – June 3, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. LEGO CLUB - Like LEGOS? Come to 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.

June 17, from Noon to 2:00 p.m. SUMMER READING KICK-OFF! – School is out! Come and sign up for our Summer Reading Program. You can drop in anytime between noon and 2:00 p.m. to register. Our Summer Reading Program is for any child up to the age of 12. Refreshments will be served! Do not worry if you can’t make it because sign-ups will continue thru Friday, June 30. For more information, please call Ms. Carol 231-5150 x3.

 

MAKE IT AND TAKE IT CRAFTS!  - Thursday, June 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Stop by anytime between 3:30 and 5:30, make a craft, and take it home with you!  This is a drop-in program for children of all ages.

 

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. The last Homework Express session will be held on June 8 and the Homework Express will resume operating in September.

 

STUDENT AMNESTY - The Libraries of Smithfield are once again conducting the Student Amnesty Program. This means that any student in the Smithfield School System may return their overdue books to their school library. During the student amnesty period, which runs from June 1 to the last day of school, there will not be any fines for overdue books.

 

 

SUMMER READING PROGRAM - Registration for our annual Summer Reading Program will begin on June 17 and continue through June 30. The program will run from July 3 thru August 11. The theme for this summer's program is “Build a Better World… READ!” Come to the library and immerse yourself into the wonderland of reading and participate in the East Smithfield Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Children will explore the world through stories, songs, games, and other activities. Everyone will have fun as they interact with the performers and their friends. Some of the exciting features of this year’s Summer Reading Program include:

 

·         Opportunities to earn coupons to local attractions and other surprises.

·         Being creative with arts and crafts.

·         Join the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) and explore building techniques and architecture

·         Mermaid Masterpieces – Painting and its creative reproductions.

·         Make Marble Mazes.

·         Design a Mini Golf Course and play some golf.

·         Create a short film project with the Providence Children’s Film Festival.

·         Storyteller Eric Fulford – The Building Blocks of Comic Creation.

·         Explore Smart Phone Holograms and VR 360.

·         Join the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) and explore The Incredible Perception of Sound: The Art and Science of Auditory Perception.

·         Farm Fresh Rhode Island - Prepare a delicious snack.

·         Design a STEM Space Landing Craft and hopefully land it safely.

·         Enjoy some refreshments: A Marvelous, Massive, Incomparable, Ice Cream Spectacle.

 

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

Evidence shows that the reading program is a fun-filled adventure. In order to join the program, come to the library during registration week to sign up. You will receive a reading log, bookmark, and progress stickers. When signing up, you will agree to read or be read to at least 6 hours. You can earn admission coupons to local attractions. Reading certificates will be awarded to children who have met their goal(s). Summer reading helps children maintain and improve their reading skills. As always, reading is its own reward!

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

 

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TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM – Registration for our Teen Summer Reading Program 2017 will begin Monday, June 19 and continue until Friday, June 30. You may register in person or online at https:sites.google.com/site/esmyasrp17/. The theme for this summer’s program is “Build a Better World: READ! Young adults entering grade 5 and above are invited to participate. Each teen will get a reading log and book review form. For each book recorded and reviewed, participants will receive a ticket. The more you read, the more chances you have to win a prize at the final drawing of tickets! Teens may either e-mail (Michael.cardin7@gmail.com) or stop by the library to show your log and review form to Mr. Mike. Tickets may also be gained by attending the special events. Sign up for this entertaining and thrilling program. A flyer detailing all of this summer’s activities will be available when you register. The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the East Smithfield Public Library, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Friends of the East Smithfield Public Library.

 

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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.) 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. **NOTE – The final homework help session will be on June 6, 2017. We hope that these homework sessions helped students achieve their academic goals. The homework help sessions will be restarting in September.

 

INDIVIDUAL TECHNOLOGY HELP SESSIONS – 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. Contact Michael Cardin at 231-5150 x3, or email: Michael.cardin7@gmail.com.

 

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BEACH THEME DISPLAYSummer will officially arrive on June 21st and the display case will feature a “beach theme” with nautical items, quizzes, and colorful sea glass. Stop by and check out the articles on waves/tides, erosion, dunes, and other interesting facts about lakes and ocean beaches. Did you know the first known use of the word “beach” is documented circa 1535? This display was organized and developed by Michele Krakowski and we thank her for loaning it to the library.

 

NEW ITEMS FOR RECYCLING – In addition to ink cartridges and cell phones, the library is now collecting the following items for recycling: Pagers, Ipods/MP3 Players, Digital Cameras/Video Cameras, GPS & Radar Devices, PDAs, Video Games & Accessories, Video Game Consoles & Handheld Devices, E-book Readers, and Calculators. DON’T let these items clog up the landfill and spoil our environment. Bring them to the library and we will ensure that they are recycled. Thank you.

 

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SUMMER HOURS - With summer just around the corner, we would like to notify our patrons that our summer hours of operation will go into effect on July 1. The summer schedule is the same as our regular schedule, except that we will be CLOSED ON SATURDAYS.

 

STREAMING VIDEO IS NOW AVAILABLE – Streaming video is now available to enjoy from the library’s website, http://riezone.lib.overdrive.com. Library card holders have instant access to streaming video with a growing catalog of digital feature films, documentaries, educational, children’s favorites, and more with a modern, easy-to-use viewing experience. Users may browse the video selection on the library’s website, borrow titles with a valid library card, and stream on most mobile and desktop devices. All videos will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

 

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FLAG DAY - Wednesday, June 14. Let the red, white, and blue fly high and free.

 

CITIZENS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING - In this season of graduations, parties, and celebrations, let us not forget our responsibility to our friends and loved ones who cannot hold their alcohol. If they consume too much alcohol, DON'T LET THEM DRIVE. It's a matter of life and death.

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FATHER'S DAY - Happy Father's Day to all of our dads (Sunday, June 18). Hope you have a relaxing day.

 

OTHER NOTABLE JUNE CURIOSITIES – June 6 – Allies invade Europe at Normandy, 1944; June 11 – Jeannette Rankin, first female U.S. Representative, born, 1880; June 16 – Valentina Tereshkova, first woman to orbit Earth, 1963; June 17 – Helen Keller born, 1880; June 18 – Author Chris Van Allsburg born, 1949; June 21 – 1st day of summer; and June is National Dairy Month.

 

RECENT ADDITIONS:

Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction

 

The Wild Robot – Peter Brown

Brave Like My Brother – Marc Tyler Nobleman

Weekends with Max and His Dad – Linda Urban

Framed! A T.O.A.S.T Mystery– James Ponti

Ollie’s Odyssey – William Joyce

Cinnamon Moon – Tess Hilmo

Daniel Visits the Library – Maggie Testa

Beforever: Maryellen #1: The One and Only – Valerie Tripp

Anna & Elsa: The Great Ice Engine – Erica David

Sweetheart – Jo Ryan

Forget This! – Tracey West

I Survived the Joplin Tornado – Lauren Tarshis

Peddles – Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Super Simple Ice Projects – Kelly Doudna

Cool Knitting for Kids – Alex Kuskowski

The Iridescence of Birds – Patricia MacLachlan

Pete the Cat: Scuba Cat – James Dean

Animal Infographics – Chris Oxlade

You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Electricity – Ian Graham

 

 

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