June 13, 2021

Tails & Tales Summer Reading Challenge with Seekonk Library

June 21 - August 21

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It's summer and Seekonk Library's Summer Reading Challenge is on! Starting June 1, preregister your child for Tails & Tales, this year’s summer reading challenge. Then starting June 21, 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, or audio books. 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 30+ raffle prizes. Kids are also encouraged to read to help reach the community challenge of 250,000 minutes before August 21. 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, 7day 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 principals, teachers, and educators to help combat summer learning loss.

What Parents Can Do Parents help maintain reading proficiency over the summer by signing their children up for the program starting June 1, encouraging their child to read, and by having them log their reading time regularly starting June 21. When parents sign children up, 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. Starting June 1, preregister with your SAILS Library card at www.seekonkpl.org/kids.  Don’t have a SAILS card? Contact us at childrens@seekonkpl.org  or call (508) 336-8230
Sign up, read, log time. Combat summer learning loss with Seekonk Library’s summer reading program for children!

Tails & Tales is sponsored by Seekonk Public Library, CSLP, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Get Flamingoed!
They’re back! Sign your child up for the “Tails & Tales” summer reading challenge and after logging 7 hours of time spent reading, your child will earn their very own lawn flamingo. Then the creativity begins! Each child will be asked to decorate their flamingo to look like an animal with a tail- think about zoo animals, jungle animals, even the family pet. 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 21 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 

Events for Summer Reading Kick Off Week
June 18 - 26
Roger Williams Park Zoo Virtual Storytime
Friday, June 18, 2PM
Best suited for ages 0-5 but all are welcome! Join our friends from the Roger Williams Park Zoo for a live virtual storytime featuring a meet and greet with an animal ambassador! This program will be held live via Zoom. Registration required. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start of the event. Register at www.seekonkpl.org 

Roger Williams Park Zoo Virtual Zoo Mobile Visit
Monday, June 21, 6:30PM
Join our friends from the Roger Williams Park Zoo for a virtual Zoomobile Visit! They will bring the zoo to us with this amazing learning opportunity. This program includes interaction with a Zoo Educator and at least three live "animal interviews"! This program will be held live via Zoom. Registration required. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start of the event. This program is suited to families of all ages!

Seed Balls Are For the Birds!
Tuesday, June 22 at 10 AM
"Seeds may just be one of nature’s coolest wonders. Humans, birds, and a whole host of other wildlife rely on these nutrient-packed incubators for food." In this (messy!) hands-on nature activity, children will make "seed balls''- balls of clay and seeds that are left out in nature to sprout. As weather breaks down the seed ball, the compost and clay allow the seed to root and take hold. Kids will also learn about the history of seed balls and their importance to birds. Each family will make 12 seed balls and they'll be encouraged to leave one in Seekonk Meadows. The library will provide clay, soil, native seeds and a handwashing station. Families bring a mixing bowl and sturdy spoon (not plastic), Towel to sit on (towel will get dirty). Please bring a flat container to transport the balls home such as a tray or an egg carton. Play clothes highly recommended because kids will get dirty molding the soil and clay. Hat, sunblock and water bottle suggested. Aprons are optional. The event will take place in full sun in Seekonk Meadows. Led by Julia Sweet, local business owner and author of "365 Activities for Fitness, Food, and Fun for the Whole Family". An all ages event. In case of rain, the event will be postponed to a later date. Spread the power of native plants far and wide while helping the birds, too! Registration required.

Discover Animal Tracks & Signs
Wednesday, June 23 at 10 AM
Have you ever been curious about the critters that leave "footprints" in yards and fields? In this program learn how to identify different types of animals' signs such as antlers, feathers, nests, foot prints. By understanding the different signs animals leave behind, you'll begin to appreciate the amazing habitats and ecosystems around your home and within Seekonk. The program will start with a presentation and include a hike in Seekonk Meadows. Registration required at www.seekonkpl.org.  Led by Jeremy Mombourquette, teacher/naturalist from Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro, MA. An all ages event. In case of rain, the event will be postponed to a later date. Oak Knoll limits the program to 24 people including adults.

Helping Hands Herbal Remedies at Osamequin Farm
Thursday, June 24 at 10 AM
The plants that we grow in our gardens hold so much power! Join Farmers Sarah or Emily for a tour of a magical space at Osamequin Farm full of medicinal herbs and sensory explorations.

Children entering grades 4 & 5 will learn about the herbs and flowers that bloom in June, take a tour of the garden, and work together to harvest fresh herbs and use them to create a special healing salve to bring home. Sarah Turkus is the Farm Director at Osamequin Farm (pronounced Oh-suh-MEE-kwin). The farm uses all organic practices to raise flowers, blueberries, veggies, herbs, chickens, sheep, pigs, and more! Limited to children entering grades 4 & 5. This program will be held at Osamequin Farm, 80 Walnut Street, Seekonk, MA. Reminder that if COVID Guidelines are still in place masks and social distancing will be required. In case of rain, the event will be postponed to a later date. A second class will be added if there is a waitlist.

Summer Storytime
Friday, June 25 at 10 AM June 25
Join Miss Sharon or Miss Sandie for a weekly Friday storytime held outdoors in Seekonk Meadows.
Weather dependent. No registration required, just drop by...and bring something to sit on.

Landscape Painting in the Meadows
Saturday, June 26, 10AM-12PM
For children entering grades 3-5. Join RISD Instructor Steve Hayes for a beginner acrylic painting workshop for children entering grades 3-5. No experience required, but registration is! We'll be utilizing the gorgeous Seekonk Meadows as inspiration for our acrylic landscapes. All materials provided. Please bring something to sit on, a towel or camp chair would be perfect! Weather permitting. Register at www.sekonkpl.org
 
More Summer Events

How To Build a Website
Monday - Friday, June 28 - July 2
9 AM - 11 AM
Kids entering grades 5 & 6 are invited to register for How to Build a Website Boot Camp! Camp will be held live via Zoom Monday - Friday, June 28 - July 2 for everyone to learn the wonderful language of the internet, HTML! Learn the building blocks of HTML to create your own 1 - 3 page personal website on a topic that interests you. This week-long, 2 hour per day summer "boot camp" will provide students with the tools needed so they may design, build, and style a simple website as well as introduce you to how the internet works from the perspective of a computer. Camp is designed for students just finishing grades 4 and 5. Please note: the websites created in this class will not be hosted online, although the finished files will be viewable through your internet browser at home. Facilitated by Katie Truchon, Information Technology/Video Game Design Instructor, New England Institute of Technology. Space is limited and a minimum of students is needed for the camp to be held.

Kids Make & Learn
Tuesdays, July 6, 13 or 20 at 10 AM
Register separately for 1 or all 3 programs July 6, Papier Mache Powder Horns. July 13, The Printer’s Apprentice: Print-Making. July 20, A Stitch in Time Embroidery. Details and registration information at www.seekonkpl.org

Summer Storytimes
Friday mornings at 10 AM June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Join Miss Sharon or Miss Sandie for a weekly Friday storytime held outdoors in Seekonk Meadows.
Weather dependent. No registration required, just drop by...and bring something to sit on.

Summer Book Club
Tuesdays, July 13, 20 & 27 at 6 PM
Details at www.seekonkpl.org.  Live virtual via Zoom

Introduction to Photography for Kids
Wednesday, July 14, 10AM-11:30AM
Cameras have been capturing images for over 100 years, beginning with paper and film and advancing to digital processors. In this class, students will learn the three ways cameras read light to create images. Using the light and beauty of the Seekonk Meadows, students entering grades 3-5 will create their own individual images while learning the basic functions of the camera, composition, color, and available light. Basic digital cameras are available for check out through the library, or students can bring their own camera. We are hosting our annual photography contest this summer, and submissions are due by the end of August. There is a kid's category and we encourage the participants of this program to submit their work into our (optional) photo contest! This photography program will be held in person, outdoors in Seekonk Meadows. Registration required. Weather permitting.

Yoga for Kids in the Meadows
Wednesday, July 21, 10AM
Grades 2-5
Join Ms Sandie in the Seekonk Meadows for a fun yoga class! We'll be focusing on animal poses in celebration of our Summer Reading Challenge theme "Tales and Tails".No experience required. If you have a yoga mat please bring it along with your water bottle. The library has limited yoga mats available for use, on a first come first served basis. Don't worry! The grass makes a great mat too! Registration is required, and this event is weather permitting.

Blueberries For Sal at Osamequiun Farm
Tuesday, July 27 at 10 AM
Join us for a special storytime at Osamequin Farm. First, Farmer Sarah will read "Blueberries for Sal." Then we'll spend some time actually picking blueberries! So bring something to sit on and we'll meet at the Farm! Best suited for ages 3+ but families with children of all ages are welcome to attend. Remember to bring your library card so you can check out a book or two from a special outdoor display. The program will be held at Osamequin Farm, 80 Walnut St, Seekonk, MA. A "weather dependent" event. Registration required.

Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, Aug 14, 10 AM - 4 PM
Stop in for your free comic book. Assorted titles. While supplies last.

Kindergarten Here I Come!
Thursday August 19, 10 AM - 11 AM
Details at seekonkpl.org. Registration required.

Watermelon Storytime
Thursday, August 26 at 10 AM
Join us for a special storytime at Osamequin Farm. First, Farmer Sarah will read a watermelon
story (or two!) Then we'll walk over to the watermelon patch to see how watermelons grow and try a great way of finding out if they're ripe! Best suited for ages 3+ but families with children of all ages are welcome to attend. Registration required. Remember to bring your library card so you can check out a book or two from a special outdoor display. The program will be held at Osamequin Farm, 80 Walnut St, Seekonk, MA. A "weather dependent" event.

Seekonk Public Library Services for Children and Families
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 books, magazines, graphic novels and eBook titles to choose from. Browse our catalog at www.seekonkpl.org  and also our collections of ebooks, videos and audiobooks available through OverDrive, Hoopla and Tumblebooks. Links at www.seekonkpl.org.  You will need your SAILS library card to place items on hold or check items out. Don’t have a card? Email us at childrens@seekonkpl.org 

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
Also, to search our main catalog of titles (not ebooks) visit www.seekonkpl.org.  Remember that Seekonk Library has resources that support summer leisure reading. Need assistance? Stop in or email the Youth Services Librarians at childrens@seekonkpl.org  or call (508) 336-8230 x56140



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