January 17, 2021

Seekonk Public Library Programs for Children and Families


Storytime on the Go
Week of Tuesday, October 6 and 20
It's "Storytime on the Go" for October! Parents and caregivers of toddlers and preschoolers are invited to register for two "Storytime on the Go" packets this month. The themed packets include books to check out and learning activities to keep. Preregister then pick up a packet at Seekonk Library anytime between October 6-10 for week one and between Tuesday, October 20-24 for week 2. Each program requires separate registration. It’s Storytime, just “on the go!”

StoryWalk: Fall Mixed Up
Saturday, October 17, 8:45 AM – 3:45 PM
Back by popular demand...StoryWalk*!
Let’s get outside! Join us for a special, one-day StoryWalk* in Seekonk Meadows featuring the children's storybook "Fall Mixed Up" by Bob Raczka. The book is a mixed-up, topsy-turvy autumn tale that will bring out the sillies in children and adults. A great fall activity for the entire family.
Families register in advance to select a time slot then arrive in Seekonk Meadows at that time to start on a self-guided walk through the pages of the fall-themed story.
For public health and safety, masks and social distancing are required for all participants. Advance registration is required. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate drop-ins.
A special non-screen, outdoor, family event for all ages. Weather dependent.
“The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.”

Free Halloween Comic Books
Starting October 1
In celebration of Halloween Free Comic Book Day, stop by Seekonk Library starting October 1 and select a new, free Halloween themed comic book to take home and keep. Available as supplies last.

Halloween Cartooning for Kids
Monday, October 19, 4 PM
Participants will learn how to draw and create monsters (and more) during this virtual, interactive workshop. Join nationally syndicated and award winning cartoonist/illustrator Rick Stromoski for this special Halloween edition of his popular cartooning class for kids! Join us (virtually via Zoom) to learn how to create monsters...and more!
This one hour virtual cartooning workshop is appropriate for elementary aged students. Students should have a stack of paper with them and something to draw with (not provided).
Registration is required at seekonkpl.org’s calendar of events. Registration will close at 3pm on 10/19, one hour before the event. A free Zoom account is necessary to participate.

Made By Me Cooking School: Homemade Marinara
Wednesday, October 28, 5 - 6 PM
Let's cook! In these live Zoom classes, children ages 7+ (with an accompanying adult) will learn how to cook and prepare a delicious meal or dessert for their family.
For October and December, participants will make a recipe and serve it for dinner immediately following class. For November, they will make a pumpkin pie to be served on Thanksgiving.
Taught by Heather Dupee, owner of Made By Me Cooking School, each class is 1 - 1.5 hours long. Subjects covered include kitchen safety, knife skills, and cooking methods such as saute, broil, and/or bake. The programs also include time for questions and answers.
Participants may register for one, two or all three programs but please register for each program separately. Register at seekonkpl.org’s calendar of events and receive a Zoom invitation to the class which will be emailed one hour before the start time. Class size limited to 15 families. Wednesday, October 28, Homemade Marinara. Monday, November 23, Pumpkin Pie. Wednesday, December 16, Chicken Pot Pie.
Join us for this new, family oriented series of programs.
How wonderful it will be for kids to cook dinner (or dessert) for the family!
Register and then a Zoom invite link will be sent out to registrants one hour before the event, to the email address provided upon registration.

Halloween Storytime
Saturday, October 31, 10 AM
Join Miss Sandie (virtually) for a silly, spooky, Halloween storytime! Hmmm, did we say Miss Sandie? Because we MEANT Wonder Woman!
We invite you wear your Halloween best for this Family Zoom storytime event!
Preregistration is required. One hour before the event you will receive a program invite and password to log in. The program will be held virtually and a Zoom account is necessary.

National Library Card Sign Ups
On going
National Library Card Sign-Up Month continues!
To encourage reading throughout the year, Seekonk Library is making it easy for every Seekonk student to get their own SAILS Library Card. (And all adults are invited to get a SAILS library card, too!)

The benefits of having a SAILS library card for children are many including curriculum support for the current school year, borrowing books for school assignments and for leisure reading, borrowing ebooks, movies, music, magazines, digital cameras and even ukuleles, all for free. A library card also allows access to online services like Tumblebooks, a collection of online, animated talking books and videos for children
and the ability to sign up for children's programming including virtual events such Make Your Own Video Game and Made By Me Cooking School: Homemade Marinara
A Library card also provides access to more than 60 additional libraries in the SAILS network and even more libraries state-wide. A library card is free to get, free to use.
If your child doesn’t already have a Seekonk Public Library card, simply come into the library with proof of MA residency and complete the SAILS library card application form. The form is also available at seekonkpl.org. Anyone receiving a card this month will receive free book bag, lanyard and special (large!) sticker.
Seekonk Public Library is a great community resource and is available to one and all. We hope you take advantage of this terrific opportunity to get a library card for your child (or for yourself!)

Make Your Own Video Game
Tuesday, NOVEMBER 17
Have you ever wondered how the designers of your favorite games work their magic? Come "crack the code" of games in the Rhode Island Computer Museum's "Make Your Own Video Game" workshop.
This is a great chance to put down your controllers, dive into learning and create your very own video game sample. Participants will use Scratch, a user-friendly program developed by MIT to teach software coding. Note: Scratch will work on a PC or Mac but not on a tablet.
Presented by Dan Berman from the RI Computer Museum, the workshop also features an exhibit on 'Historic Video Games' that explains the impact of Early Video Games and describes how designers made games. Participants will walk away with the skills they need to develop a game and a deeper understanding of the history of technology. Game ON!
Participants must be ages 9 and above.
A free Zoom account is necessary to participate. Register and then a Zoom invite link will be sent out to registrants one hour before the event, to the email address provided upon registration.

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 

Kindness Rocks
Kindness continues to rock in October at Seekonk Library. Children and families may stop by the Library throughout October 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. The latest supply of rocks will have a base coat in colors reminiscent of the fall season. Seekonk Library will supply the rocks but paints or permanent markers are not provided. This program is open to everyone, even those who have previously received rocks from the Library. Great intergenerational and family activity. Registration is not required, simply stop into the library to pick up one or more packages of rocks. Curbside pick up may also be arranged. The need for kindness is great and communities across the world are making a difference! Just stop by to pick up your rocks.

School is Starting, Seekonk Library Can Help
Whether you’ve selected the Virtual Learning Academy, hybrid model or the homeschooling option for educating your children, know that Seekonk Library is here to help. We have programs and services that will support your family through this upcoming school year. To support your child’s education we offer curriculum support, enrichment programs, and online educational services such as Britannica Library. Whether your child is a beginner, reluctant or advanced reader, we have books, eBooks and audiobooks for every child. If your student needs information for school related projects or titles for leisure reading, we offer a variety of resources to assist. Our Adult and Youth Services librarians are available to answer your questions and find the resources you need for teaching and learning, now and throughout the school year. Contact the Adult Services Department at (508) 336-8230 library@seekonkpl.org or the Youth Services Department at x56140 childrens@seekonkpl.org. Let us know how we can help your family.

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. Come into the library to browse the collection and select a box that’s just right for your family. 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 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.


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