Children’s Programming

 

 

February

 

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STORYHOURS - Tuesdays from 11:00-11:30 a.m. The Tuesday morning story hours have a different format. They are now for children 1-2 years old and will be held on March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. We will read books, sing songs, and do finger plays. See Ms. Carol for further details.

Thursdays from 1:00-1:45 p.m. The Thursday afternoon story hours are for children ages 3½-6 and will be held on March 5, 12, 19, and 26. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts.

Registration for all of March's story hours will begin on February 17 and run through the end of February. 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 - February 7, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – LEGO CLUB - Come to the library and build, create, and share your masterpieces with other kids who are crazy about building with LEGOS. Use the library’s LEGOS or bring your own. This drop-in program is for children ages 4-12. No registration is required.

February 21, from 11:00 a.m. – Noon. AUDUBON PROGRAM: BIRDS OF PREY – In this program the children will learn about the adaptations, behavior, ecological importance, and natural history of birds of prey. Demonstrations with a “live bird” and hands-on activities will help illuminate the fascinating lives of these birds. This program is for ages 3 and up. Space is limited so registration is required. The Friends of the Library (FOL) are sponsoring this program.

 

BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, February 12, at 4:30 p.m. Any children in grades 1-3 may join us at the library for an introduction to book groups. This month’s selection will be Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant. Call the library to reserve the book or place your own hold online. Then, read the book at home. During the club meeting, we will read the book again, talk about the book, enjoy a snack, and make a small craft to take home. Registration is required. Space is limited to 10 participants. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library.

 

“BOOKS ARE FUN!” BOOK GROUP – Thursday, February 26, @ 4:30 p.m. Any children in 4th or 5th grade (and their parents/caregivers) who love to read and discuss books 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. This month’s selection is The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. Registration is required. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library.

 

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SEWING CLASS WITH MISS ASHLEY – Tuesday, February 17, at 10:30 a.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 stretch circle skirt with a handkerchief hem. Space is limited and registration is required. A small materials fee of $10.00 is required the day of the class.

 

MAKE IT AND TAKE IT CRAFTS! - Wednesday, February 18, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 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.

 

PAJAMA STORY TIME – Thursday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. Come to the library in your pajamas and listen to stories. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to join in on the fun! There will be a story-related craft for the children. Hot chocolate (to keep us warm) and cookies will be served. This program is for children ages 3 to 9 and their caregiver(s). Registration is required.

 

COUNTING CONTEST – All of our younger patrons in grades K-6 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, 2015. Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

 

CHILDREN'S DISPLAY CASE – The Children’s Room display case is featuring a unique and interesting exhibit on Matchbox Cars. This display was organized and developed by Shane Santos and we thank him for loaning it to the library. Shane is 10 years old and he enjoys collecting and playing with matchbox cars. Shane started off with just a couple of cars and through the years his collection has grown to over 135 cars. He likes to race his cars down the car track and trade cars with his brother and cousin. Shane is glad to share his collection and he hopes that everyone enjoys it. Stop by the library and check out this fantastic display.

 

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.

 

RHODE ISLAND TEEN BOOK AWARD 2015 The Rhode Island Teen Book Award is a collaborative project of the Rhode Island Education Media Association (RIEMA) and the Rhode Island Library Assocation (RILA). The goal of the Rhode Island Teen Book Award is to promote quality literature for teens by highlighting well-written books that will be of interest to those between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age. It is the hope of the committee that by allowing teens to select the winner from each year's list of nominees, teens will be encouraged to not only read more, but also discuss the books they are reading with their friends and family at school, the local library, and at home. The list of nominees for the 2015 Teen Book Award has just been released. Visit http://rilibraries.org/ritba/current-nominees to get the list and http://rilibraries.org/ritba/voting to get the ballot for voting so you can get reading. Reader will be asked to choose ONE BOOK ONLY from the list of nominees. Sorry, adults are not allowed to vote. Students are encouraged to read at least 3 books on this list before casting their vote. Cast your vote before February vacation and then return your ballot to Mr. Mike. Remember, YOU, THE READER, decide which books are the best.

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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 (4:30-7:00 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. Children are invited to enjoy a free literature-based art program each Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 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 by.

 

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RECENT ADDITIONS:

 

Juvenile/YA Fiction/Nonfiction

 

Brothers Forever – P.K. Hallinan

Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometimes It’s Feathers – Lorna Balian

Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About China – Emily Jiang

The Iron Trial – Holly Black

Indonesia – Lisa Owings

Iceland – Lisa Owings

Minecraft Mojang Redstone Handbook – Nick Farwell

The Kids Guide to Boston – Eileen Ogintz

The Paper Bag Princess – Robert Munsch

What Will I Do If I Can’t Tie My Shoe – Heidi Kilgras

Skyfire – Frank Asch

Mooncake – Frank Asch

 

 

 

 

March

 

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STORYTIMES - Tuesdays from 11:00-11:30 a.m. The Tuesday morning storytime, now called Tiny Tots Storytime, is for children 1-2 years old and will be held on April 7, 14, 21, and 28. We will read books, sing songs, and do finger plays. See Ms. Carol for further details.

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 April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts.

Registration for all of April's storytimes will begin on March 16 and run through the end of March. 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 - March 14, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – LEGO CLUB - Like LEGOS? Stop by 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.

March 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – LIBRARY SCAVENGER HUNT for children of all ages. Want to know your local library better? Come explore the library in a fun way. Snacks and small prizes will be provided. This is a drop-in program.

 

SEWING CLASS WITH MISS ASHLEY – Tuesday, March 31, 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 stretch circle skirt with a handkerchief hem. Space is limited and registration is required. A small materials fee of $10.00 is required the day of the class.

 

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BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, March 12, at 4:30 p.m. Any children in grades 1-3 may join us at the library for an introduction to book groups. This month’s selection will be Mr. Tanen’s Ties by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. Call the library to reserve the book or place your own hold online. Then, read the book at home. During the club meeting, we will read the book again, talk about the book, enjoy a snack, and make a small craft to take home. Registration is required. Space is limited to 10 participants. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library.

 

“BOOKS ARE FUN” BOOK GROUP – Thursday, March 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, 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. This month’s selection is Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. For additional information, please contact Ms. Carol at the library: 231-5150 x3.

 

MAKE IT AND TAKE IT CRAFTS! - Thursday, March 26, 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.

 

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 during the week of March 1 thru March 6, 2015. Dr. Seuss’ official birthday is March 2. Check out the website www.seussville.com to learn more interesting information about Dr. Seuss.

 

CHILDREN’S ROOM DISPLAY – The Children’s display case is featuring an unique and interesting display of Polly Pockets. The display was organized and developed by Jennifer Derosier and we thank her for loaning it to the library. Jennifer is 11 years old and when she was younger, they were her favorite toys. Her most cherished ones are the princesses. Jennifer enjoys making play-doh and clay dresses for her Polly Pockets. She hopes you like her collection. Stop by and check out this fun display!

 

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.

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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 (4:30-7:00 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 each Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 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!

 

DECORATIVE JAR LIGHTS – Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we turn mason jars and household items into vibrant decorative lights. We will be using a special formula to create glowing water that will help to illuminate the designs we create. We will supply the materials, you can provide the creativity. Registration is required: 23­1-5150.

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TEEN TECH WEEK – March 8-14 - Teen Tech Week is a national initiative that aims to encourage libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcase the outstanding technology they offer, from services such as online homework help, social networking, video production, and digital literacy-focused programs to resources like e-books, movies, music, games, audio books, databases, and more. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those such as CDs, DVDs, databases, audio books, and videogames. Teens are encouraged to use the library’s nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of technology. This year’s theme is “Libraries Are for Making...”

 

MUG RUG CRAFT - Monday, March 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join us for a free crafting workshop as we make Mug Rugs for our own hot beverages or to give away as cute gifts. We will have fun playing with yarn on plastic canvas to make adorable little coasters. This program is open to teens and adults. Limited to 10, so please call to register.

 

FENWAY PARK AND ‘THE SOX” DISPLAYTAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME…..we have all sung the song and have eaten the Cracker Jacks at a ball park. As the baseball season approaches (hopefully the snow mountains are melting), the display case will reflect our beloved Fenway Park and “The Sox”. There will be trivia questions, books, baseball cards and other items to remind us that the summer season is not far off and America’s most beloved pasttime will once again be here. Spring training is right around the corner and how we long to hear those infamous words: “Play Ball!” Stop by the library and check out this fantastic display.

 

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, periodicals, videocassettes, 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

 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Reality Shock!

I Spy Extreme Challenger!: A Book of Picture Riddles – Nancy Hajeski

Ode to a Commode: Concrete Poems – Brian Cleary

Strongheart: The World’s First Movie Star Dog – Emily Arnold McCully

Winterfrost – Michelle Houts

Who Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks – Mia Posada

Winter Soldier: The Bitter March – Rick Remender

ZodiacRomina Russell

The Graham Cracker Plot – Shelley Tougas

Jedi Academy – Jeffrey Brown

Welcome to the Neighborhood – Becky Friedman

Ballet Lesson – Elizabeth Schaefer

 

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