Lincoln School Presents 2017 Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors

Lincoln School Presents 2017 Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it boasts one of the largest and best book festivals in the nation. Thousands of people come to the Book Festival each year to meet acclaimed authors and illustrators from all corners of the country. These authors and illustrators will travel to Providence this October for the opportunity to be featured in The Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors, hosted by Lincoln School in Providence.

Excitement is already building in the local community and beyond as Providence anticipates welcoming this year’s impressive roster of writers, including R.W. and Zoe Alley, Selina Alko, Mira Bartok, Marc Brown, Gaia Cornwall, Charise Mericle Harper, Alan Katz, Kara LaReau, David Macaulay, Ann M. Martin, Barbara McClintock, Sean Qualls, Jon Scieszka, Melissa Sweet, Chris Van Allsburg, Sarah Weeks and Steven Weinberg. Authors give talks throughout the day, sign books, and enjoy spending time with fans old and new. We will also have food trucks, face painting, tattoos and a hunt to find Waldo!

This year’s festival kicks off with the National Premier of the film So B. It (PG-13), written by Festival author Sarah Weeks, followed by a Q & A.

Young readers and their parents have the chance to meet and talk with the authors, have their books personally signed and participate in bookmaking and other crafts. The Festival – to be held on Saturday, October 14th, from 9 am to 5:30 pm at Lincoln School, 301 Butler Avenue, in Providence – celebrates the unique joy that can only be found by opening the pages of a book.

Admission is $5. For a full listing of performances and activities, visit www.lincolnschool.org/bookfestival or call Lincoln School at 401.331.9696, ext. 3135.

  • The Book Festival Kickoff – National Premiere of So B. It
    Friday, October 13, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Admission – $10.00 (advance tickets here)
  • Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors
    Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    Admission – $5.00 (tickets at door)
Doors Open Rhode Island Festival Shares Keys to Providence Treasures

Doors Open Rhode Island Festival Shares Keys to Providence Treasures

Who hasn’t wandered along the streets of Providence and found their attention drawn to a historic building or unexpected detail that a sparks curiosity? What could have been here before? I wonder what lies beyond that hallway? Steeped in rich history and quirky legend, Providence has countless stories to tell; we just need to know where to find them.

On Saturday, September 23, you can do more than peek through windows and wonder. For the very first Doors Open Rhode Island Festival, in partnership with local sites, curious visitors are given free behind-the-scenes access to over 20 fantastic spaces in the city. No tickets or reservations needed. Explore one venue or fill an entire day of adventure, from the recording studios of RI Public Radio to the gilded ceilings of the State House.

Best Bets for Kids

While all locations are open to families, Doors Open RI suggests these sites as ideal for young visitors, with fewer lines anticipated. For up-to-the-minute information about participating locations, follow social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Rhode Island State House (82 Smith Street, 10am – 6pm) – Usually closed on weekends, the State House welcomes kids to explore interesting finds with a scavenger hunt, including the House and Senate chambers and stunning three-story State Library. Still in development to officially unveil later this year, visitors get a first look at Gaspee VR, a fantasy Museum of the Gaspee with virtual objects and artifacts that help tell the story of Rhode Island’s famous attack on a British revenue schooner. The sprawling State House lawn is the perfect spot for a picnic, and parking will be free!

State House Library, photo by Caroline Stevens

  • Ladd Observatory (210 Doyle Avenue, 11am-3pm) – Brown University’s Ladd Observatory, one of the oldest in the country, will offer the chance to check out 19th century cosmos-gazing tools and peer through a solar telescope.

Ladd Observatory, photo by Christian Scully/Design Imaging Studios

  • Stephen Hopkins House (15 Hopkins Street, 10am-9:30pm) – Providence’s oldest surviving house was home to Rhode Island’s own founding father and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house is filled with antiques and family heirlooms and facilitators are well-versed in sharing about its history with families.

Stephen Hopkins House, photo by Francesca Gallo

  • RISD Nature Lab (13 Waterman Street, 10am – 4pm) – A stunning treasure trove of natural curiosities, the Nature Lab opens its doors to the public on this one special day. Kids can see what living and non-living specimens catch their eye and take a closer look through microscopes.

RISD Nature Lab, photo by Matthew Clowney

Learn more about the Family & Development Lab!

Learn more about the Family & Development Lab!

The Family & Development Lab at Providence College—under the direction of Dr. Kelly Warmuth, Assistant Professor of Psychology—is currently recruiting families for a study exploring how family relationships influence child development.


If you choose to participate, you, your spouse or partner, and your child will be asked to visit our lab (151 Sowa Hall on the Providence College campus). Each visit takes about 2–3 hours. You and your spouse or partner will be asked to fill out questionnaires about family relations and participate in a discussion about common disagreements in your relationship. Portions of the visit will be videotaped.

Your child will also be participating! Your child will be given story stems to finish, answer questions about your family, and play games with student researchers. Your child will be given a small toy for participating.

Your family will earn $50 for completing this visit with the potential for another $20 in a year if you agree to fill out some online questionnaires which will allow us to see what has changed for your family. In order to make these visits as easy as possible for your family, we schedule visits 7 days a week, including weeknights and any time on the weekends, and offer complimentary child care during your visit for your other kiddos!

Learn more about us or register your family at famdevlab.com

PVD Fest 2017 for Kidos and Families

PVD Fest 2017 for Kidos and Families

PVD Fest takes over Providence for its third year, infusing our downtown city streets and parks with music, dance, food, art and play. The Fest is a 4 day series of free events around the city spanning June 1 through June 4 with the big bash taking place from noon into night on Saturday, June 3. Check out the full festival schedule online to plan your day, or simply show up and wander the spaces and stages – everything is in walking distance. Printed programs will be available at Kennedy Plaza and additional information booths. Visit the PVD Fest FAQ page for information including parking, detours, and food.

Saturday is jam-packed with amazing performances to be seen and experiences to be had. Here are a few highlights to share with kids, teens and families in mind:

PVDYouth Fest at Roger Williams National Memorial Park
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM, 282 North Main Street

PVDYouth Fest at Roger Williams National Memorial Park is a family-fun block party of music, art, activities, performance, playtime, and food, curated by poet Christopher Johnson. Enjoy stage performances by: the Manton Avenue Project, Puppeteer Marc Kohler, Magnolia Cajun Band, and Runa Culture. Activities include hula-hooping, comic book creations, balloon animal sculptures, poetry and face painting.

Family Activities and Performances at Burnside Park
12:30 PM – 7:00 PM, 2 Kennedy Plaza

A celebration of local arts, culture and play for all ages unfolds at Burnside Park courtesy of The Downtown Parks Conservatory, Providence’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, and FirstWorks. Grab a scavenger hunt and a Burnside Passport and earn stamps at activities throughout the park for prizes. Check out performances with Girls Rock! Rhode Island, Ricky Rainbow Beard, Miss Katie of playSCIENCE RI. Also, storytelling with Raffini, drum circle with Sidy Maiga, and a lion dance parade. Build with the Imagination Playground “big blue blocks”, play with bubbles, and draw with sidewalk chalk.

Scott Lapham Remix Collage Workshop at Burnside Park (Photo by James Lastowski

PVD Fest Parade
4:00 PM, down Washington Street to Kennedy Plaza

Dress crazy and colorful and bring noisemakers to march the streets of Providence or simply cheer on the parade from the sidewalk and take in the music, dance and floats of local artists and organizations.

Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Washington Street between Mathewson and Clemence Street

Maker Faire is a “gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do.” Meet the makers (engineers, artists, scientists, crafters) of 3D Printing PVD, RI Computer Museum, AS220 Labs, and TRACIMOC repurposed comic book art.

AS220 Labs at RI Mini Maker Faire

Performances and Screenings at Grant’s Block
12:00 PM – 10:30 PM, corner of Westminster and Union Streets

Awesome acts take the stage from Classical Gasoline, the Classical High School Band (12:00 PM), the silly songs of Keith Munslow (1:00 PM), hip hop dancers Project 401 (7:00 PM), theater and dance with Trinity Academy of the Performing Arts (8:30 PM – also at 12:00 PM at 63 Snow Street) and a series of short films with Providence Children’s Film Festival (9:00 PM).

Bike Fest RI
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Mathewson Street Stage lot

BMX stunt riders, live entertainment, repair and safety demonstrations, and a bike expo.

Big Nazo take a ride at PVD Fest (photo by John Simonetti)

And More!

There are oodles more art, dance, music and genre-defying happenings for families around the city in the complete schedule.

Meet Mike Malkoff: Building Community of Local Dads

Meet Mike Malkoff: Building Community of Local Dads

Upcoming Meetups (via Meetup.com, join the Boston Dads Group to learn about upcoming get togethers. Send Mike a private message when you join!)

– Weekly meetups, Friday mornings at Providence Public Library’s Cradles to Crayons program
– Wednesday, 1/18 at Renaissance Gymanastics Academy
– Wednesday, January 25th at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

20161024_155718-e1483578349651It is my pleasure to introduce a new friend of Kidoinfo, Mike Malkoff, an educator and Downcity-dwelling, at-home dad to 22-month-old Eliana. Mike relocated to Providence with his family this past summer. Inspired by the myriad local kid-friendly community destinations and drawing from his past involvement in the Chicago Dads Group, Mike sees great potential for a network of Providence-area dads to connect with one another while exploring with their kids. We couldn’t agree more! So we chatted with Mike to learn more about the inception of this idea, and while he was in the hot seat, got to know more about him with questions from our Home Work interview series.

Kidoinfo: Could you tell us a little about yourself and what brought you and your family to Providence?
Mike: I’m originally from New York City, but lived in Nashville and Chicago accompanying my wife through her medical training and then career as a neurologist.  I was an elementary school classroom teacher in all three cities, followed by training new teachers, and then running training events and sessions for cohorts of new teachers.  Now, I am focusing on training my most important student, the almost two-year-old Eliana!  My wife is an attending at Rhode Island Hospital and we live in Westminster Lofts in downtown Providence.  We moved here this past July, practically lived at the beach, and now enjoying all of the indoor and outdoor activities of winter in New England.

Kidoinfo: What do you see as the obstacles to dads building community?
Mike: There’s a few here.  Though there are certainly more at-home dads than there were years ago, there’s still a lot more weekday moms than dads out there.  In a smaller city like Providence, that means even fewer than a city like Chicago or New York.  However, I’ve actually been randomly meeting more at-home dads out at the library, music classes, and Renaissance Gymnastics than I met out in Chicago. It’s a smaller and more close knit community so I see this as a huge advantage towards building a community of involved dads.  The potential is huge!  I also think that many dads don’t even know how advantageous a community can be for dads and our kids.

highres_439111586Kidoinfo: What is your vision for bringing together dads spending time with their kids?
Mike: The Chicago Dads Group was an invaluable part of my start as an at-home dad.  Through first attending then organizing meetups I made lifelong friends who are highly involved dads like me.  We shared large and small victories, turned to each other for advice, or just simply vented when needed.  Our kids got to recognize and play with each other, which is a big plus for kids who don’t have a regular daycare or preschool community.  We explored new parts of the city together and our wives became friends.  Each week we had events that had 6 or more dads and kids attending, in addition to dads’ nights out and big family picnics with over 60 families.  We even had sponsors for events with cool giveaways like free movies, car seats and baby carriers.  I hope to work with other dads nearby to build the same here…for me and for other new dads to have the same experiences I have.

Kidoinfo: How can dads get involved in the group and who is it for?
Mike: It’s for all involved dads with kids of all ages, whether full-time at home with kids, part-time, work-from-home, or work outside of the home.  We plan weekday and weekend events.  We plan one-off events like nature hikes and meetups at play centers and weekly events like social hours and library hours.  Dads can attend events, propose events, and plan events.  We are part of the national City Dads Group, Boston Dads Group chapter.  The platform is Meetup.com.  You can go on the website and join the Boston Dads Group there.  You’ll then start getting invitations for events from Boston to Providence and in between.  For example, there is a weekly meetup listing Friday morning at Providence Public Library’s Cradles to Crayons program, and Wednesday, 1/18 at Renaissance Gymanastics Academy. Please also send me a private message when you join!

Kidoinfo: Let’s learn more about you! Please describe a typical day.
Mike: Hmm, a typical day. I’d say I wake up, get some coffee going for me and my wife, then start making breakfast.  When Eliana wakes up, my wife usually wakes her up with a song, spends some time with her and leaves for work.  Then Elie and I have breakfast in PJs, and leave right after for our daily adventure! Depending on the day, this could be swim class, music class, library group program, gym, or park/beach/nature walk, weather permitting.  Then, we usually come home for lunch, then it’s Eliana’s nap time.  Naptime means laundry, other tasks, dinner prep.  Or realistically at times, just watching TV and taking a break after nine hours of go time.  Late afternoon, Eliana wakes up, my wife comes home and plays with her while I finish dinner, then dinnertime, bath, and bed.  Then, my wife and I will try to stay up a bit to read, watch a movie or just chill and have some tea…or wine or beer.   We’ve also been trying to give each other nights out, like to catch a movie or meet up with friends.

Kidoinfo: Do you have any time-saving tricks that you could share?
Mike:  Teaching Eliana to bring her plate and fork to the table, then put them in the dishwasher after the meal, teaching her how to put away her toys in the right place, teaching her how to put dinner prep scraps in a bowl…all of these little tasks not only engage her but save me time (and get things done before bedtime so that my time with my wife at night isn’t all kid-related or cleaning tasks).

Kidoinfo: If you could give your past, pre-kid self any advice, what would it be?
Mike:  Movie dates!!! We enjoy bringing Eliana out for dinner, but movies are just not happening!

Kidoinfo: Where do you find inspiration?
Mike:  I’m on a few dad Facebook groups that provide great tips when I need them or just let me know I’m not that only one struggling at times.

Kidoinfo: What is the one kid or parent product that you could not live without?
Mike:  We have waaaay too many “I need it!” kiddie products in general these days, but I love the NUK no-spill sippy cups with no straw.  Easy to clean, no cap needed, doesn’t leak when tossed.

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite children’s book or music CD?
Mike:  So many here!  Any book by Mo Willems, whether in the Cat The Cat, Elephant and Piggie, Knufflebunny, or “pigeon” series is awesome.  Super engaging for kids and amusing for adults.

Kidoinfo: What do you do with your kid on a rainy day?
Mike:  Renaissance Gymnastics Academy open play for toddlers has been a lifesaver!  Great value for monthly membership and Eliana is almost as happy there as the beach.

Kidoinfo: What is the last great non-kid book or film that you loved? What made it so great?
Mike:  Film, Arrival with Amy Adams.  I’m not really a sci-fi guy, but this movie transcended genre. Reading Les Miserables right now.  It really is an epic masterpiece and I’m three-quarters of the way through.  It has character, scene, and plot development as well as language on a whole new level than anything I’ve read before.

Kidoinfo: Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Mike:  1990s pro wrestling on the WWE network…why does it have to be on demand 24/7!!!

Kidoinfo: If you had an extra hour each day, what would you do with it?
Mike:  Go to a coffee shop, order a giant mug of medium roast, and disappear into a book or magazine.

We hope to see this group continue to grow! If you are a dad or a know a dad who’d like to get involved, check out the Meetup group and drop in on an event.

 

RI Festival of Children’s Books & Authors Returns to Lincoln School on October 15

RI Festival of Children’s Books & Authors Returns to Lincoln School on October 15

the-rhode-island-festival-of-childrens-books-and-authorsRhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors
Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Lincoln School, 301 Butler Ave, Providence, RI
Admission is $5

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it boasts one of the largest and best book festivals in the nation. Thousands of people come to the Book Festival each year to meet acclaimed authors and illustrators from all corners of the country. These authors and illustrators will travel to Providence this October for the opportunity to be featured in The Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors, hosted by Lincoln School in Providence.

10711023_10153492129316393_5325037064831951303_nExcitement is already building in the local community and beyond as Providence anticipates welcoming this year’s impressive roster of writers, including Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Bryan Collier, Anika Denise, Christopher Denise, Candace Fleming, Natasha Friend, Mitch Krpata, Eric Rohman, Sergio Ruzzier, Anita Silvey, Chris Van Allsburg and Elizabeth Wein. Authors give talks throughout the day, sign books, and enjoy spending time with fans old and new. Among the line up of talent this year is a total of 16 Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King medals!

579300_10151288884821393_79650545_nYoung readers and their parents have the chance to meet and talk with the authors, have their books personally signed and participate in bookmaking and other crafts. The Festival celebrates the unique joy that can only be found by opening the pages of a book.

For a full listing of performances and activities, visit www.lincolnschool.org/bookfestival or call Lincoln School at 401.331.9696, ext. 3135.