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Afterschool Art for Kids with ABC Architecture…and a party!

Tuesday, April 30th at 4pm: Birdhouse Design and Decoration

Start with a simple wooden birdhouse and see what it becomes.  Children will be provided with a wooden birdhouse to decorate, and all birdhouses will be displayed in the librarytreehouse for a month.

Pre-registration is required for limited class size and supplies.  Ages 5 and up.  Please visit or call the library at 401-846-1573 to register.

Following the Afterschool Art program we’ll have a party and short speaking program in the Children’s Department to celebrate the completion of our Alphabet Houses display and the new puppet theater at 5pm.  Refreshments will be served!

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Homework Help a Click Away (part 1)

We have incredible resources here at the library to help with homework, research, and project reports.  And all of them are a click away through our AskRI and EBSCO databases!  The links to both of these resources are located on the left hand column of our website, and with just click on each one you’ll be on your way to getting the homework help you need.  Some of the databases may require your library barcode number to sign in.

But how do they work, you ask?  Well, let us tell you!

In Part 1, let’s take a look at AskRI, because it offers some pretty amazing services.  Most amazingly, you can connect with an online tutor (for FREE!) logo-hhrithrough Homework Help RI.  Certified tutors (with background checks) are available everyday from 2pm -10pm, but their other resources such as their study guides, worksheets, and test prep are available 24/7.

  • World Book Web:  Offers a variety of online encyclopedias for all world book studentages, from World Book Kids to World Book Advanced.  Choose the encyclopedia that’s right for you, type in what your interested in learning or researching, and BAM!  Search results include, magazine and encyclopedia articles, primary sources, maps, ebooks, videos & other media, and lots more to choose from to make your paper or project as informative and dynamic as possible.  There’s even a citation builder in World Book Student and Advanced to help you organize where you pulled all your information from.
  • Learning Express:  To access Learning Express, use your library learning expressbarcode number for your username and create a password to log in.  Once logged in, you can choose from the Learning Centers (elementary through adult) to see which practice tests and study guides are offered for each.  We especially like how College Preparation offers practice exams and study guides for the ACT, PSAT, SAT, AP, CLEP, and much more.  This database also covers job search and workplace skills, US citizenship, and adult skill building.
  • Mango Languages:  Learn a new language or brush up on an old one.  Mango-LanguagesIncludes a handy option of creating a profile to track your progress.

Part 2 will cover how parents and students can use EBSCO Host databases so check back later this week for more research and project guidance!



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Children Explore Art Styles from Jackson Pollock to Aboriginal Dot Painting

prints created during our printmaking workshop

MPL’s Art @ the Library programs started September 12th, 2012.   The first program filled up fast followed by a waiting list and it’s been that way for every program since!  I f we had known we were tapping into something so popular, we would have started earlier!

For the first program, the artwork of Jackson Pollock  was interpreted using string dipped in paint which was then dragged and plopped on a piece of paper.  We also took water color paints and, with a straw, created artwork by blowing through the straw; pushing the paint in different directions.  Everyone was truly inspired when it came to naming their abstract works of art.

Some of our “artists” had the choice to leave their art work to be displayed in our hallway gallery.  Once displayed, it brightens our hallway and has been a great place to check out the creativity of everyone involved.

We followed that first program with “Alphabet Art”, inspired by the artwork of Stuart Davis, an American abstract painter. The children were asked to look at the alphabet in a different way; one of lines, shapes and space. With this new perspective the letters of the alphabet became artwork.

After that first two programs, we adjusted the time to meet the needs of children getting home by the bus; having a 4:00 pm time worked better for everyone rather than 3:30!

Vincent Van Gogh and his master piece “Starry Night”was duplicated by the children but with a twist.  We had downloaded a print out of Starry Night which had been segmented into 24 blocks. Each child received a segment  and with oil pastels colored  in their block. When each block had been finished it was reassembled. It was a master piece of a Master Piece.

Our next program involved print making.  Using Styrofoam plates, the children pressed into the disc a depressed grove with a pen or pencil to make the outline of images.  Artwork ranged from simple flowers to complicated underwater scenes.  As one child said, “This is cool!”.  The printing making continued using celery, leaves, and other found items.  There was the option to make note cards along with printed pictures.

Aboriginal Dot Painting  dealt with the idea of creating images with a series of dots.  The Aborigines of Australia  have been doing this technique for centuries using sticks as their tools.  Their paintings consist of symbols used to tell a story. The children took the opposite ends of paint brushes to make the dots, filling in a picture of a kangaroo, bird or lizard.  Some children went so far as  to using traditional Aboriginal symbols to tell a story of their own.

We’ve all had a great time and we have two more programs left for 2012. The November 20th program will involve looking at the works of Paul Klee, with the December 11th program having the children construct mobiles  based on the artist Alexander Calder.

We look forwards to 2013 with more programs encouraging young artists!








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