Seekonk Public Library Programs for Children and Families
Pet Blankets for Seekonk Animal Shelter
On going through March
Extended into March! Families (even those who have already made a blanket!) may register to take part in Seekonk Library's No-Sew Pet Blanket Project for pets adopted out through the Seekonk Animal Shelter. Register through the calendar of events at www.seekonkpl.org and to reserve a free, no-sew, easy to make blanket kit*. Families will make the blanket at home and drop it back off in the children’s room at the library by March 27 The Library will deliver the blankets all together to Seekonk Animal Shelter and they will be given to families who adopt a cat or dog into their "forever home". Join us for this great, all-ages, family project that supports OUR community’s animal shelter. *Kit includes fabric and instructions. Supplies limited. Registration required at www.seekonkpl.org events calendar.
Building Bridges with Story
Saturdays, March 6 – April 24, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Calling kids ages 9+ to learn the art of storytelling. You may not know it, but YOU have a family story just waiting to be told! In this multi-week program you'll discover a family story to tell, gain the skills to tell your story, and have the opportunity to perform it for your family and the community. To discover the story that you want to tell, you'll talk with a family member of your choice and ask them about their childhood or perhaps about anytime before you were born. For example, you might ask them what they were like when they were a child or teenager. You could ask how they got a scar that you've always noticed. Or whether or not they've ever been in trouble (little or big). You never know what answer will yield a story just waiting to be told! The 6 week program will feature games, activities, and performance tips to help build skills that will bring your family story to life. Throughout the workshop you will be guided by two local, award-winning storytellers, Andrea Lovett and Karen Chace. Join us for this interactive, online, 6 week storytelling program with a grand finale performance on week 7 to delight families and community. Please note that parent(s) or guardians will join in on the March 6th meeting only. By learning about a relative's childhood or upbringing, we'll be "building a bridge" between generations with the art of storytelling. Register at sekonkpl.org calendar of events. If the program is full with a wait list it will go to lottery registration.
Kids Collect & Create with Stamps
On-going through March
Stamps are a great hands-on way for kids of all ages to explore and learn. Discover cartoons, history, cars, planes, dinosaurs, royalty, plants, animals, space and more, all through stamps! Register to reserve your child’s free introductory stamp kit that includes a stamp collecting album with soccer cover, a set of soccer stamps, hundreds (yes hundreds!) of assorted, cancelled stamps to explore/sort, tweezers, ideas for creating with stamps, and a brochure from the RI Philatelic Society explaining local stamp collecting. Kids are invited to explore the hundreds the stamps in the packet to start a collection or to use in crafting projects or to create art. Organize them, color-code them, craft with them...when it comes to stamp, the sky’s the limit
This is a self-guided activity with no virtual meeting. Your child will explore the wonderful world of stamps on their own time, at their own pace. Kits provided by the Rhode Island Philatelic Society and available throughout the month of March as supplies last.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid BINGO
Tuesday, March 16, 6:30 PM
Elementary aged students are invited to join us for BINGO featuring characters from Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Register in advance then pick up your Bingo card and bonus Wimpy Kid activity packet starting March 5. The live Bingo session will be held virtually via Zoom on March 16 at 6:30 pm. Participants will play for prizes that will be available for pick-up after the event. Registration is required and closes the day before the event. The Zoom invite link will be sent to registrants approximately 1 hour before the event. Join us for a great evening of Wimpy Kid BINGO!
register at www.seekonkpl.org calendar of events.
Tuesday, March 23, 6:30 PM
What's a flashlight reader? It's simple! A child who reads by flashlight! Emergent readers in grades 1 - 2 are invited to this special, virtual event just for them. Register your child to receive a sealed bag of books that they'll open during the program on Tuesday, March 23 at 6:30 pm. The books will be at your child's approximate reading level and a personal size flashlight for reading in the dark will also be in the bag. During the program everyone will follow-along with their flashlight as Miss Sharon reads one of the books. We'll sign-off after one book and everyone will be encouraged to continue reading with their flashlight. So, encourage your child to get under the covers, crawl under a table, climb into a homemade tent or simply shut the lights off and become a Flashlight Reader! Please note that the books will be checked out and will need to be returned to the library. However, the flashlight is your child's to keep. Seekonk Library...helping emergent readers discover the joy of reading in unique, engaging ways.
Storytime on the Go
Weeks of March 9, 23
Create a storytime experience at home with Storytime On The Go packets. Each packet will include 6 books and an age appropriate early literacy activity. The early literacy activities will support the five early literacy practices: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.
For March, packets will consist of a variety of books not related to a theme- in other words, a grab bag of books (!) with an accompanying activity.
Storytime On The Go packets are available for toddlers or preschoolers- just choose the packet that's right for your child
Toddler (suggested up to age 3) stories for children who are ready for books with short stories
Preschool (suggested ages 3 - 5) books that include longer stories
Register separately for each week (February 2, 9) and we'll create a Storytime On The Go packet for your child.
Separate registration required for each week. Have questions or need assistance? Contact Miss Sharon & Miss Sandie at email@example.com or call (508) 336-8230 x56140
Babies and Books (virtual via Zoom)
Monday, March 22, 10AM
Join Miss Sharon for a live, winter themed storytime for children ages 2 and under.
There will be a snow story, finger plays, music, dancing, and yes, even bubbles! Everyone is invited to wear white (the color of snow). Older siblings are always welcomed to attend. To receive the Zoom invite, registration required at www.seekonkpl.org calendar of events
Preschool Storytime (virtual via Zoom)
Wednesday, March 24, 1:30PM
Join Miss Sandie for a live, winter themed storytime for children ages 2-5. Younger siblings are always welcomed to attend. To receive the Zoom invite, registration required at www.seekonkpl.org calendar of events
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Seekonk Public Library. This program encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their young children which builds literacy skills and helps lay the foundation for school success.
To participate, parents register for the self-paced program then keep track of the books that are read by using either the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten app or by tracking the books on paper reading logs available through the library. Incentives are earned after each 100 books including special achievement stickers, a tote bag, a lunch bag and even a t-shirt after reading 1,000 books.
Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to learn how to read and succeed. These skills include understanding the sounds letters make, developing rich language, learning vocabulary words and building background knowledge. In addition, sharing books with children helps promote a lifelong love of books and reading.
The program is self-paced and achievable. By reading three books a day, the program can be completed in one year. By reading one book a day, families will reach the goal in three years. The program is educational, free of charge and children ages birth through age 5 may participate. Registration is on-going and requires a SAILS Library card. For more information, call the Youth Services Librarians, Sharon Clarke and Sandie Gauthier at (508) 336-8230 x56140, or visit www.seekonkpl.org/kids
Family Binge Boxes
Get cozy on the couch with Seekonk Library's newest Binge Boxes. Check out a family oriented, binge-worthy box of 6-7 family and children's DVDs based on a variety of themes. Our latest boxes are Disney Classics, Family Classics, Storytime (animated read-alouds), and Preschool Education (Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, PBS etc). All materials are in DVD format and are rated G or PG. Binge Boxes circulate for two weeks at a time.
Whether you’re looking for picture books, beginner readers, chapter books, or nonfiction books for your child, we have thousands of eBook titles to choose from. Available in eBook, audiobook and video formats. Browse our online collections at www.seekonkpl.org and scroll to the bottom of the home page for the links to OverDrive, Hoopla and Tumblebooks. You will need your SAILS library card to check books out. Don’t have a card? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 336-8230 x56140
OverDrive Your child's source for e-Books and audio books for every device. Discover picture books, chapter books, graphic novels and more. Explore Libby, the 'user-friendly' OverDrive app. www.seekonkpl.org. No monthly limit on checkouts.
Hoopla Instantly borrow eBooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music and more for your child, 24/7 with your library card. Monthly limit on checkouts.
TumbleBooks Encourage reading with interactive books and activities. Something for every age child! Featuring picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, National Geographic videos, games, puzzles & more. No app needed, nothing to download, no borrowing, just click and read. Visit seekonkpl.org and scroll to bottom of homepage for link. To search our main catalog of hardcover and paperback books (not eBooks) visit the SAILS online catalog at www.seekonkpl.org
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Personal Book Shoppers for Children’s Books
You’ve heard of personal shoppers for clothes, gifts, and even groceries...but a personal shopper for children’s books? Absolutely! Call the library and we’ll ask you a few questions such as the age of your child, and the types of children’s books you’re looking for (beginner readers, children’s fiction or nonfiction, etc) and we’ll put a stack of books together for you. Want to select your own books? Simply visit www.Seekonkpl.org and search our catalog to place holds online (and for eBooks remember to search Libby and Hoopla through our library website or app.). Whether you want us to pick books for your child, or you want to search and select books to put on hold yourself, we’re here for you! Call the library at 508-336-8230 x56140 or visit us online at www.Seekonkpl.org to discover your next stack of great children’s books.