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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. 

PAJAMA STORYTIME – Thursday, April 18 @ 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 6, 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.

April 20, at 10:30 a.m. – ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT. 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. The FOL generously sponsors this “egg-citing” and popular event. Registration is required.

 

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK ACTIVITIES:

PROJECT CHICK FROM CASEY FARM – Monday, April 15, @ 1:30 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 PROGRAM – Thursday, April 18 @ 1:00 p.m. Travel to the Nether with Snapology, but watch out for those creepers! Join us as we bring Minecraft® to life using Lego® bricks. Create your own world that includes animals, creepers, and your very own Minecraft® character. This program is for children ages 6-12. 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 Friday, 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 11, 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 25, 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.

 

HERITAGE BALLET’S “CREATIVE DANCE COMMUNITY SERIES” – The library is excited to announce that it is collaborating with the Heritage Ballet to offer a “Creative Dance Community Series” which started last October. The Creative Dance Community Series is continuing each Wednesday, (except April 3rd), from 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. until June 5th. The program is for children who turned 6 or 7 years old by September 1, 2018. Please call or stop by the library and ask for Ms. Carol for more specific details. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to experience classical ballet training with one of the talented instructors from the Heritage Ballet.

 

KINDERGARTEN COUNTDOWN – Thursday, April 4, @ 6:30 p.m. Children attending kindergarten in the fall of 2019 can join us for this special series of story times. We will be getting ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, and activities. This series of story times began in October and will occur once a month through June 2019. There is still room for your child if you are interested. Please contact Ms. Carol for more information or to register for this program.

 

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LEGOS DISPLAY – The Children’s Room display case is featuring a unique and creative collection of Legos. Skyler Grist, age six, organized and developed this exhibit. Skyler likes Legos because she enjoys engineering and using her artistic ability to construct different creations. After finishing many different amazing works of art using Legos, there is also a sense of accomplishment. Skyler hopes you will enjoy viewing her Lego collection.

 

JELLYBEAN CONTEST! - Do you know how many jellybeans are in the jar? Come to the library and check out these luscious jellybeans. Participants are asked to “guess” how many jellybeans 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. One winner will be called at the end of April to come in to claim their prize. Good luck!

 

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.), 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. To access this wealth of information, go to www.askri.org. For reference help, you can access World Book Encyclopedia. Learning Express provides practice tests and tutorials on a wide variety of subjects. Also, ask Mr. Mike about AskRI which includes new electronic resources such as Points of View, Ask a Librarian a Question, Education and Career Resources, NoveList, DIY Auto Repair, Consumer Health and Medical Information, and Biography Reference Center. Many of these links will provide you with peer review articles that you can use in your assignments and reports. Good luck with your research!

 

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.

 

EXCEL BASICS AND SPREADSHEETS – Monday, April 22, 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 29, 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.

 

SPHERO SPRK THE ROBOT – Tuesday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. Learning is evolving. Get on the Ball. Simple for beginners, yet sophisticated enough for experts. Sphero empowers anyone to program this robot. The visual block-based programming app makes the principles of coding approachable and fun. Sphero goes beyond code by incorporating robotics and technology. 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. We are committed to serving low-income and working poor adults who are at 150% Federal Poverty Level; NO INCOME? NO PROBLEM: Please call for an appointment: (401) 274-6347 ext. 314, Administrative Assistant.

 

LOCAL HISTORY AND HISTORIC CEMETERIES PRESENTATION – Saturday, April 13, @ 1:00 p.m. This presentation, by Ken Barry, is about local history and historic cemeteries as seen through the various forms of human metadata, including tombstones and census forms. The plan is to follow a Smithfield family via such metadata and try to give as comprehensive a picture of their lives as possible.

 

THURSDAY KNITTING AND CROCHET GROUP – Thursday, April 11, 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.

 

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HENNA BODY ART – Thursday, April 18 @ 7:00 p.m. Come to the library and learn about the history and origin of the art of henna from Jamilah of Jamilah Henna Creations. We will discuss what henna is, how it works and where it came from. Each participant will also have the change to get a professionally applied henna design.

 

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LECTURE BY KEN GLOSS ON THE VALUE OF OLD AND RARE BOOKS - Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a free and open talk, Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. Ken will discuss the value of old and rare books.
Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (
www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.
Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the "hunt," as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.
Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.

Yankee Magazine Editor's Choice Award for Best of New England, the Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. 2019 is the 70th year of Gloss family ownership. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. He had worked in the store since childhood and chose to go into the book business rather than pursue a doctorate in chemistry. He became the sole proprietor upon his father's death in 1985. "I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business."
Among the many organizations in which Kenneth Gloss is a member is the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the New England Antiquarian Booksellers of America, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Committee for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair and the Boston Society. He also is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society as well as serving on the Board of Overseers of the USS Constitution Museum.
The Brattle Book Shop is proud to have been a contributor to the WGBH Annual Auction each year that the station has held this fund drive. Ken has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBSAntiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations numerous times. His bylined articles continue to appear in various antique journals and in print and online consumer publications. The Brattle Book Shop is also the recipient of several “Best of Boston” awards in the categories of Best Book Shop or Best Antiquarian Book Shop.  In addition, it has been included in a list as one of North America’s best bookstores.
For further information about this talk and more about book-collecting, appraisals, and future free and
open talks, call the store toll-free at 800-447-9595, or visit their website, www.brattlebookshop.com.  To learn of some of Ken’s more fun and unique finds, listen to Brattlecast, his new podcast: http://www.brattlebookshop.com/brattlecast (also available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/brattlecast/id1295728623?mt=2).

 

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEKAPRIL 7-13 – This year’s theme is Libraries = Strong Communities. 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, audiobooks, 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 9. 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.

 

ART DISPLAY – The main display case is featuring a colorful and creative Art Display. The display was organized and developed by Jessie Giroux and we thank her for loaning it to the library. Jessie has always loved art and crafting. As a wife and mother of two boys, she has been lucky enough to be a homemaker and had the opportunity to expand her love of art. Over the years, she has experimented in painting, paper crafting, and sketching. Jessie has created decorations, cards, and cakes for birthdays, anniversary parties and baby showers. Over the past year, she tried her hand at watercolor painting and found a new hobby. Inspired and encouraged by her husband, Chris, she turned her love of art into a profession. Jessie loves watercolor painting. It is truly her favorite but she has also created art in the acrylic and ink mediums. She has sold commissioned pieces and various products on Society6. Stop by the library and check out this fantastic exhibit.

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R.I. LIBRARY DAY- Saturday, April 13. Amnesty Day for returning overdue materials.

 

AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM – A newly designed 4½ hour (one-day) Driver Safety Course for drivers 50+ will be conducted at the library on Monday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A short break will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and a beverage for the break. Participants will receive the new state driver’s manual at no cost. The cost of the program is $20 for non-AARP members and $15 for members who show their AARP membership card. Cash, checks (payable to AARP), or money orders will be accepted. Call the library (231-5150) to register.

 

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SCREEN-FREE WEEK – APRIL 29 – MAY 5 – 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 25, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the library. Beauty in the Broken Places by Allison Pataki 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.

 

SEED STARTING CLASS – Thursday, April 11, @ 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 outdoor summer planting. You will choose from a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers, or plant a combination of all these seeds. 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. Feel free to bring your own seeds if you have a particular plant you want to grow. Please register, as space is limited.

 

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS:  A “Thank You” goes out to all who donated and purchased books at our March Book Sale. A special mention goes out to the Gallagher Middle School students who helped move and set up the books.

On April 16th, the “Friends” will be at Deerfield Park for Family Fun Day. Between 10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon, Mr. Ray Ward from Bwana Iguana will be at our table with some live reptiles. Free books will also be available to the public that day (while they last)!

The 17th Annual Spring Egg Hunt will take place at the library on April 20. Donations of wrapped, bagged candy would be appreciated and can be left at the circulation desk. “The Friends” will be supplying the prizes for the hunt.

On April 30th, the “Friends” will be sponsoring an Old/Rare Book Appraisal Program. Mr. Ken Gloss, proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop in Boston, MA, will be here @ 6:30 p.m. Mr. Gloss is the past president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, New England Chapter. His shop is one of America’s oldest Antiquarian book shops. Bring a book with you and he will let you know its value.

Keep the Friends of the Library in mind as you are doing your spring cleaning. We are currently accepting donations of costume and fine jewelry for a future fundraiser. If you wish a receipt for your donation, just leave your name and address.

The next meeting of the “Friends” will be held on April 13th @ 1:00 p.m. We can be reached at friends.east.smithfield.library@gmail.com.

 

ADULT BOARD/CARD GAME NIGHT – Thursday, April 18, 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 4, and Thursday, April 11, tax consultants will conduct help sessions from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 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 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK - April 7 thru April 13 - Volunteers take the time to make a difference and the library commends Alexandra Puleo, Sandra Rawcliffe, students from Bryant University, Catherine Lynn, 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.

 

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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The Age of Light: A Novel – Whitney Scharer

Australia – Marty Gitlin

Blacklist: The Complete Second Season

At the Wolf’s Table – Rosella Postorino

Big Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs – Lincoln Peirce

Criminal Minds: The First Season

Bowlaway: A Novel – Elizabeth McCracken

Big Nate: What’s a Little Noogie Between Friends? – Lincoln Peirce

Dark Money

Cutthroats – William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone

Cherry Pie Princess – Vivian French

The Death of Superman

The Dead Ex: A Novel – Jane Corry

Clarissa’s Disappointment – Megan Sullivan

Doc Martin: Series 7

The Eulogist: A Novel – Terry Gamble

Donald Trump: Outspoken Personality and President – Jill Sherman

Dolphins: Spy in the Pod

Forget You Know Me – Jessica Strawser

Everyone Makes Mistakes: Living with My Daddy in Jail – Madison Strempek

Father Brown: Season One

Here and Now and Then – Mike Chen

I Got It! – David Wiesner

Father Ted: The Complete Series 2

The Hiding Place: A Novel – C.J. Tudor

The Night Dad Went to Jail: What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail – Melissa Higgins

Flint

Last Woman Standing – Amy Gentry

One Hundred Spaghetti Strings – Jen Nails

Homeland: The Complete Sixth Season

Late in the Day: A Novel – Tessa Hadley

Our Moms – Q. Futrell

Lark Rise to Candleford: The Complete Season Three

More Than Words – Jill Santopolo

A Terrible Thing Happened – Margaret M. Holmes

The Last Tango in Halifax: Holiday Special

99 Percent Mine – Sally Thorne

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The Miracle Season

No Exit: A Novel – Taylor Adams

Barenaked Ladies: Stunt

Once Upon a Time

The Nowhere Child – Christian White

Charlotte Church: Voice of an Angel

Show Dogs

One Fatal Mistake – Tom Hunt

Daughtry: Cage to Rattle

Star War Rebels: Complete Season One

The Ruin of Kings – Jenn Lyons

Ed Sheeran: Divide

Vera: Set 5

A Spy in Exile: A Thriller – Jonathan De Shalit

Green Day: American Idiot

The Vietnam War: A Film By Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Stalker: A Joona Linna NovelLars Kepler

Kelly Clarkson: Meaning of Life

The Walking Dead: The Complete Eighth Season

The Temp – Michelle Frances

Linkin Park: One More Light

 

The Weight of a Piano – Chris Cander

Nirvana: Nevermind

 

When You Read This: A Novel – Mary Adkins

Peter Gabriel: Shaking the Tree

 

Willa + Hesper – Amy Feltman

Tasha Cobbs Leonard: Heart. Passion. Pursuit.

 

The Woman Inside: A Novel – E.G. Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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. 

PANCAKES AND PAJAMA STORYTIME – Thursday, May 30 @ 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 4, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. - 2019 KIDS READING ACROSS RHODE ISLAND – Save the date! The 2019 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 4, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Free parking is available in state lots. The 2019 Reading Across Rhode Island Book is Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks. Meet Molly Brooks, 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.

May 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – PAINT A POT – Stop by the library to paint your own small pot. You can use this pot to plant some seeds or to give as a gift for Mother’s Day. This is a drop-in program for children ages 5 and older.

May 25, 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 17 – June 29 and the program runs from July  thru August 9. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.”

 

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.

 

HERITAGE BALLET’S “CREATIVE DANCE COMMUNITY SERIES” – The library is excited to announce that it is collaborating with the Heritage Ballet to offer a “Creative Dance Community Series” which started last October. The Creative Dance Community Series is continuing each Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. until June 5th. The program is for children who turned 6 or 7 years old by September 1, 2018. Please call or stop by the library and ask for Ms. Carol for more specific details. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to experience classical ballet training with one of the talented instructors from the Heritage Ballet.

 

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KINDERGARTEN COUNTDOWN – Thursday, May 2, @ 6:30 p.m. Children attending kindergarten in the fall of 2019 can join us for this special series of story times. We will be getting ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, and activities. This series of story times began in October and will occur once a month through June 2019. There is still room for your child if you are interested. Please contact Ms. Carol for more information or to register for this program.

 

BOOKWORMS BOOK GROUP – Thursday, May 9, 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 16, 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 the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week from April 29 - May 5. This year’s slogan is “Every Child a Reader.” 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.

 

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.

 

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.), 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. To access this wealth of information, go to www.askri.org. For reference help, you can access World Book Encyclopedia. Learning Express provides practice tests and tutorials on a wide variety of subjects. Also, ask Mr. Mike about AskRI which includes new electronic resources such as Points of View, Ask a Librarian a Question, Education and Career Resources, NoveList, DIY Auto Repair, Consumer Health and Medical Information, and Biography Reference Center. Many of these links will provide you with peer review articles that you can use in your assignments and reports. Good luck with your research!

 

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 13, 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 20, 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.

 

BUTTONS, BUTTONS, BUTTONS – Tuesday, May 28, @ 5:30 p.m. Drop on in as we use a new tool at the library, a button maker. Each participant will get a few buttons with which they can design their own, unique button(s). You can also bring in pictures from home. You will then learn the process of putting a button together and then try it out yourself. Space is limited. Please call the library to sign up.

 

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SCREEN-FREE WEEK (FORMERLY TV TURN-OFF WEEK) – APRIL 29 TO MAY 5, 2019 – 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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SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS DISPLAY - It started with a shower favor. This inspired Margaret Neubauer to begin collecting salt and pepper shakers as a fun hobby. Salt and pepper are two of the oldest and most popular seasonings in the world. The containers that hold salt and pepper are just as important as the seasonings themselves. Salinopeperophilia is the love of salt and pepper shakers! Margaret’s novelty shakers are seasonal, whimsical and humorous. Her display takes a peek at the history of salt and pepper shakers including museums and clubs dedicated to collecting. Stop by the library and check out this fantastic and unique collection.

 

THURSDAY KNITTING AND CROCHET GROUP – Thursday, May 9, 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 9, @ 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!

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PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING - The Public Budget Hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 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.

 

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DECOUPAGE FLOWER POTS - Please join us on Thursday, May 9th at 6 p.m. for a fun, free clay pot decorating workshop. We will be painting and decoupaging mini clay pots and then planting them with colorful pansies or violas. These bright, happy pots will make great centerpieces or gifts for Mother's Day, or as a decoration for your front steps/patio table. Please call the library to register as space is limited. Thank you.

 

THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB – The group will meet on Thursday, May 23, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the library. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson 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.

 

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 NEWSThe "Friends" will be sponsoring a Plant Swap on Saturday, May 18th, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., rain or shine, in the library parking lot. This popular event was started by the "Friends" 22 years ago. 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 size divisions of perennials, well rooted cuttings of perennials, bulbs, shrubs, herbs and house plants, are all suitable. Free gardening books and plant pots will also be available while they last.    

 

Remember to keep the Friends of the Library in mind as you are doing your spring cleaning. We are currently accepting donations of costume and fine jewelry for a future fundraiser this Fall. If you wish a receipt for your donation, just leave your name and address.   

 

The next meeting of the "Friends" will be held on May 11th @ 1 p.m. We can be reached at friends.east.smithfield.library@gmail.com 

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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, 2019) 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 27, 2019 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 12 - 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:

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Broken Bone China: Tea Shop Mystery #20 – Laura Childs

Bad to the Bones – Jeffrey Brown

Blacklist: The Complete Third Season

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder – Joanne Fluke

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor – Sonia Sotomayor

Criminal Minds: The Tenth Season

The City in the Middle of the Night – Charlie Jane Anders

DIY Pet Shop – Martha Maker

The Defiant Ones

The Curiosities – Susan Gloss

Dog Man: Brawl of the WildDav Pilkey

Father Brown: Season Two

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Homer Price – Robert McCloskey

Father Ted: The Complete Series 3

Devil’s Day – Andrew Michael Hurley

I Like Me! – Nancy Carlson

The Good Place: Season One

Don’t Wake Up: A Novel – Liz Lawler

Little Owl’s SnowDivya Srinivasan

Insecure: The Complete First Season

Everything She Didn’t Say – Jane Kirkpatrick

Noodleheads Find Something FishyTedd Arnold

It Happened in L.A.

Finding Dorothy: A Novel – Elizabeth Letts

Play with Me – Marie Hall Ets

Lark Rise to Candleford: The Complete Season Four

Forgiveness Road – Mandy Mikulencak

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: A Century of Strange! – Geoff Tibballs

Little Women

Gingerbread – Helen Oyeyemi

13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System – David A. Aguilar

Looming Tower: A Limited Series

The Good Lie: A Novel – Tom Rosenstiel

The United States of Sports: An Atlas of Teams, Stats, Stars, and Facts for Every State in America – Bill Syken

The Nile Hilton Incident

The Heavens: A Novel – Sandra Newman

CDs

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Her Father’s Secret – Sara Blaedel

The Beach Boys 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

The Hunting Party: A Novel – Lucy Foley

Dan + Shay

Silicon Valley: The Complete Fifth Season

The Last Woman in the Forest – Diane Les Becquets

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2

Star War Rebels: Complete Season Two

Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli

Lemonade

Super Troopers 2

Open Carry – Marc Cameron

Phil Collins: Serious Hits…Live!

Survival Guide for Pain-Free Living

The River: A Novel – Peter Heller

Taylor Swift: Reputation

That’s Not Me

Say You’re Sorry – Karen Rose

Twisted Sister: Big Hits and Nasty Cuts

Top Gear: The Worst Car in the History of the World

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

The Vamps: Night & Day – Night Edition

Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series

The Stranger DiariesElly Griffiths

 

Uptown Girls

We Must Be Brave – Frances Liardet

 

We Were Soldiers

The Winter Sister – Megan Collins

 

 

 

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