Children’s Programming

 

 

 

April

 

 

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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 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.

 

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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. 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.

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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.

 

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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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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 June 3, 10, 17, and 24. The afternoon story hours will be held on June 5, 12, 19, and 26. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts. Registration for June's story hours will begin on May 19 and run through the end of May. Registration is required.

 

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.

 

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. Snacks will be provided. See you there!!!!

 

SATURDAY SPECIALS – May 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.

May 17, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. SPRING STORIESSpring makes you think of flowers blooming, birds chirping, and warmer weather. Come join us for stories about this lovely time of the year. There will be a craft and children will also plant a seed to take home and watch it grow. This “springtacular” program is for children ages 4-10. Please sign-up for this program. For more information, please call Miss Carol 231-5150 x3.

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SUMMER READING PROGRAM – It is not too early to start thinking about the Summer Reading Program. Signups are from June 23 – June 27 and the program runs from June 30 thru August 13. This year’s theme is Fizz, Boom, 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.

 

FIND THE FLOWERS – Search for the Flowers Scavenger Hunt. All children, ages 5-12, are invited to find some colorful flowers that are hiding in the library. The entry forms and rules can be found in the Children’s Room. The deadline for submitting guesses is May 31. Good luck!

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CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK - The library will be celebrating Children's Book Week from May 12-18. 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 holds the seashell collection that Katarina Gillis has created over many years. Katarina is eighteen, and has been collecting shells since early childhood. She loves the ocean and all the little treasures found among the sand and seaweed. With different types of shells, this display will get you excited for summer! Katarina hopes you will like her seashells just as much as she does. Come by to check out some books and see this ocean themed display!

 

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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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. Simply call 231-5150 x3 to register or just drop on in!

 

 

STAR WARS: MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU @ THE EAST SMITHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY – May the 4th be with you. May 4th is Star Wars Day. We will be celebrating a belated Star Wars Day on Monday, May 19 @ 6:00 p.m. Stop in and get a Star Wars activity kit. There will be Star Wars games and activities including the Star Wars Lego game and a look at the fan who created a remake of Star Wars called Star Wars Uncut. There will also be crafts and refreshments. Did you know that there are over 150 Star Wars items in our library collection. Registration is required. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event!

 

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.

 

 

 

SCREEN-FREE WEEK (FORMERLY TV TURN-OFF WEEK) – MAY 5-11, 2014 – 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.

 

RECENT ADDITIONS:

Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction

 

Sky Jumpers – Peggy Eddleman

Fake Mustache – Tom Angleberger

The Race for Chi – Ruth Amos

Polar Bears – Laura Marsh

School Day – Jenne Simon

Charlie’s Snow Day Ree Drummond

Meerkats – Laura Marsh

Star Wars Science Fair Book – Samantha Margles

Rhode Island Anthology – Providence Comics Consortium

Mirage – Jenn Reese

Look and Find Animals – Jan Smith

Let’s Find Pokemon!: Gold & Silver

 

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