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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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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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October Children’s Programs

*to register for storytimes, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 401-846-1573*

Funtime Storytime: 

Funtime Storytime is a drop-in 30 minute program for ages 3-5.  These storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, and rhymes.  Storytimes are followed by a playtime! This 4 week session meets on Mondays at 11am on October 15th, 22nd, 29th and November 5th.
Preschool Storytime:
Register your child for age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, and snacks or a simple craft.

Ages 4-5.  Registration is required.  FREE. This 4 week session meets on Tuesdays at 11am on October 16th, 23rd, 30th and November 6th.
Toddler Time:
Toddler Time is a special storytime for 2 & 3 year olds with a parent or caregiver.   Storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes, with a simple craft or snack.  Registration is required.  FREE.  This 4 week session meets on Wednesdays at 11am on October 17th, 24th, 31st and November 7th.
Babytime Playgroup:
Babytime Playgroup is a drop-in playgroup for babies from ages birth-24 months.  Enjoy socializing and playing with specially selected age-appropriate toys and board books.  The library will provide toys, early literacy resources, and parenting materials for you and your child to enjoy in a warm and supportive environment with other parents and caregivers.  Meets on Fridays from 10am – 11am.

Art @ the Library, an Afterschool Art Series

 

Alphabet Art:Wednesday, September 26th at 3:30pm

It’s as easy as ABC. Become an artist by connecting letters with lines and color to create abstract art worthy of any museum.  Ages 5 and up. Must Pre-register.  FREE.  Visit or call the Children’s Department 846-1573 to register.
Starry Night Collage: Tuesday, October 9th at 4pm
Children will create a large scale collage of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” as well as working with oil pastels to create their own sunflower still life to take home.  Ages 5 and up.  Must pre-register.  FREE.  Visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573 to register.
Printmaking: Tuesday, October 23rd at 4pm
We’ll be using a variety of different printmaking techniques such as leaf printing, vegetables, and other objects to create unique works of art.  Ages 5 and up.  Must pre-register.  FREE.  Visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573 to register.

 
a hands-on gardening series for kids!
Saturday, September 29th at 11am: Harvest Corn
Corn’s history and uses will be explored through stories and hands-on experiences.  Includes a craft and a visit to the Community Garden to harvest our corn stalks.   Ages 3 and up.  FREE.  Registration is required.
Saturday, October 6th at 11am: Wild About Pumpkins
 We’re wild about pumpkins, are you?  We’ll be sharing our favorite pumpkin tales and treats, along with a pumpkin craft to take home.  Ages 3 and up.  FREE.  Registration is required.
Saturday, October 13th at 11am: Awesome Apples
 It wouldn’t be autumn without apples!  We’ll have an apple tasting to go with our favorite apple stories and an apple craft to take home.  Ages 3 and up.  FREE.  Registration is required..
To register for these programs, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 401-846-1573

Special Programs for October

Saturday, October 27th from 11am-12:30pm: Drop-In Halloween Craft and Dress Up Party
Come in costume or come as you are for Halloween crafts and treats.  FREE.  No registration required.  All ages welcome.
Saturday, October 27th at 2pm: Scooby Doo and Scooby Snacks
 Enjoy Scooby Doo cartoons on our big screen with some scooby snacks to munch on.  FREE.  No registration required.  Ages 4 and up.
Tuesday, October 30th at Harry Potter and Halloween Costume Party and Movie at 5:00pm
Dress up in your favorite wizarding or witches costume for a party and screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on our big screen.  Food and drink will be provided.  Ages 6 and up.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Rated PG; 152 minutes
You’ve read the book… now see it on the big screen. Based on the J.K. Rowling books that have started a phenomenon, this film adaptation follows the adventures of the book’s young hero – Harry Potter. Harry learns upon his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and has some interesting powers of his own. He leaves a life of disenchantment and despair to an exciting trek to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Losing his parents at a young age, Harry makes a family of the close circle of friends at school. This magical and fantastical group of friends join Harry to unravel the mystery of his parents’ death and confront the forces intent on destroying him.

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September Fall Fun

Movie Matinee for Kids
Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver 13 years of age or older.

Saturday, September 15th at 2pm:  The Adventures of TinTin 

Rated PG; 107 minutes; 2011
Tintin is the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a work of high adventure  against the nefarious Red Rockham.   Based on the series of books The Adventures of Tin Tin by Herge.

September Storytimes

*to register for storytimes, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 401-846-1573*
Funtime Storytime: 

Funtime Storytime is a drop-in 30 minute program for ages 3-5.  These storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, and rhymes.  Storytimes are followed by a playtime! Mondays at 11am on September 10th, 17th, and 24th.
Preschool Storytime:
Register your child for age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, and snacks or a simple craft.
Ages 4-5.  Registration is required.  FREE. Meets on Tuesdays at 11am on September 11th, 18th, and 25th.
Toddler Time:
Toddler Time is a special storytime for 2 & 3 year olds with a parent or caregiver.   Storytimes consist of age-appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes, with a simple craft or snack.  Registration is required.  FREE.  Meets on Wednesdays at 11am on September 12, 19th, and 26th
Babytime Playgroup:
Babytime Playgroup is a drop-in playgroup for babies from ages birth-24 months.  Enjoy socializing and playing with specially selected age-appropriate toys and board books.  The library will provide toys, early literacy resources, and parenting materials for you and your child to enjoy in a warm and supportive environment with other parents and caregivers.  Meets on Fridays from 10am – 11am.

Art @ the Library, an Afterschool Art Series

String and Blow Art Painting : Wednesday, September 12th at 3:30pm

Children will create their own masterpieces in our afterschool art series using a variety of techniques including painting, collage, drawing,and mixed media.Ages 5 and up. Must Pre-register. Visit or call the Children’s Department 846-1573 to register.
Alphabet Art: Wednesday, September 26th at 3:30pm
It’s as easy as ABC. Become an artist by connecting letters with lines and color to create abstract art worthy of any museum.  Ages 5 and up. Must Pre-register.  Visit or call the Children’s Department 846-1573 to register.

 
                 a hands-on gardening series for kids!
Saturday, September 22nd at 11am: Busy Bee’s
Discover the secret life of bee’s through stories and a hands-on demonstration of equipment used by a beekeeper, followed up with a craft and a visit to the Community Garden located in the back of the library.
Ages 3 and up.  FREE.  Registration is required.  To register, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 401-846-1573.
Saturday, September 29th at 11am: Harvest Corn
Corn’s history and uses will be explored through stories and hands-on experiences.  Includes a craft and a visit to the Community Garden to harvest our corn stalks.

Ages 3 and up.  FREE.  Registration is required.  to register, please visit or call the Children’s Department at 401-846-1573.

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