Children’s Programming

 

 

 

 

April

 

 

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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 May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. 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 3½-6 and will be held on May 5, 12, 19, and 26. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts.

PAJAMA STORYTIME – Thursday, April 28 @ 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 May’s storytimes will begin on April 18 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!!!!

 

SATURDAY SPECIALS April 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  AUDUBON SOCIETY OF R.I. – OWLS OF NEW ENGLAND - Come learn about the adaptations, behavior, ecological importance and natural history of owls. Demonstrations and bio-facts will help illuminate the fascinating lives of these birds. A live owl will accompany this program. This program is for children ages 3 – 12. Registration is required.  Thanks to the Friends of the Library (FOL) for sponsoring this program.

April 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. RHODE ISLAND LIBRARY DAY: LIBRARY SCAVENGER HUNT - In honor of this day, our library will be having a scavenger hunt. Want to know your local library better? Come explore the library in a fun way. Snacks and small prizes will be provided. This will be a drop-in program for children of all ages.

 

PROJECT CHICK FROM CASEY FARM – Monday, April 18, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Children of all ages are invited to the library to learn about the life cycle of a chicken. This program also allows the participants to view and gently handle newly-hatched baby chicks! Please register for this exciting program.

 

GIANT TISSUE PAPER FLOWERS – Wednesday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. Children in second grade and older are invited to the library to make Giant Tissue Paper Flowers. Artist Donna Walker will teach us how to make these fun flowers as well as how to make a vase from recycled materials. Please register for this program.

 

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DROP EVERYTHING AND READ (D.E.A.R.) DAY – Join Ramona Quimby, Age 8, and children all over the world as they celebrate D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day) on Tuesday, April 12. This is a special reading celebration 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.

 

BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, April 7, 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.

 

“BOOKS ARE FUN” BOOK GROUP – Thursday, April 14, 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.

MAKE IT AND TAKE IT CRAFTS! - Thursday, April 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Stop by the library anytime between 3:30 and 5:30, and make a craft to take home with you!  This is a drop-in program for children of all ages.

 

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COUNTING CONTEST! - “April showers bring May flowers”, but do you know how many gumballs are in the jar? Stop counting raindrops and come to the library and check out these luscious gumballs. Participants are asked to “guess” how many gumballs 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! Remember, only one guess/child. One winner will be called at the end of April to come in to claim a prize. Good luck and Happy Spring!

 

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.

 

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 (3-6:30 p.m.), Tuesday (3-8 p.m.), or Wednesday (5:30-7:00 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. And finally, check out www.tutor.com – the Homework Help Center.

 

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 interesting subjects in creative ways. Simply call 231-5150 x3, or, just drop by.

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CREATING YOUR OWN POETRY – Tuesday, April 19, @ 7:00 p.m. National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, bloggers, and of course poets, marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. Join us as we get inspired and create our own poetry. Activities involve writing short poems on “leaves” to add to our Poe-tree, Book Spine Poetry, Found Text Poem, Black-out Poetry Illustration, and Cut-out Poetry.

 

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NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEKAPRIL 10-16 – This year’s theme is Libraries Transform. Gather up your family and friends and visit your local library during National Library Week. Check out the myriad resources – books, magazines, videos, DVDs, CDs, audiocassettes, puzzles, etc. that you may check out for your personal enjoyment and edification. Once you experience the joy and satisfaction of using the resources that the library offers, you will surely become an active library user. The best thing is that all of these resources are FREE.

 

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SMITHFIELD CONSERVATION COMMISSION’S MEMORY/POETRY PROJECT - The Smithfield Conservation Commission is currently organizing and developing a “Memory/Poetry Box Project” to enhance the aesthetic beauty of Smithfield’s 7 walking trails. The Commission would like to invite our local residents to participate in this project. Participating individuals will have the opportunity to tap into their creative juices and write a short, 8-10 line poem or memory of how a particular walking trail inspired them. Members of the Commission will evaluate the poems/memories for simplicity, clarity, and creativity. Each memory or poetry box will be placed alongside the walking trail that best reflects its content. Participants, who contributed memories/poems will be honored by the commission and recognized by all future travelers of Smithfield’s Walking Trails.

P.S. If you live in the Esmond or Georgiaville villages and would like to write something about the walking trail along Esmond Park, or a poem or memory related to the Bernon Manufacturing Company or Esmond Mills, that would be fantastic. Please drop off your poems or memories to the library and we will forward them to the Conservation Commission. Poems and memories will be accepted thru the end of May. In advance, thank you for your time, concern and effort.

 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS: The FOL continues to accept books, audio and videocassettes, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and other resources for our next Book Sale. Items may be dropped off at the library anytime during library hours. Please mark all items “For FOL Book Sale.” Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of this worthwhile event.

The next book sale will be held in June. If you have more books than you can bring to the library, contact us and we may be able to pick them up for you! Call Charlotte, at 233-6720, or email ccwtaylor@gmail.com.

                The FOL is continually seeking active members to help with our programs and activities. If you are able to donate a few hours to a truly worthy cause, please join us for one of our monthly meetings. We really like to spend our money to make the library a better place for you. Let us know what library resources or programs you would like us to support. Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the library. For information concerning the FOL, please contact ccwtaylor@gmail.com, or phone: 233-6720.

A reminder: “Library Passes” are available for the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Biomes Marine Biology Center, and the Providence Children’s Museum.

The FOL assist the children’s/young adult librarians with various aspects of children’s programming. They provide materials, personal assistance, and refreshments for many activities involving our younger patrons.

 

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COMPUTERS FOR PUBLIC USE - Stop by the library and check out how you can utilize this invaluable service. Wireless laptops are also available for use within the library.

 

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK - April 10 thru April 16 - Volunteers take the time to make a difference and the library commends Jennifer Derosier, Maureen Floor, Alexandra Puleo, Sandra Rawcliffe, students from Bryant University, Charlotte Taylor, 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

 

Shelter Pet Squad: Jelly Bean – Cynthia Lord

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes – Nicola Davies

The Forgotten Sisters – Shannon Hale

Freedom in Congo Square – Carole Boston Weatherford

Eye Popping Oddities: Ripley’s Believe It or Not

La Leyenda de Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving

How to Track a Rabbit – Norman D. Graubart

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Donatello – Brian Lynch

Poseidon and the Sea of Fury – Joan Holub

Malala Yousafzani: Shot By the Taliban Still Fighting – Matt Doeden

Vietnamese Children’s Favorite – Tran Thi Minh Phue

We Forgot Brock! – Carter Goodrich

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 7, 14, 21, and 28. 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 3½-6 and will be held on June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts.

PAJAMA STORYTIME – Thursday, May 19 @ 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 June’s storytimes will begin on May 16 and run through the end of May. 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!!!!

 

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 80 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 7, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 2016 KIDS READING ACROSS RHODE ISLAND – Save the date! The 2016 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 7, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Free parking is available in state lots. Meet Victoria Jamieson, RISD grad and author of the 2016 Kids Reading Across R.I. book Roller Girl. Get your own autographed copy of Victoria’s book (FREE) and participate in various games and activities at this fantastic event. This celebration is sponsored by TD Bank, TD Charitable Foundation, R.I. Council for the Humanities, R.I. Center for the Book, The Office of Library & Information Services, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

May 21, 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.

 

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SUMMER READING PROGRAM – It is not too early to start thinking about the Summer Reading Program. Signups are from June 20 – July 1 and the program runs from July 5 thru August 12. This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set… 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 5, 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.

 

SEWING CLASS WITH MISS ASHLEY – Monday, May 16, at 3:30 p.m. Children ages 7-12 are invited to the library to learn basic sewing techniques and create a project to take home. This month’s project is a tote bag. Space is limited and registration is required. This month’s project required more material than usual, therefore a materials fee of $10.00 is required the day of the class.

 

FIND THE FLOWERS – Search for the Flowers Scavenger Hunt. Children of all ages 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!

 

BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, May 12, 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 19, 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 2-8. 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 Shopkins. The display was organized and developed by Kolbie Joachim, a 7 year old in the first grade at Old County Road Elementary School. Kolbie started collecting Shopkins on her birthday this past September and she now has 83 of them. Kolbie also has a shoe store, a boutique, a piano, and an ice cream truck. In March, Kolbie also began collecting Petkins. (These are Shopkins that look like pets.) When Kolbie plays with her Shopkins, she pretends they are in a ballet or at one of the shops. Kolbie 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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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!

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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.), Tuesday (3-8 p.m.), or Wednesday (5:30-7:00 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. And finally, check out www.tutor.com – the Homework Help Center.

 

LIGHT PAINTINGS- Tuesday, May 31, @ 6:30 p.m. – What is light painting? It is described as “a great way to create striking images and illusions using a camera, a light source, and a little practice.” When the camera shutter is open with the room in the dark, the digital sensor acts like a blank canvas. It’s as if the image is being drawn or painted by the light source as it moves through space. Join us as we create these “light paintings.”

 

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SCREEN-FREE WEEK (FORMERLY TV TURN-OFF WEEK) – MAY 2-8, 2016 – 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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CHOOSE PRIVACY WEEKIt’s time for Americans to take charge of their information privacy. Do you know your rights? Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7, 2016) is a new initiative that invites people into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives individuals the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy. People enjoy the convenience of having information at their fingertips. But most people don’t realize the trade off. For example, citizens turn a blind eye to the fact that online searches create traceable records that make them vulnerable to questioning by the FBI, or that government agencies can track their phone calls, airline travel, online purchases, and more. The emergence of the modern information society and its increased emphasis on the collection, use, and storage of personal data has enabled the growth of surveillance and the loss of privacy.

 

MEMORIAL DAY - The library will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 for Memorial Day observances.

 

SIGHT-SAVERS COLLECTION - Our LARGE PRINT collection includes books, magazines, and newspapers.

 

MOTHER'S DAY - Sunday, May 8 - Happy Mother's Day to all of our moms! Sit back, put up your feet, and relax. YOU DESERVE IT!

 

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

 

March Grand Prix – Kean Soo

Spring According to Humphrey – Betty G. Birney

Finding Spring – Carin Berger

The Taken: FoxcraftInbali Iserles

Sonia Sotomayor – Lisa Tucker McElroy

Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom – Joan Holub

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Michelangelo – Brian Lynch

Train Is on Track – Peter Bently

Planet Saturn – Ann O. Squire

Super Baseball Infographics

Scooby-Doo: A Merry Scary Holiday – Lee Howard

How to Track a Turkey – Norman D. Graubart

 

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