July 9, 2020

Seekonk Public Library Programs for Children and Families


Nature Explorers!
Starts July 7
Children and families are invited to get outdoors, connect with nature, and become inspired caretakers of the environment by registering for Nature Explorers! This program encourages families to discover nature together with outdoor activities that everyone can take part in. Each child receives a nature kit that includes an official Explorer’s Notebook and pencil, suggested activity sheets and tips for parents on how to incorporate nature and learning into even the busiest of days.

In the Explorers’ Notebook children can record interesting things they see when exploring. The notebook has space for describing in writing, or through drawings, what children have discovered outdoors. The kit also includes descriptions of 10 hands-on activities that can jump-start outdoor explorations. Activities include “Animals Among Us”, “More Trees Please”, “Fly It & Spy It”, “Seed Blaster” and “Rain Detective”. Participants may do as few or as many activities as they wish. Supporting materials, online videos and games are provided by pbsKids and the television show Plum Landing. To reserve your child’s Explorer’s Notebook visit seekonkpl.org’s calendar and select July 7.

This program is a collaboration between Seekonk Library and Plum Landing, a PBS KIDS environmental-science project for children ages 6 to 9 and their families. The project is helping the next generation take on a lifelong commitment to staying physically active while learning more about the animal, plants, water and weather in Seekonk. To learn more about the wonderful outdoor spaces in Seekonk visit Seekonk Meadows, Martin Wildlife Refuge, Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Gammino Pond Conservation Area and the easiest place of all, your own backyard. “We’re very excited to see Seekonk Library connect with local kids and families to get them active outdoors while sparking their curiosity about planet Earth and inspiring them to take care of it,” says Marisa Wolsky, Executive Producer of Plum Landing

Ed the Wizard’s Alchemy and Magic Laboratory!
Premieres Wednesday, July 8 10 AM
Enter the Alchemy Laboratory of Ed the Wizard and watch Ed amaze with magic tricks. Then learn the science and secrets behind the tricks and learn how to perform them to amaze your family and friends! Watch Wizard Ed perform vanishes, transfigurations, and other feats of magic with everyday items found at home. Using three of the four Classical Greek Elements, Earth, Wind, Water, (sorry, no Fire), learn how to change the properties of water, look through solid objects, and defy gravity. Watch and learn and then you'll be performing magic in just a few minutes! No registration necessary. Simply access the program’s link at Seekonkpl.org Calendar of Events starting July 8

Virtual Meet-Up with Miss Sharon & Miss Sandie
Tuesday, July 14  6:30 – 7:30 PM
Questions about the summer reading challenge? Need reading suggestions for your child? Wondering what programs are coming up for kids or when the flamingos are landing? No matter what your question is, Miss Sharon and Miss Sandie have the answers (and if they don’t they’ll find the answers!) Register to receive the Zoom invite then drop in anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 for Q’s and A’s. It will be great to see you and yes, bring the kids- we’d love to see them, too and talk about all things summer! Register at seekonkpl.org, calendar of events, July 14

Fantastic Frogs and Terrific Toads
Wednesday, July 22 at 10 AM
Hey kids! Explore and learn all about fascinating frogs and terrific toads including the adaptations of these amazing animals and their importance to the Seekonk community. This program will be offered as a one time-online program and then a pre-recorded session will be available for even more learning. Participants will also receive instructions for a fun activity they can do at home that will help our amphibian friends.

During the live session participants will get the chance to meet some real-life, local amphibians from the Oak Knoll collection and learn about some of the species which call Seekonk home. The pre-recorded session will explore what defines an amphibian, what makes them so special, and what we can do within the Seekonk community to care for these vital species. This program is presented by the Massachusetts Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and is sponsored by the Seekonk Cultural Council.

To receive the Zoom invite for the Live Session registration is required at seekonkpl.org’s calendar of events. The prerecorded session does not require registration and the link will be available through the program’s registration page. Best suited to children 6+

Personal Book Shoppers
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) and we’ll put a stack of books together for you. When the books are ready, we’ll call you back to schedule curbside pickup. Want to select your own books? Simply visit seekonkpl.org and search our catalog to place holds online (and for eBooks remember to search Libby and Hoopla through our website or app.) Whether you want us to pick books for your child or if you want to search and put books on hold yourself, call the library at (508) 336-8230 or visit us online at www.seekonkpl.org  to discover your next stack of great children’s books!

Storytime on the Go!
Create a storytime experience at home with ‘Storytime on the Go’ packets for families. Each Storytime on the Go packet includes 6 books: two themed storybooks, a goodnight story, a new book, a nonfiction book and a “librarian favorite” title. An activity sheet or craft is also included. To receive a ‘Storytime On the Go’ packet of age-appropriate stories for your child, call the library and tell us if you’d like a packet for your infant, toddler or preschooler. Infant packets will have board books, toddler will have shorter stories and preschool packets will include books that are a bit longer for older children. New packets will be available weekly so be sure to call and reserve a ‘Storytime On the Go’ every week! Call (508) 336-8230 x56140 or email childrens@seekonkpl.org to arrange a time for curbside pick up.

Summer Reading Challenge with Seekonk Library
Imagine Your Story ongoing through - August 8
It's summer and Seekonk Library's Summer Reading Challenge continues! Sign your child up for the program then keep track of how much time is spent reading. There are no titles to record, or specific books to read. Simply log how much time is spent reading. Kids can read any combination of books, magazines, graphic novels, Sunday comics, eBooks, audio books or even the back of the cereal box! As we always say, read anything and everything because it all counts toward the challenge.

What’s the challenge? The personal challenge is to read 15 – 20 minutes a day. Children register for the program then log their reading time online to earn virtual badges, take part in interesting activities and earn raffle tickets for a chance to win one of 28 raffle prizes. Kids are also encouraged to read to help reach the community challenge of 200,000 minutes before August 8. Want to simplify? Just log the time spent reading. Either way is fine with us!

Why log reading time? The process of logging time encourages children to actively work toward the goal of 15 – 20 minutes per day. Children who log their time are more engaged in the program and can be more self-motivated to read. Children can log their reading time as often as they wish but they are not required to log their time every day. However, there are added incentives for 3 day, 7 day and 30 day logging streaks.

Why Summer Reading? Summer reading loss often happens when children are not actively reading during the summer months. Studies have shown that children who don’t read over the summer can lose 1-3 months of reading proficiency. Also, 9 in 10 teachers spend at least 3 weeks reteaching skills at the beginning of the school year due to summer reading loss. Know that summer reading programs are endorsed by endorsed by principals, teachers, and educators to help combat summer learning loss.

What Parents Can Do Parents can to help maintain reading proficiency over the summer by signing their children up for the program, encouraging them to read, and by having their children log their reading time regularly. Parents sign children up and the library will engage and motivate them! Remember that the goal of 15 – 20 minutes per day increases fluency and expands children’s vocabulary, comprehension and knowledge.

What Seekonk Library will do
The library will engage kids with great incentives including virtual badges, interesting activities, raffle prizes and even lawn flamingos to keep interest high in reading and to engage children all summer long. Working together we can help combat summer learning loss all while having a great time.

It’s free to participate and registering for the program is easy. Sign up with your SAILS Library card at seekonkpl.org/kids. Don’t have a SAILS card? Contact us at childrens@seekonkpl.org  

Sign up, read, log time. Combat summer learning loss with Seekonk Library’s summer reading program for children!

Imagine Your Story is sponsored by Seekonk Public Library, CSLP, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Get Flamingoed!
How? It's simple! Sign your child up for the “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program. After logging 7 hours of time spent reading, your child will earn their very own lawn flamingo. Then the fun really begins! Each child will be asked to decorate their flamingo using their imagination and supplies around the house. Will they imagine their Flamingo as a different animal like a cat or a tiger? Or will they turn their flamingo into a unicorn or maybe a superhero with a cape? The sky’s the limit because they can decorate to their heart’s content. Once decorated, kids will place their flamingo on their front lawn for everyone to see. The flamingos begin landing on July 15 so get reading and let’s fill the town with flamingos!

If your child reads just 15-20 minutes a day, they’ll earn their flamingo in 4 weeks! Reading more? They’ll earn their flamingo sooner. Questions? childrens@seekonkpl.org 

Seekonk Public Library Services for Children and Families
Seekonk Library has resources that support summer leisure reading. Need assistance? Email the Youth Services Librarians at childrens@seekonkpl.org  or call (508) 336-8230 x56140

Books All Summer Long
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 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? Email us at childrens@seekonkpl.org 

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' www.OverDriveapp.seekonkpl.org   No monthly limit on checkouts.

Instantly borrow eBooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music and more for your child, 24/7 with your library card. Monthly limit on checkouts.

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 titles (non ebooks) visit our catalog at www.seekonkpl.org 

Visit www.seekonkpl.org or call (508) 336-8230 for details about placing any type of materials on hold, about curbside pick up and for updated Seekonk Library news. Follow us on FaceBook and Instagram.


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