August 15, 2020

Seekonk Public Library Programs for Children and Families

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Getting Started Homeschooling
Wednesday, August 12 6 PM
This presentation provides information on homeschooling for anyone who is either new to homeschooling or those who are considering it for their children. Topics to be covered will be a history and overview of homeschooling, getting started, methods for teaching, resources for teaching, and homeschooling support. Informational handouts will be available through the library and an opportunity for questions will follow the presentation. The program will be presented by Amy Faeskorn from Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc. (AHEM), a non-profit, charitable educational organization that gathers and disseminates information about homeschooling in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, and events. The presentation will be held via Zoom, an online meeting platform. Advance registration required. You will need to have a computer, tablet or smartphone with Zoom installed. An hour before the presentation starts participants will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.

Storytime on the Go!
Weekly in August
Create a storytime experience at home with ‘Storytime on the Go’ packets for families. Each Storytime on the Go packet includes two books with the week’s theme and an early literacy activity related to the theme. The activities will support the five early literacy practices: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.
Storytime on the Go packets are available for infants, toddlers or preschoolers and include additional items such as a goodnight story, a newly released title, a nonfiction book, a ‘librarian favorite’ pick and a magazine. 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. For more details or to reserve packets for your child, visit seekonkpl.org’s calendar of events, email childrens@seekonkpl.org or call the children’s librarians at (508) 336-8230 x56140.

Take & Make for Kids
Weekly in August, grades 3 - 5
Each week in August we will provide a themed "Take and Make" kit for children entering grades 3 - 5. Each kit includes materials to create a themed project, additional printables to further enhance the learning experience, as well as a library book on the same subject. All materials and printables are yours to keep, only the library books need to be returned. Packs can either be picked up in the library or curbside pick up can be scheduled. Each week's kit will be available for pickup only during the week that the pack is scheduled. Week of August 3: Watercolor pack, Week of August 10: Paleontologist Dino pack, Week of August 17: Meteorologist Extreme Weather pack, August 24: Aviator Glider pack. Quantities limited. Registration is required and linited to children entering grades 3 – 5. To register or to view detailed descriptions of each pack, visit seekonkpl.org, Calendar of Events

Kindergarten Here I Come!
Starting Tuesday, August 18
This program is for children entering Kindergarten in 2020. We know things are a little different this year, and we're here to help provide a bit of insight into what new skills your child may be focusing on in Kindergarten.
Each child will receive a stack of books to borrow that focus on the educational milestones of Kindergarten, as well as some stories about the Kindergarten experience. Each kit will also include printables such as coloring sheets, counting activities, as well as a library copy of "Everything I Need to Know Before I'm 5" by Valorie Fisher for families to borrow.
Register in advance to reserve your child's packet then stop by Seekonk Library starting August 18 to pick it up. Curbside pickup may also be arranged. For more details or to register, visit seekonkpl.org Calendar of Events

Kindness Rocks
Ongoing
Kindness continues to rock in August at Seekonk Library. Children and families may stop by the Library to pick up a package of rocks that can be painted with simple messages of kindness or love. Rocks may then be left in the Kindness Rocks Garden at Seekonk Library, given to someone you know, or placed in a visible location in Seekonk to spread the idea of kindness throughout town. Each rock will have a base color of paint so that messages will be easier to read. Seekonk Library will provide the rocks but paints/paint pens or permanent markers are not provided. This program is open to everyone, even those who have previously received rocks from the Library. Registration is not required, simply stop into the library to pick up one or more packages of rocks (4 to a package). Curbside pick up may also be arranged. The need for kindness is great and communities across the world are making a difference!

Summer Reading Update
The flamingos that children earned as part of the library’s summer reading program started appearing in Seekonk yards on July 15. Families have used their imaginations to decorate their flamingos with an imagination theme in mind. Among other things, the flamingos have been feathered, painted, and given props. They’ve been made into superheroes, athletes and animals. They’ve been placed near mailboxes, in flower pots and in children’s bedrooms. The creativity is simply amazing but there are still many more flamingos waiting to be given out. Be sure to log your child’s reading time and when you reach 7 hours, you may claim your child’s flamingo. Simple! Another summer reading reminder is that the Raffle Prizes will be drawn on August 8 so be sure to get your raffle tickets in before then! Questions? childrens@seekonkpl.org or (508) 336-8230

Nature Explorers!
Ongoing, ages 6 - 9
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 August 1.
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!
Through August
Enter the Alchemy Laboratory of Ed the Wizard and watch Ed amaze with magic tricks and learn the science and secrets behind the tricks and learn how to perform them to amaze your family and friends! In this prerecorded video program, 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 August 1. Sponsored by the Seekonk Cultural Council

Fantastic Frogs and Terrific Toads
Through August
Hey kids and adults! Explore and learn all about fascinating frogs and terrific toads including the adaptations of these amazing animals.
This pre-recorded video program will explore what defines an amphibian, what makes them so special, and what we can do 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. The link to the video is available at seekonkpl.org, calendar of events, August 1. The video may be watched at anytime and will be available until the end of September.

Personal Book Shoppers
Ongoing
You’ve heard of personal shoppers for clothes, gifts and even groceries but a personal shopper for children’s books? Absolutely! Call the children’s room at Seekonk 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. Then when the books are ready, we’ll call you to let you know you can can pick them up (or you can schedule curbside pickup.) If you prefer 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.) Call the library at (508) 336-8230 or visit us online at seekonkpl.org to discover your next stack of great children’s books! And remember, the library is now open to the public so you can stop in and ask the children’s librarians for assistance, too!

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? Contact us at childrens@seekonkpl.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' www.OverDriveapp.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 titles (not eBooks) visit our catalog at seekonkpl.org

Visit 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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