Children’s Programming





Summer Reading Program Activities:




Theme: On Your Mark, Get Set… READ! @ the

East Smithfield Public Library!


Stop by the library this summer and explore the many ways that reading may get you started on interacting with other people, exploring new places, and getting involved in stimulating activities. Excitement and adventure await you at the library when you read stories about amazing people, places, and experiences that will thrill you, make you cry, and hopefully make you a better person. Storytellers will amuse and amaze you with their unique and heart-warming stories. You will participate in performances and programs that will “inspire” you! But most of all, you will have some fun and learn a little more about yourself and your place in this wonderful world of ours.


Question: What has fun activities, cool prizes, and hours of enjoyable reading?


Answer:          The East Smithfield Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program. Evidence collected from past participants of the Summer Reading Program will show that this is truly a fun-filled adventure!


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Where:           The East Smithfield Public Library

50 Esmond Street

Smithfield, RI 02917

Phone: 231-5150

Fax: 231-2940

Web address:


When:             Early July – Mid-August



How It Works:

In order to join the program, come to the library during registration period (6/18-7/1) to sign up. The program runs from July 5 to August 11. 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 the goal. Summer reading helps children maintain and improve their reading skills. As always, reading is its own reward! Remember: “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ.”

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.


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


Performances and Special Events

Performances last for approximately 45 minutes and are suitable for children up to 12 years old (unless otherwise noted). Registration is recommended due to space limitations. If, after signing up for a program, you are unable to attend, please notify the library.


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Friday, August 5 @ 11:00 a.m.

Yoga Fun! - Nora Brennan has been teaching children yoga for over 6 years. She uses movement and story to help children learn yoga, meditate, and breathe. Children who practice yoga have shown increased focus, relaxation and even better sleep patterns. Nora Brennan will give the children the tools to relax, listen, move their bodies, and laugh! Nora is certified through ChildLight Yoga and Yoga FIt Kids. She cannot wait to share this gift with your child!


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Thursday, August 11 @ 6:00 p.m.

Welcome to the 2016 Summer Reading Animal Olympics! Storyteller Joe Theroux shares the stories of eight animals who battle in a single elimination tournament to be crowned the World Champion of the Animal Kingdom! This collection of high energy original tales is inspired by folklore from all over the world. For more information, you can visit Joe online at or follow him on Twitter @401Stories. Refreshments will be served after our summer wrap up program.


Fun Programs:

HERITAGE BALLET’S “RHYTHM AND CREATIVE MOVEMENT DANCE CLASS – Wednesdays, thru August 10, from 4:00 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. This program is for children ages 4-6. Through the use of games, stories, and songs that teach rhythm, coordination, balance, and basic ballet steps, children will explore movement in a fun, creative, and imaginative environment. This is a six week program. Class size is limited so be sure to register early.



OCEAN ANIMALS DISPLAYThe Children’s Room Display Case is featuring an interesting display of Ocean Animals. This display was organized and developed by Craig Derosier. Craig is 10 years old and will be a fifth grader in the fall at Old County Road School. He loves learning about animals, especially ocean animals. He likes learning about newly discovered ocean animals. He has been interested in ocean animals for about 5 years now. He hopes you like his display.




For children ages 3-12.

(Registration required for all programs)


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.


EVENING PAJAMA STORYTIME – Thursday, August 4 @ 6:30 p.m. Come to the library in your pajamas and slippers! If you wish, you may also bring your favorite stuffed animal to join in the fun. We will enjoy stories and a related craft.





Other Summer Programming and Activities



Theme: Get in the Game: READ @ the East Smithfield Public Library


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


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How Do I Participate?

It’s Extremely Easy!

Guide to Get in the Game: Read @ East Smithfield Public Library

Registration continues

First, you will need to fill out a registration form. Between the time you register and Wednesday, August 10, all you need to do is fill out a short form stating whether or not you liked the book you read. This form can be submitted in person at the library or online at For each book you read, you will be given a ticket. At the end of the program the librarian will put all of the participants’ tickets into a basket. If the librarian picks out your ticket, you will win a prize. The more you read, the more chances you have to win. Tickets can also be gained by attending the special events. The teen that reads the most books will win a special prize at the end of the program.


What Should I Read? can read ANY books you want to read for the summer reading program. Do you need suggestions? You can stop by the library and speak with the youth services librarians about what books you like to read. If you choose to read books covering “Get in the Game: READ”, try these topics: Biographies, Real Heroes, Superheroes, Villains, and Comic Strips.

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Special Events

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Monday, August 1 @ 6:30 p.m.  

Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art: Leonardo Da Vinci Catapults and Paper Airplanes

Darts is a good game, and it's played throughout the world. But what if you not only had to hit the bullseye, but you also had to build your own "dart"* -launching machine or even the "dart"* itself? Now that's a game that involves both brains and muscle! Join RIMOSA to build your own mini catapult and see if you can use it to hit the bullseye! Design and construct paper airplanes to loop, or fly fast, or land on a small landing strip (or all three!) Take your creations home for further experiments. *No actual sharp objects will be thrown in the library. Less potentially painful items will be used. For ages 8 & up, with a focus on middle school students.




Tuesday, August 9 @ 6:30 p.m .

Pictionary at the Library

Come on down to the library as we give this popular game of drawing and guessing. Think you have great drawing skills? Are you adept at coming up with the correct answer? You will be placed on a team, and will have to sharpen your mind and pencil. Parents also welcome.


Wednesday, August 10 @ 6:00 p.m.

Splendid, Enormous, Superlative, Ice Cream Spectacle of Awe and General Amazement

Today is the wrap-up of the Young Adult Summer Reading Program. All those who participated and read books for the summer reading program are invited. Use your hero powers and creativity as you decorate your ice cream sundae with a dazzling array of toppings. Prizes will also be awarded to those who actively participated in this summer’s program.





Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction/Nonfiction


Welcome to Royal Prep Lisa Ann Margoli

Amelia Bedelia Chalks One Up – Herman Parish

Into the Killing Seas Michael P. Spradin

Masterminds – Gordon Korman

Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth – Judd Winick

Lillian’s Right to Vote – Jonah Winter

The 26-story Treehouse – Andy Griffiths

Maybe a Fox – Kathy Appeit

Who We Are! Robie H. Harris

Ideas All Around – Phillip C. Stead

Baby Bird – Joyce Dunbar

No Moon, No Milk – Chris Babcock

Dream on Amber – Emma Shevah

Mallory’s Super Sleepover – Laurie Friedman

No Ordinary Sound – Denise Lewis Patrick

Blackbird Fly – Erin Entrada Kelly

The Huey’s in What’s the Opposite – Oliver Jeffers

The Cow That Went Oink – Bernard Most

James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

Pegasus: Rise of the Titans – Kate O’Hearn

Hoodoo – Ronald L. Smith

The Bamboo Sword – Margi Preus

Little Robot – Ben Hatke













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 October 4, 11, 18, and 25. 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, songs, 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 October 6, 13, 20, and 27. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts.

PAJAMA STORYTIME – Thursday, September 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 and a related craft. Children ages 3˝ to 8 and their caregiver(s) are invited to attend.


Registration for all of September’s and October's storytimes will begin on September 19 and run through the end of September. Registration is required.


FRIDAY IS GAME DAY AT THE LIBRARY! – Beginning Friday, September 2 and continuing each Friday throughout the school year, Game Day will take place from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. We have a closet chock full of fun and entertaining board games and puzzles. This is a drop in program. Come, bring a friend or make a new friend, play a board game, and enjoy a snack. See you there!



Saturday, September 3, at 11:00 a.m.REPTILE PROGRAM – AUDUBON SOCIETY OF RHODE ISLAND - What makes a reptile a reptile? This question and other questions you may have will be answered. Come and learn about reptiles and our native species of reptiles. Live reptiles will be part of the program as well. Please register for this program. This program is for children ages 3-12. A special thank you to the Friends of the Library (FOL) for sponsoring this program.

September 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. LEGO CLUB - Stop by the library on Saturday and join other Lego enthusiasts for a Lego good time. The library will supply the Legos (or you can bring your own) and you can share your ideas, techniques, and creations with your friends and other club members. This drop in program is for children ages 4-12.




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” starting on October 3. This program will run on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. It will be for children turning 6 or 7 by September 1, 2016. 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.


CHILDREN’S ROOM DISPLAY – The Children’s display case is featuring a unique and interesting display on Barbies. Kolbie Joachim is proud to share her Barbie collection with the East Smithfield Public Library. Kolbie is 7 years old and is entering the 2nd grade at Old County Road School. Kolbie got her first Barbie doll when she was 3 years old. She has princess Barbies, Ken dolls, and lots of regular Barbies, including Barbie Spin and Ride and Vet Barbie. Kolbie has a castle, some animals, and several videos and books. Her favorites are her coronation Anna and Elsa Barbies. Kolbie hopes you enjoy her collection!


SUMMER READING PROGRAMS - The staff of the library would like to extend our appreciation and congratulations to all of the children and teens who participated in our annual Summer Reading Programs. The children and teens read hundreds of books, but whether they read 5 books, or 35 books, they were all winners as concerns the further development of their minds and constructive utilization of their leisure time.


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


BOOK GROUPS  Book Groups start back up again in October.  The “Bookworms” book group is for children in second and third grade. The “Books are Fun” book group is for children in fourth and fifth grade.  Each book group meets monthly to discuss a certain book. If you are interested, contact Ms. Carol for more information.


BACK TO SCHOOL COUNTING CONTEST – Children in grades K-5 are invited to participate in our Back to School Counting Contest, counting how many school supplies are in a special jar. Stop by the Children’s Room and estimate the number of “goodies” and put your guess in the box. You could be a winner! The child who comes closest to the correct number will win the jar of school supplies. The winner will be drawn on September 30. Each child is allowed only one guess. Good luck!




INDIVIDUAL TECHNOLOGY HELP SESSIONS – Wednesday evenings @ 5:00-7:00 p.m. Beginning Wednesday, September 7, 2016 and continuing on each Wednesday 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:


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 AskRI which includes new electronic resources such as Points of View, Student Research Center, EBSCO Topic Search, Current Events, and Literary Reference Center.


TAG, YOU’RE IT! – Tuesday, September 27, @ 6:30 p.m. What in the world is TAG? TAG is a Teen Advisory Group for teens, ages 12 to 18, who want to work together to make the library a more useful and fun place for teens. What books do you like? What DVDs should the library purchase? What kind of activities do you want to do at the library? Do you want to see what kinds of volunteer opportunities are out there? We have the questions and you can give us the answers. Help us help you have a better library experience. Snacks will be provided. If you are interested in participating, stop by the library on September 27, @ 6:30 for a meeting. If you are unable to meet that day, please send Mr. Mike an email ( about your interest in participating in this group.



NEEDLE FELLTING CLASS – Monday, September 12, @ 6:30 p.m. Join us for another 2 hour long, Needle Felting class, on Sept 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the East Smithfield Public Library. This time we will be making small felted animals. Bring pictures of small animals if you need inspiration. You will have a small felted animal to take home with you. This class is for teens and adults. Limited to 10 people.


SEPTEMBER IS LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH – Your library card will give you access to one of the greatest resources in your local community: YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY. Your library is a goldmine of books, magazines, videos, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, the Internet, story hours, and other great resources and services for the entire family. In this day and age of high energy prices, where else can you take your family for FREE! Also, for parents shopping for school supplies, remember: A LIBRARY CARD IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SCHOOL SUPPLY OF ALL.


PRESERVATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS - We are all responsible for protecting the physical condition of library materials. Helpful hints: a) clean hands prevent buildup of grime and sticky substances; b) removing books from the shelves by pulling on the headband (top of the spine) will weaken and eventually destroy the book - to remove a book, gently push in the books on either side, grasp the book in the center, and remove it.


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




HOMEWORK EXPRESS – The Homework Express is up and running at the East Smithfield Public Library. For youngsters in grades K-5, this is the ticket for you. Each Thursday, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Ms. Carol 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, Ms. Carol 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. Keep in mind that the library is a great place to meet your friends to work on group projects. Drop by the library (no sign-up necessary) and get rolling on the Homework Express! Hope to see you soon.


SEPTEMBER  CELEBRATIONS – 5 – Labor Day (LIBRARY CLOSED); 7 – Grandma Moses, painter, born, 1860; 11 – Grandparents Day; 14 – Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner”; 17 – U.S. Constitution signed, 1787; 26 – Johnny Appleseed born, 1775; 23 – Native American Day.


BANNED BOOKS WEEK – September 25 – October 1, 2016 Banned Books Week is "Celebrating the Freedom to Read." Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met. Remember, it’s your freedom we’re talking about. For more information, go to


LIBRARY HOURS – Now that students will be preparing for another school year, the library will be reopening on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., beginning September 3.



Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction


Escape from Darth Vader – Michael Siglain

Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-so-happy Heartbreaker – Rachel Renee Russell

Pope Francis – Michael V. Uschan

Peeking Underground – Karen Latchana Kenney

A Handful of Stars – Cynthia Lord

The Honest Truth – Dan Gemeinhart

Took – Mary Downing Hahn

Full Cicada Moon – Marilyn Hilton

Spot the Cat – Henry Cole

A Beetle Is Shy Dianna Hutts Aston

Little One – Jo Weaver

Ten Kisses for Sophie! – Rosemary Wells



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