Seekonk Public Library Programs for Children and Families
Minecraft Club-Education Edition
Wednesdays, November 4, 18 and December 2, 9 4-5 PM
Join us as we enter into an adventure with Minecraft Education! We will explore as we create and build fantastic new worlds together in Minecraft Education. We will be following unique lesson plans and learning so much along the way! Minecraft Education Edition varies a bit from the traditional Minecraft platform in that we will be utilizing lesson plans and options that are not available in the traditional Minecraft edition. No Minecraft experience or personal membership required.
Participants need to have their own device (as this program is virtual) as well as a free Zoom account. We ask for a commitment to the 4 session dates. Limited to grades 3, 4, & 5 .
Abe Lincoln & Thanksgiving
Monday, Nov. 9th 5:30-6:30pm
Mr. Abraham Lincoln (Kevin J Wood) shares the story of how our national, annual observance of the Thanksgiving holiday came to be established during his presidency. It is a reminder that despite whatever difficulties we might be experiencing, we can still find reasons to be thankful. Mr. Lincoln will provide us with a 45 minute presentation followed by time for Q & A.
This is a live, virtual program. You will need a free Zoom account in order to participate.
This program is most appropriate for children ages 6 plus (including grown ups!)
Registration is required, space is limited.
Mr. Lincoln is portrayed by Kevin J. Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter who bears a remarkable resemblance to "the Great Emancipator" and who is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times. Mr. Wood has been portraying Mr. Lincoln since 2000. He has made over 1,100 appearances as Honest Abe.
Make Your Own Video Game
Tuesday, November 17, 4 PM
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.
Made By Me Cooking School: Pumpkin Pie
Monday, November 23, 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 November, they will make a pumpkin pie to be served on Thanksgiving. For December, participants will make a recipe and serve it for dinner immediately following class.
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 or both programs but please register for each program separately. Register at www.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. 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 dessert (or dinner) 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.
Thanksgiving Family Storytime
Friday, November 20th, 10 AM
Join Miss Sandie (virtually) for a family Thanksgiving storytime for all ages!
Pre Registration 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.
Turkey Tales Storytime on the Go
Week of Monday November 16th
It's a special Thanksgiving "Storytime on the Go!" Parents of toddlers and preschoolers are invited to register and receive two Thanksgiving library books to borrow, as well as an activity booklet and a themed, early literacy craft to keep. Designed for children ages 2 - 5.
Register in advance and pick up the packet anytime between Monday, November 16 and Saturday, November 21.
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. 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.
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 email@example.com 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
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