Children’s Programming

 

 

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 20 @ 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 8, 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.

February 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – FAMILY GAME DAY – Come to the library and play a board game with your family or friends. There will be games at the library to share or bring your favorite one to share. Of course, snacks will be served! This is a drop-in program.

 

BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, February 13, 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 27, 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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“PIZZA AND BOOKS” BOOK GROUPThis is a new Middle School Book Group that will meet this month on Tuesday, February 25th at 4:30 p.m. We will meet once a month throughout the school year. This book group will be for children in grades 6th through 8th. We will discuss books and enjoy pizza! Please contact Ms. Carol if you are interested.

 

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK ACTIVITIES:

Wednesday, February 19th @ 1:00 p.m. Snapology: RoboPets

Children will begin to explore the world of robotics as they build simple animal models that teach the fundamentals of robotic design. Whether learning about sensors while building a fish or alligator, or discovering ways that gears and wheels and axles create movement while building robotic dogs or frogs, your child is sure to have a great time! This program is for children ages 5 and older. Please register for this program.

Thursday, February 20th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Guest Story Time

Join Jennifer LaPreste from Tinkergarten for an educational, nature-based story time. Children ages 18 months to 8 years old are welcome to come learn about the animals who hibernate in the winter and then get creative as we build homes for those animals. Children are encouraged to bring a small stuffed animal with whom they can relate to when building winter homes. Please register for this program.

Friday, February 21st @ 1:00 p.m. MobileQuest: Coding Obstacle Course

In this program, participants will become Robot Ninja Warriors and write code to guide their robots through the MobileQuest obstacle course. This program is for children ages 7 to 12. Please register for this program.

 

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, 2020. 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 the beginning of June. The program is for children turning 6 or 7 years old by August, 2020. 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 6, @ 6:30 p.m. Children attending kindergarten in the fall of 2020 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 will meet once a month. 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.

 

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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FEBRUARY MOVIE SHOWINGS - Join us in the comfort of the library, where we will watch a new film and enjoy popcorn and other movie snacks. As of this publication, the films and dates are as follows:

Monday, February 3rd @ 4 p.m. Joker - 2 hrs. 2 mins. - Rated R. 

Monday, February 10th @ 4 p.m. The Lighthouse - 1 hr. 49 mins. - Rated R.

Monday, February 24th @ 4 p.m. Harriet – 2 hrs. 5 mins. - Rated PG-13.

 

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SMITH APPLEBY HOUSE MUSEUM – The Smith Appleby House Museum is located at 220 Stillwater Road in Smithfield. The house was built by Elisha Smith c1696, grandson of John Smith, a member of Roger William’s original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to settle in Providence.

The museum is operated by the Historical Society of Smithfield and maintained by volunteers with donations from the community and fundraising efforts. Our mission is to recognize the value of the past to help us to deal effectively with the future and to preserve as much of the past as we can for the future generations to learn from.

Our events are year round and include festivals, dinners, school field trips, as well as rental opportunities for ceremonies and outings.

Please visit us online at www.smithapplebyhouse.org for more information regarding our events, history, and photo album.

 

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 17, 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.

 

DOLL DISPLAY – The main display case is featuring a beautiful and unique collection of dolls. This collection was started in the early 1950’s and was meant to consist of the Vogue “Ginny” Dolls. As friends and family began giving dolls as gifts, the collection expanded to include dolls from around the world, as well as the Madeline collection. This exhibit was organized and developed by Barbara Bourgery and we thank her for loaning it to the library. Stop by the library and check out this fantastic display.

 

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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 – Sunday, February 2, 2020. 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

 

Juana & Lucas. Big Problemas – Juana Medina

Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know – Adam Bray

Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete – James Dean

The Pigeon Has to Go to School – Mo Willems

Pinkalicious and the Sick Day – Victoria Kann

Something Upstairs: A Tale of Ghosts– Avi

Stephen Curry – Dan Wetzel

Tenny Weenies: The Intergalactic Petting Zoo and Other Stories – David Lubar

Tigers at Twilight – Mary Pope Osborne

To the Future, Ben Franklin! – Mary Pope Osborne

Trip to the Pumpkin Farm – Rebecca Elliott

The Uncanny Express – Kara LaReau

 

 

 

 

 

 

March

 

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Have you heard the news? East Smithfield Public Library has been selected as the beneficiary of the @StopandShop Community Bag Program! Each time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Stop & Shop at 446 Putnam Pike, Greenville, R.I. during the month of March, we will receive a $1 donation. Help our community by reducing our dependence on plastic bags and at the same time supporting our local library.

 

**NEW WEBSITE**

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new website, http://myespl.org! Check it out and let us know what you think. Please send any comments about the site to director@myespl.org. You will now be able to reserve your spot in our popular programs that require reservations on the website under the Events tab. You need an email address to make the reservations on the website. If you don’t have an email address, you can still call the library and we will reserve your spot. If you need help making a reservation on the website, please come in or call us for help and we will walk you through the process.

 

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. We will read books, sing songs, and do finger plays. Exploratory social play will follow the story time. See Ms. Carol for further details.

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

PAJAMA STORYTIME – Thursday, March 26 @ 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 bedtime stories, songs, a snack, and a craft. Children ages 3 and older and their caregiver(s) are invited to attend.

Please register for all storytimes via our website or by calling the library: 231-5150 x3.

 

SATURDAY SPECIALS - March 7, @ 11:00 a.m. – DR. SEUSS’ BIRTHDAY STORYTIME – Come to a special story time celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday which was on March 2nd. We will read stories, do a special craft and enjoy a snack. This story time is for children ages three and older. Please register for this program via our website or by calling the library: 231-5150 x3.

March 14 @ 1:00 p.m. – DAMSHA IRISH DANCE STUDIO - This special program will include performances of both traditional and modern choreography, as well as explanations of the dances and their origins. This program is best for children ages three and older and their families.  Please register for this program via our website or by calling the library: 231-5150 x3.

 

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BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, March 12, 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. Please register for this book group via our website or by calling the library. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library: 231-5150 x3.

 

“BOOKS ARE FUN!” BOOK GROUP – Thursday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m. 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 each month to discuss a certain book, enjoy a snack, and participate in special activities about the book. Please register for this book group via our website or by calling the library: 231-5150 x3. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library: 231-5150 x3.

 

“PIZZA AND BOOKS” BOOK GROUPThis is a new Middle School Book Group that will meet this month on Tuesday, March 24th at 4:30 p.m. We will meet once a month throughout the school year. This book group will be for children in grades 6th through 8th. We will discuss books and enjoy pizza! Please register for this book group via our website or by calling the library: 231-5150 x3. Please contact Ms. Carol 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 the beginning of June. The program is for children turning 6 or 7 years old by August, 2019. 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, March 5 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Children attending kindergarten in the fall of 2020 can join us for this special series of story times. We will be getting ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, and activities. This series of storytimes will meet once a month. 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.

 

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READ ACROSS AMERICA CELEBRATION – We will be honoring the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2, 2020. March 2 is also Dr. Seuss’ official birthday. Check out the website www.seussville.com to learn more interesting information about Dr. Seuss.

 

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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. 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!

 

ANCESTRY FOR BEGINNERS – Monday, March 23, @ 6:30. Recently, the library has acquired the Ancestry Library Edition to bolster our genealogical resources. Ancestry.com is a powerful resource with a massive array of tools to help you reach into the past. With Ancestry in the Library, you can send articles to your email, examine family trees, discover birth, marriage, and death records, search immigration information, and even read newspaper obits and city directories. This service is only available at the library. For those new to Ancestry, there will be a demonstration of how to set up an account and start exploring your family tree. Please call the library to register: 231-5150.

 

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BOOK ART HEDGEHOGS – Tuesday, March 24 @ 6:30 p.m. Hedgies are on the way! Create a hedgehog out of recycled books by folding the pages and decorating him or her. Make your hog unique. Materials will be supplied. This program is for ages 10 and up. Registration is required.

 

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MARCH MOVIE SHOWINGS - Join us in the comfort of the library, where we will watch a new film and enjoy popcorn and other movie snacks. As of this publication, the films and dates are as follows:

 

Monday, March 2 @ 4 p.m. Judy – 1 Hr. 58 Mins., PG-13.

Monday, March 9 @ 4 p.m. The Good Liar – 1 Hr. 49 Mins., R.

Monday, March 16 @ 4 p.m. Frozen II – 1 Hr. 43 Mins., PG.

Monday, March 23 @ 4 p.m. Knives Out – 2 Hrs. 10 Mins., PG-13.

 

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, 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

 

Big Nate: A Good Old-fashioned Wedgie – Lincoln Peirce

Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse – Anna Sewell

The Children’s Blizzard, 1888 – Lauren Tarshis

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls – Dav Pilkey

Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home – Scott Morse

I’m a Big Sister! – Ronne Randall

I Really Like Slop! – Mo Willems

My Papi Has a Motorcycle – Isabel Quintero

Moby-Dick – Kathleen Olmstead

Oh Dear!: A Farm Lift-the-Flap Book – Rod Campbell

The Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

 

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