100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Rhode Island 02830
Phone 401-710-7800
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Children's Librarians

Lisa Stratton, MLIS
Head Children's Librarian
a.k.a. "Miss Lisa"

Casey Petipas-Haggerty, MLIS
Children's Librarian
a.k.a. "Miss Casey"

If you have any questions about our Children's Department or our programs, please call the Library and speak with Miss Lisa or Miss Casey.
 

Children's Programs Cancellations

All children’s programs will be cancelled if classes in the Burrillville Public Schools are cancelled, even if the library elects to remain open.

  • For information about cancellations, please check our Home Page.

 

 
JMS Library's
Circulating Passes

Visit the Roger Williams Park Zoo
RWPZ

Visit the Providence Children's Museum
PCM

Visit the Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration
MAIE

Visit Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea
MYSTIC

Visit the Biomes Marine Biology Center web site.
BMBC

Visit the Blithewold web site.
BLITHEWOLD

Visit the Old Sturbridge Village web site.
OSV

Visit the Historic New England web site.
HNE

 Children's Department

About Our Children's Department

Our Children's Department encompasses the entire second floor of the library. It is home to thousands of books, magazines, DVDs, and audiobooks, as well as a variety of puzzles and board games. We also have a puppet theater and, of course, computers.

Our Children's Department is a very pleasant place. It has large windows with lovely views of the river, and there are comfy places to sit and read. Be sure to check it out with your kids next time you visit the Library.



Children's Programming

Programs are offered throughout the year. Most are tailored to specific age groups and grade-levels, but many are drop-in programs where all ages are welcome. Parents are expected to attend activities with children in the youngest age groups.

Saturday Morning Playgroup

Our Children's Program room is open for families with young children to gather and play on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Invite your friends, come on over, and maybe meet some new friends as well! A perfect place to meet when it's too cold to go to the playground. No need to register.

Programs for Pre-School-Age Kids

Programs for School-Age Kids and Teens

Programs for Kids

Ongoing Programs for school age kids include clubs, drop-in crafts, as well as other special programs and events:

Programs for Teens

Kids ages 11 to 17 are considered Teens, and they have their own programs, and their own page in the Library Newsletter.

Scheduled Teen programs are listed on the Library Calendar.

Summer Reading Programs

Every summer, there are Summer Reading Programs for children of all ages. Exposure to reading over the summer helps keep kids retain reading levels for returning to school in the fall. Kids who participate in these summer programs have fun and win prizes for reading.

Signups begin in June. The programs run for 6 weeks. Be sure to check them out!

Registration for Storytimes & Programs

Pre-registration ensures that there will be enough materials for each participant. When registration for any program or event is required, signups generally begin three to four weeks prior to the program. Some programs fill up very quickly, so it's a good idea to register early.

Registration may be done in person or by phone (401-710-7800) during regular library hours.

Weather Cancellations

All children's programs will be cancelled if classes in the Burrillville Public Schools are cancelled, even if the library elects to remain open.

Questions

If you have any questions about our children's programs, please call the library and speak with one of our Children's Librarians.



Programs  [ TOP ]

For details of current programs, and for information on upcoming childrens' programs, please check out our Newsletter and our Facebook page.
 
For schedules, either call the Library, or check our online Calendar.

Storytimes      [ TOP ]

Mother Goose Time:
Ages birth - 18 months
Sessions: 30 minutes

This program focuses on rhymes, music, and movement, followed by a time for caregivers and their babies to share books and to socialize in a group setting.

Toddler Time:
Ages 1 to 3 years, with an accompanying adult
Sessions 30 minutes

This fun, interactive program includes stories, songs, movement and laughter, followed by a time for children and their families to play and socialize in the Children's Program Room.

Preschool Storytimes:
Ages 3 to 6 years
Sessions 45 minutes

This fun, interactive, educational, storytime session will include 2 to 3 picture books, read aloud, with some non-fiction book/informaton mixed in. We will also include a song or two, and definitely some laughter, as well as a creative activity, typically involving a take home craft. Parents are encouraged to participate appropriately with their children.



About Our Ongoing Programs

Drop-In Crafts

The Jesse Smith Library Children's Department offers drop-in crafts for different age groups throughout the calendar year. Many of the crafts are related to holidays, or have themes associated with other programming. No registration is necessary for drop-in crafts. Children under age 6 must have a parent or guardian attend the craft with them.

Literacy "Tails"      [ TOP ]

Theo the Springer spaniel

Kids ages 6 to 12 are invited to read to a certified pet therapy dog for fifteen minute sessions in the Children's Program Room. Therapy dogs are trained for just such activities, as they are friendly, trained to listen, and enjoy being around people.

Kids can bring their own book to read, or they can choose one of the library's.

Reading to the dogs has been shown to improve student's reading abilities by giving them a non-judgemental audience to practice reading aloud on. It's great for reluctant readers, or for kids who just love dogs.

Please Note: Readers must register in advance.

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Lego Club

This is a drop-in program for ages 12 and under. No registration is necessary. Children under age 6 must have a parent or guardian attend with them. Kids can display their creations in the Children's Department.

Lego Club meets every Tuesday evening from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and every Saturday afternoon from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

During Summer Hours, Saturday's Lego Club will run from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Knitting Club

This is a drop-in program for ages 10 and up, and adults are welcome to attend, too. No registration is necessary.

All skill levels are welcome, and knitting guru Sue Dinola is available to help. Needles and yarn can be provided to participants, if needed.

Science Club

For ages 5 and older. This club meets to do interesting science activities and experiments. Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Registration required.

Pokemon Club

Use cards or video game systems to battle and trade with each other, or just hang out and talk about your favorite Pokemon! Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Book & Reading Groups      [ TOP ]

Elementary Book/Writing Club

For grades 3 - 5. Drop in for book discussion, snacks, and creative writing. No registration required. Meets on the 1st Thursday of each month.

We do some talking about the book we read, we do some writing, and some eating, and it's a lot of fun! You can pick up a copy the month's book selection at the Circ Desk downstairs prior to the meeting.

Magic Tree House Book Club

For grades k - 3. Join the adventure and discover how exciting reading can be.

Learn about dinosaurs, knights & castles, mummies & pyramids, and pirates. Weekly challenges involve reading and introductory ressearch skills, a read-aloud portion along with discussion, activities, and FUN!

These 4-week programs meet once a week for 45-60 minutes. Registration is required and limited to 12 participants.



Computer and Internet Use
by Children at the JMSL

The computers in the JMS Children's Department are available to children 13 years of age and younger, regardless of whether or not they have a library card. Library staff does NOT monitor each child's individual use.

The Children's Department of the JMS Library reminds parents that it is the parents who are ultimately responsible for deciding if and how their children will use the Internet in the public library. Computer use is considered the same as reading a book or magazine or using the Reference collection. As such, parents can NOT ask the library to block their children from using the computers when they are not present.

Though there is filtering on the computers, it is by no means perfect. Parents concerned about their children's internet use should be present when their child is using the library computers. Again, library staff does not monitor each child's individual use.

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Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading 2017: Build A Better World

Build a Better World. Signup begins Saturday, June 17. There's lots going on— reading, raffles, prizes, and special events— so don't miss out. Sign up today!

Program runs for 8 weeks, from June 26 to August 19.

Program Schedules

Schedules for all current and upcoming children's programs will be found

on Facebook @ JesseSmithKids

in the Library's new Calendar

in the Library's Newsletter

on the Library's Facebook page


Children and Computers
and Internet Use
at the Library

The computers in the JMS Children's Department are available to children 13 years of age and younger, regardless of whether or not they have a library card. Library staff does NOT monitor any child's individual use.

The Children's Department of the JMS Library reminds parents that it is the parents who are ultimately responsible for deciding if and how their children will use the Internet in the public library. Computer use is considered the same as reading a book or magazine or using the Reference collection. As such, parents can NOT ask the library to block their children from using the computers when they are not present.

Though there is filtering on the computers, it is by no means perfect. Parents concerned about their children's internet use should be present when their child is using the library computers. Again, library staff does not monitor each child's individual use.