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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. We will read books, sing songs, and do finger plays. 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 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. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories and crafts.

PANCAKES AND PAJAMA STORYTIME – Thursday, April 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 storytimes is required.

 

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SATURDAY SPECIALS April 7, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - SPRING TIE-DYE – Children in kindergarten through grade five can make their own tie-dye t-shirt. Children will need to bring their own t-shirt to tie-dye, everything else will be provided. Please register for this program.

April 28, at 11:00 a.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.

 

SCHOOL BREAK ACTIVITIES:

PROJECT CHICK FROM CASEY FARM – Monday, April 16, 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.

SNAPOLOGY’S AMUSEMENT PARK ADVENTURES – Wednesday, April 18 @ 1:00 p.m. Design your own amusement park in this super-fun program. Learn how to use LEGO bricks and other building materials to make coasters and other awesome rides. Can you design the next Disney World? This program is for children ages 7-14. 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 Thursday, 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 5, 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 12, 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.

SPRING SCAVENGER HUNT - Search for the Literary Bunnies in the two children’s rooms. You might find a Harry Potter Bunny or an Olivia Bunny! There are nine bunnies to find. When you finish your search, you will fill out a special sheet and bring it to the circulation desk for a small surprise. Have fun!

 

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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.

 

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH Stop by the library and check out our poetry section. Poetry books range from entertaining to very serious and many in-between. Choose your favorite selection and honor it with the “poetic justice” that it deserves. You may even be inspired to write some of your own poetry.

 

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.), or Tuesday (3-8 p.m.), and Mr. Mike will assist you in utilizing the best reference resources for your homework. Visit AskRI which includes new electronic resources such as Points of View, Student Research Center, EBSCO Topic Search, Current Events, and Literary Reference Center.

 

INDIVIDUAL TECHNOLOGY HELP SESSIONS – Wednesdays, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The East Smithfield Public Library is offering “Individual Technology Help Sessions” for its patrons. Patrons must call the library and register for their specific help session. Contact Michael Cardin at 231-5150 x3, or email: Michael.cardin7@gmail.com.

 

FUN WITH FOAM – Tuesday, April 24, @ 6:30 p.m. What do you do with the foam that you take out of boxes? Well, you can turn it into templates for printmaking. Just take a sheet of foam and etch an image into it, whatever you can imagine. Then, slap a layer of paint on it and use it to make prints on paper. Materials will be available. Registration is required.

CARD GAME CLUB – Monday afternoons @ 5:30 p.m. Card enthusiasts from 5th to 12th grade will head up our new Card Game Club. Members will decide which games they want to play such as Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, or other games. You bring the cards and we will supply the space. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Michael.cardin7@gmail.com.

 

WORD BASICS – Monday, April 16, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Learn the basics of using Microsoft Word. This workshop covers the different types of documents you can create. Learn how to turn a simple document into something unique and more presentable. Learn how to create signs and a wide range of unique projects. The workshop is designed for those who have never used Word or have a limited knowledge of Word. Prerequisite knowledge of using computers with a mouse will be helpful. Registration is required.

 

EXCEL BASICS AND SPREADSHEETS – Monday, April 23, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel. This workshop covers the Excel environment, simple formulas, and charts. The workshop is designed for those who have never used Excel and it will mainly concentrate on practical activities such as setting up a budget. Prerequisite knowledge of using computers with a mouse will be helpful. Registration is required.

 

 

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EXCEL PART II – Monday, April 30, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This class is for those with a basic knowledge of Excel and want to learn more. Learn about sorting data, using forms, helpful functions, and other worksheet skills. Prerequisite knowledge of Excel Basics is recommended. Space is limited and registration is required.

 

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RHODE ISLAND FREE CLINIC – Are you uninsured and have no access to health care? The Rhode Island Free Clinic provides high-quality health care and preventative services to low income Rhode Island adults who have no health insurance or cannot afford to purchase these services. Thanks to volunteers, medical professionals, community partners and donors around Rhode Island, patients at the Rhode Island Free Clinic have a medical home and receive: Primary Care, Specialty Care, Labs and Diagnostics, Medications, Wellness Programs, and Health Education. To become a patient of the Clinic, attend our Lottery!  It’s the 1st Thursday of every month at 4:00 p.m. on 655 Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02907. To be accepted, new patients must bring the following: CURRENT PICTURE ID: We need to know if you are who you say you are; LETTER OR BILL WITH YOUR NAME AND CURRENT ADDRESS: We only serve patients who live in the state of Rhode Island; TAX RETURN OR MOST RECENT TWO PAY STUBS, OR YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT, TDI, OR SSI DOCUMENTS: We are committed to serving low-income and working poor adults who are at 150% Federal Poverty Level; NO INCOME? NO PROBLEM: Please have the person who is supporting you write a letter addressed to us stating your current living and financial situation. ANY QUESTIONS? Feel free to give us a call at (401) 274-6347 ext. 314, Administrative Assistant, if you have any questions about Rhode Island Free Clinic or eligibility requirements.

 

THURSDAY KNITTING AND CROCHET GROUP – Thursday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. We will be meeting the second Thursday of each month in the library. This group is a drop in, casual get together where we can work on our projects; help each other along, and share inspiration and our love of needlework. All levels are welcome.

 

EARTH DAY CRAFT FOR GROWN-UPS – Thursday, April 19, @ 6:00 p.m. Celebrate Mother Earth with us as we use recycled jars to layer terrarium materials with colorful pebbles, sphagnum moss, charcoal (to keep it fresh), and soil. Finish off your jar with a choice of seeds (herbs or flowers) so you can watch something grow as we move further into Spring. You will learn the basics of terrarium layering so you will be able to create them at home with your own materials. Space is limited, so please call the library to register: 231-5150 x2.

 

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEKAPRIL 8-14 – This year’s theme is Libraries Lead. 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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NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKERS DAY – Tuesday, April 10. The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), the organization for the advancement of library employees, annually sponsors National Library Workers Day, which falls on the Tuesday of National Library Week. First celebrated in 2004, the purpose is to recognize all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible every day.

 

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OXACAN ANIMALS – The main display case is featuring a colorful and magnificent collection of Oxacan Animals. The Oxacan Animals are called “alebrijes” and are made of copal wood. The display was organized and developed by Cindy Muhlbach, the new director of the library. Cindy is married to a Mexican man and lived in Mexico City, Mexico for 12 years. While living in Mexico, she became interested in Mexican folk arts and crafts and started collecting them. Stop by the library and check out these brightly painted, fantastical wooden animals.

 

R.I. LIBRARY DAY- Saturday, April 14. Amnesty Day for returning overdue materials.

 

SCREEN-FREE WEEK – APRIL 30 – MAY 6 – 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. Rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends!

 

THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB – The group will meet on Thursday, April 26, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the library. The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merril Block will be discussed this month. Please call 231-5150, or stop in, to reserve your spot. For additional information, contact Bethany Mott at the library.

 

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Our next Book Sale will be held the first weekend in May. Thursday, May 3, there will be a Friends of the Library (FOL) member’s preview from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and the following days will be open to all (Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Monday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) There will be a Bake Sale as well on Friday and Saturday and on Saturday, there will be a Plant Swap from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (bring one, take one). Thank you in advance for your generosity and concern.

 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS: The FOL continues to accept books, audiocassettes, DVDs, CDs, 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 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 Saturday, April 14, at 1:00 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, Providence Children’s Museum, and Mystic Aquarium.

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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CARD GAMES A BIT OFF THE BEATEN PATH – Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. This program is for grown-ups, but teens are also welcome. We will explore a myriad of available card games that will provide hours of great gaming, from the Mystery Rummy series to the fun and popular Sushi Go! and Love Letter. Come join the fun. Call the library to register, or just stop by.

 

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.

 

CDs/DVDs/ - Don't forget to check out our extensive collection of nonprint media. We have over 5,900 specially selected resources to meet the diverse tastes of our patrons.

 

AARP OFFERS FREE TAX AID - The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), will sponsor a “FREE” Tax Assistance Program for the low-moderate income and elderly. Thursday, April 5 and 12, tax consultants will conduct help sessions from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the library. Interested individuals should bring a copy of their W-2 and all 1099 forms, unemployment compensation statements, all forms indicating federal income tax paid, dependent care provider information (name, employer ID, Social Security number), all receipts or cancelled checks if itemizing deductions, Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents, as well as a copy of last year's return. No appointment is necessary – just drop in between 11-4.

 

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NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK - April 15 thru April 22 - Volunteers take the time to make a difference and the library commends 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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**DO GOOD WITH BURRITOS**

Please join us for a fundraiser to support the East Smithfield Public Library. Just come in to the Chipotle at 371 Putnam Pike in Smithfield on Sunday, April 8th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All you have to do is tell the cashier you are supporting the fundraiser to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the East Smithfield Public Library.

 

Online orders will not be included in the fundraiser total. To ensure your purchase is counted in the fundraiser, be sure to

order and pay in-restaurant. Gift card purchases during fundraisers do not count towards total donated sales, but purchases made with an existing gift card will count.

 

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:

Adult Fiction/Nonfiction

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Dark in Death – J.D. Robb

Inside the US Air Force – Jennifer Boothroyd

Victoria: The Complete First Season

The Girlfriend – Michelle Frances

York: Book 1 the Shadow Cipher – Laura Ruby

Strawberry Shortcake: Dress Up Days

Perish – Lisa Black

Cleopatra in Space (Books 1-4) – Mike Maihack

Versailles: Season One

The Bloody Spur – Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age – Jeffrey Brown

Trolls

Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel – Meg Gardiner

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King – Ben Hatke

Logan

Traitor: A Thriller – Jonathan de Shalit

Magic Animal Rescue: Maggie and the Wish Fish – E.D. Baker

La La Land

White Chrysanthemum – Mary Lynn Bracht

Dog Man: A Tale of 2 Kitties Dav Pilkey

Why Him?

Look for Me: A Novel – Lisa Gardner

Swing It Sunny – Jennifer L. Holm

Go Diego Go! Diego’s Arctic Rescue

Only Killers and Thieves: A Novel – Paul Howarth

Launchpad – On the Clock

Kate & Mim-Mim: Musical Mimiloo

The Undertaker’s Daughter – Sara Blaedel

The Demigod Diaries – Rick Riordan

Lost Souls

The Pope of Palm Beach – Tim Dorsey

Frank Einstein and the Electro Finger – Jon Scieszka

Kuu Kuu Harajuku

Act of Revenge: A Novel – Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice

Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg – Quavenzhane Wallis

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

The Storm King: A Novel – Brendan Duffy

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Hercules

The Deceivers: A John Wells Novel – Alex Berenson

Rihanna: Anti

Minnie’s Happy Helpers

White Houses: A Novel – Amy Bloom

The Avett Brothers: True Sadness

Robin Hood: Season Two

An American Marriage: A Novel – Tayari Jones

The BFG: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Teen Titans: The Complete Third Season

The Queen of HeartsKimmery Martin

Blake Shelton: If I’m Honest

The Mentalist: The Complete First Season

Agent in Place – Mark Greaney

Bon Jovi: This House Is Not for Sale

Brothers

The Woman in the Water – Charles Finch

The Hooters: Hooterization: A Retrospective

Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection

 

The Kinks: State of Confusion

 

 

Marc Anthony

 

 

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Sleepless in Seattle

 

 

John Hiatt: Stolen Moments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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. We will read books, sing songs, and do finger plays. Exploratory social play will follow the storytime. 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, songs, finger plays, and a craft. A parent and/or 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. As usual, there will be enjoyable stories, finger plays, and crafts.

PAJAMA STORYTIME – Thursday, May 31 @ 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 storytimes is required.

 

THANK YOU! – Ms. Carol would like to extend a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who donated candy, plastic eggs, or their time, to make our Annual Easter Egg Hunt a huge success. Over 100 children and their families came to the event and had fun looking for eggs! A special thank you to the Puleo family for donating the special prizes and their time to this annual event.

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SATURDAY SPECIALS - May 5, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. - SPRING TIE-DYE – Due to the popularity of this program, we decided to offer it again in May. Children in kindergarten through grade five can make their own tie-dye t-shirt. Children will need to bring their own t-shirt to tie-dye; everything else will be provided. Please register for this program.

May 19, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. - 2018 KIDS READING ACROSS RHODE ISLAND – Save the date! The 2018 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 19, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Honorary Chair is Governor Gina Raimondo. Free parking is available in state lots. The 2018 Reading Across Rhode Island Book is The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez. Meet Celia Perez, get a free copy of her book, and join us as we participate in various games and activities at this fantastic event. This celebration is sponsored by R.I. Center for the Book, The Office of Library & Information Services, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. If you have any questions about this event, contact Ms. Carol.

 

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SUMMER READING PROGRAM – It is not too early to start thinking about the Summer Reading Program. Signups are from June 18 – June 30 and the program runs from July 2 thru August 10. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock!

 

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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BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, May 10, 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 17, 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 April 30 - May 6. This year’s slogan is “One World, Many Stories.” 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 Stuffed Orangutans. The display was organized and developed by Bryce Gillis and we thank him for loaning it to the library. Bryce started collecting his orangutans as a child and he will soon be going off to college. Bryce wants to share his love for this animal and help to keep them from going extinct. They are an endangered species, so it is important for everyone to learn about this wonderful animal. The orangutan is Bryce’s favorite animal and he hopes you enjoy his 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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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. Visit AskRI which includes new electronic resources such as Points of View, Student Research Center, EBSCO Topic Search, Current Events, and Literary Reference Center.

 

INDIVIDUAL TECHNOLOGY HELP SESSIONS – Wednesdays, 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. Contact Michael Cardin at 231-5150 x3, or email: Michael.cardin7@gmail.com.

 

EXCEL BASICS AND SPREADSHEETS – Monday, May 14, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Learn the basics of using Microsoft Excel. This workshop covers the Excel environment, simple formulas, and charts. The workshop is designed for those who have never used Excel and it will mainly concentrate on practical activities such as setting up a budget. Prerequisite knowledge of using computers with a mouse will be helpful. Registration is required.

 

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EXCEL PART II – Monday, May 21, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This class is for those with a basic knowledge of Excel and want to learn more. Learn about sorting data, using forms, helpful functions, and other worksheet skills. Prerequisite knowledge of Excel Basics is recommended. Space is limited and registration is required.

 

    

 

POP ART PORTRAITS- Tuesday, May 29, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Join us as we look at Art by the famous artist Roy Lichtenstein, whose art has inspired many who followed him. His technique involved using small dots to create colors. This method is the same used in early pulp comic books from the earlier days. Roy’s pop art includes captions, speed bubbles, and onomatopoeias such as POW! and WHAM!  We will be creating portraits in the style of Lichtenstein using several types of art supplies. You will have the opportunity to make a portrait that will make you look like you just jumped out of the pages of a comic book. You can check out Lichtenstein’s work at http://www.lichtensteinfoundation.org/. Registration is required.

 

 

 

SCREEN-FREE WEEK (FORMERLY TV TURN-OFF WEEK) – APRIL 30 TO MAY 6, 2018 – 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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DIPPED MARBLED MUG PLANTERS – Thursday, May 10, @ 6:00 p.m. Join us as we dip white ceramic mugs in swirls of colorful nail polish. Each design will be unique, based on your color choice and swirl technique. The mug can be half-dipped so you can use it as a traditional mug to sip from, or fully dipped to use as a planter for some happy Spring flowers (provided). This magical mug makes a great Mother’s Day present, anytime gift, or treat for yourself. There is a $3.00 material fee at the door for the mug and plant. Please call the library to register, as space is limited.

 

THURSDAY KNITTING AND CROCHET GROUP – Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. We will be meeting the second Thursday of each month in the library. This group is a drop in, casual get together where we can work on our projects; help each other along, and share inspiration and our love of needlework. All levels are welcome.

 

ADULT BOARD/CARD GAME NIGHT – Thursday, May 17, @ 6:30 p.m. Join us for board/card game night! Push your luck, strategize, roll some dice… We’ll have an assortment of different card and board games to choose from. Hope to see you there!

 

PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING - The Public Budget Hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Smithfield High School. We urge all of our patrons and friends to please attend this meeting and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARIES.

 

THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB – The group will meet on Thursday, May 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the library. We will join the state in reading the 16th Annual Read Across Rhode Island Selection: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Up until May 15th, all Ocean State Library Card Holders can check out this award-winning book on E-zone as either an E-Book or an E-Audiobook without having to place a hold. Please call 231-5150, or stop in, to reserve your spot.

 

DO IT YOURSELF AND SAVE MONEY - Now that the warm weather is here to stay, it would be the perfect time to check out a few do-it-yourself books. You will save money doing your own work and you will get the satisfaction of viewing your own handiwork.

 

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWSPlant Swap, 18th Annual – Saturday, May 5, from 9:00-11:00 a.m., rain or shine. The plant swap is a chance for gardeners and other green-thumb enthusiasts to swap their excess plants and divisions, free of charge, one on one with other plant lovers. Good sized divisions of perennials, well-rooted cuttings of perennials, bulbs, shrubs, ground covers, herbs… etc., are all suitable. The Plant Swap will take place in the parking lot of the East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond Street. This event always involves a very friendly exchange of gardening tips and lore. Other years have seen many interesting contributions from Japanese maples to rhubarb.

The next FOL meeting will be on Saturday, May 12, at 1:00 p.m. Come and join us as we plan for future programs and events to help support our local library. We will begin planning for our next Book Sale and also discussing ways to help out with the Summer Reading Program. We sure could use a few more active members - it's not a great time commitment and it's certainly a worthwhile cause. For more information, please call Charlotte Taylor at 233-6720, or, e-mail ccwtaylor@gmail.com.

 

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Our next Book Sale will be held the first weekend in May. Thursday, May 3, there will be a Friends of the Library (FOL) member’s preview from 6:00-9:00 p.m. In advance of the Book Sale, new members may join the FOL for $5 at the circulation desk or they could pay at the member’s preview session on Thursday. The following days  the Book Sale will be open to all (Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Monday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) There will be a Bake Sale as well on Friday and Saturday and on Saturday, there will be a Plant Swap from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (bring one, take one). Thank you in advance for your generosity and concern.

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, 2018) 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 28, 2018 for Memorial Day observances.

 

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

 

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MOTHER'S DAY - Sunday, May 13 - 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.

 

RECENT ADDITIONS:

Adult Fiction/Nonfiction

Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction

DVDs

 

 

 

Outpost – W. Michael Gear

Dog Man Unleashed Dav Pilkey

The Zookeeper’s Wife

The One: A Novel – John Marrs

Magic Animal Rescue: Maggie and the Flying Horse – E.D. Baker

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

The Bad Daughter: A Novel – Joy Fielding

Jeff Kinney – Christina Leaf

Hawaii Five-O: The Sixth Season

Raspberry Danish Murder – Joanne Fluke

J.K. Rowling – Chris Bowman

Grey’s Anatomy: Complete Thirteenth Season

A Long Way from Home – Peter Carey

Batman Versus Man-Bat – J.E. Bright

The Blacklist: The Complete Fourth Season

Eat the Apple: A Memoir – Matt Young

Wonder Woman: Warrior for Justice! – Liz Marsham

Sons of Anarchy: Season Two

Hello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 – Lisa Kleypas

DC Super Friends: Batman’s Hero Files – Billy Wrecks

Raven Tales: Raven and the Coyote

This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide Geneen Roth

Lily’s Mountain – Hannah Moderow

NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service): The Sixth (6) Season

The Sandman: A Joona Linna Novel – Lars Kepler

The Eye of the North – Sinead O’Hart

Care Bears: Care-A-Lot’s Birthday

Indecent – Corinne Sullivan

 The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine – Mark Twain

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Crimson Lake – Candice Fox

Graveyard Shakes – Laura Terry

Teen Titans: The Complete Fourth Season

Closer Than You Know: A Novel – Brad Parks

Food Fight! – Stephen McCranie

The Loud House: Welcome to the Loud House – Season 1 Volume 1

The Third Victim – Phillip Margolin

CDs

Bob the Builder: Yes We Can

Speak No Evil: A Novel Uzodinma Iweala

Patsy Cline: 12 Greatest Hits

The Traveler

Let Me Lie – Clare Mackintosh

Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman

Saban’s Power Rangers

The Flight Attendant: A Novel – Chris Bohjalian

Beyonce: Lemonade

Passengers

Sometimes I Lie – Alice Feeney

Rick Ross: Black Market

DC Superhero Girls: Intergalactic Games Original Movie

Harry: Life, Loss, and Love – Katie Nicholl

Charity and the Jamband: Earth

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

Duel to the Death: An Ali Reynolds Novel – J.A. Jance

Chris Brown: Royalty

Two Broke Girls: The Complete Third Season

 

Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams

Strawberry Shortcake: The Berryfest Princess Movie

 

Cooltime Kids: Princess Pop

Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery Original Movie

 

 

Peanuts: Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown

 

 

101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure

 

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