January 21, 2021

Seekonk Public Library Programs for Children and Families


Please note that until further notice, the library is providing curbside pick up and online services only. Although the building is not open for browsing you may contact the library for assistance or with questions at (508) 336-8230 or childrens@seekonkpl.org 

Winter Reading Challenge #WinterReads2021
Ongoing now through - February 28, 2021
Elementary students (grades 1-5) who participate in our virtual Wild Winter Reading Adventure through the Beanstack platform will gain access to fun and engaging activities, a reading challenge, and the chance to earn virtual raffle tickets towards our grand prize!
This Winter Reading Adventure is ingoing through February 28th. Log 20 minutes a day to earn a completion certificate, while earning virtual raffle tickets for every hour you read!
YOU can help the Seekonk Public Library win 50 books courtesy of Simon & Schuster! The 10 libraries with the highest participation in this reading challenge will win 50 books for their collection. It’s time to show them what we’re made of, Seekonk! Register today at www.seekonkpl.org calendar of events

The Lightning Thief Book Club
Mondays, January 4, 11, & 25 6:30-7:30 PM
Join us for a book club and discussion group for grades 3 - 5! We'll be reading and discussing Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book One: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Each registrant will receive a SPECIAL EDITION copy of the book to keep. We will meet virtually via Zoom three times in January, and participants will be expected to complete independent reading of the book in between meetings. We'll wrap up with a virtual stream viewing of the film!
This book club will consist of read alouds by Miss Sandie, book discussions, film viewing, and supplemental activities. Not only do read alouds and book discussions foster a love for reading, research shows they also improve reading comprehension skills, grammar, pronunciation, and language structures. Space is limited. Register at seekonkpl.org calendar of events

Kids Make History: Kids Make Ink, STEAM Toy, Marbled Paper, Butter
Saturdays, January 9, 16, 23 and/or 30 11-12 PM
Children ages 6 - 12 and their families will experience history through hands-on projects designed to bring the past alive. In a series of four separate, virtual events held via Zoom, kids will be making ink, a historic STEAM toy, marbled paper and homemade butter. Register for one or all four! Some supplies will be provided by Seekonk Library and will be available for registrants to pick-up during the week prior to the program. Other simple supplies will need to be provided by families. Register separately for one or all four programs. Zoom invite and link will be sent one hour before the start time of the program. Registration required at www.seekonkpl.org calendar of events
January 9: Make Ink. January 16: Make a Historic STEAM Toy. January 23: Make Marbled paper. January 30: Make Butter
Brought to you by the Friends of Seekonk Library and the Old Colony History Museum in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Mindfulness for Kids
Monday, January 11, 9:30-10:15 AM
Ages 3-6 with parent
The virtual class is designed to practice mindfulness with the children while modeling for the adults how to get children to become more aware and stay in the present moment. Mindfulness can help children increase their attention span, focus and concentration. It can also improve memory, social functioning, self-esteem and relationships with parents while reducing stress for all. The class is designed to experience what mindfulness is while showing caregivers how to use it in their lives in a practical way. In the class there are simple and fun activities to encourage mindfulness and relaxation so that everyone can see it in action. Sheryl White from Baby Kneads in Southbourough, MA, uses a bag of props to engage children in sensory activities to help them practice being more present.
Ms. White is trained in baby development, American Sign Language, baby massage, mindfulness, and Reiki. She began teaching these classes in 1999. She has been highlighted in The Boston Globe, Massage Magazine, MetroWest Daily News and School Library Journal. Her late father-in-law and mentor/trainer was Dr. Burton White, leader in child development and author of the critically acclaimed book on infant and toddler development “The First Three Years of Life” This class will be held virtually via Zoom. Class size is limited and registration is required at www.seekonkpl.org calendar of events

Red Cross Pillowcase Project-Emergency Preparedness
Thursday, January 14, 6:30-7:30 PM
Our local American Red Cross chapter will be presenting The Pillowcase Project to 3rd - 5th grade students, virtually via Zoom.
The project consists of a learn, practice, share framework to discuss preparedness concepts, skills, and information for locally prominent hazards as well as home fire prevention and safety skills. Each child will learn emergency preparedness skills as well as learn helpful coping skills for stressful situations. As part of the project, participants will receive a pillowcase designed to contain a personal emergency supplies kit, as well as a workbook which will help families prepare for emergencies.
Registration required at www.seekonkpl.org calendar of events

Storytime on the Go
Weeks of January 5, 12, 19, 26
Create a storytime experience at home with Storytime On The Go packets. Each packet will include 5-6 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 January, 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 (January 5, 12, 19, 26) and we'll create a Storytime On The Go packet for your child. To arrange for curbside delivery, wait for an email stating that your packet is ready to be picked up then reserve a day and time through our website for pick up. Packets will be available until the end of each week.
Separate registration required for each week.
Have questions or need assistance? Contact Miss Sharon & Miss Sandie at childrens@seekonkpl.org or call (508) 336-8230 x56140

Babies and Books (virtual via Zoom)
Monday, January 25, 2021 10AM
Join Miss Sharon for a live, winter themed storytime for childrens 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, January 27, 2021 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. Call the library to select a box that’s just right for your family and we’ll deliver it curbside to you. Binge Boxes circulate for two weeks at a time.

About eBooks
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 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' 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 www.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 

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.

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. When the books are ready, we can schedule a curbside pickup. 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 or visit us online at www.Seekonkpl.org to discover your next stack of great children’s books.

Take Your Child to the Library Day...virtually
Saturday, February 6
Something for every age! Check seekonkpl.org calendar of events for descriptions of the day’s virtual programs.


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