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Providence Public Library Announces Summer Reading Programs & Performances, Book Lists & More!

SumReadBanner The Providence Public Library (PPL) is pleased to announce its 2016 Summer Reading schedule of programs and activities beginning on Monday, June 27 and continuing through Wednesday, August 3. This year’s Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” A mix of programs for children and their families will focus on getting summer reading in while enjoying healthy activities. All programs will be held in PPL’s Meeting Room (3rd floor) and Teen Room (Ground level), 150 Empire Street, Providence.

Complete information is available on the Library’s Web site: www.provlib.org (search: Summer Reading), including supplemental book lists for Providence Schools Summer Reading (grades K – 12). Please register for programs at www.provlib.org (calendar) or call 455-8025 or 455-8098.

2016 Passport to Summer Learning
PPL is a proud participant in this year’s Passport to Summer Learning project, kicking off this week. Students can pick up their Passport to Summer Learning at PPL or any participating organization.

SummerPassportCoverThe Passport encourages children and families to have a summer of exploration, discovery, play and learning! Just pack the Passport and use it to keep track of activities and experiences around Providence and beyond. Get a stamp in your Passport when you visit each organization listed—many sites are free and others are free for one visit with the wallet card in the back of the Passport! Try some of the activities suggested in the Passport when you are at home, track the number of minutes you read every day, and find information about how to log on to the Providence Public Schools’ Summer Learning website to find other ideas for fun summer learning activities.

The Passport to Learning has been created through a partnership of Providence Public Library, Providence Community Library, the Providence Public Schools, the City of Providence and the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet. Extra Passports are available at Providence libraries throughout the summer.

Summer Reading Programs at PPL

Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure
Monday, June 27 — 6:30 PM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
All ages
Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure is a fun, and interactive reptile show that allows the audience to get up close and personal with some common, as well as exotic reptiles. Ray Ward’s level of enthusiasm, coupled with his sense of humor keeps the crowd entertained, while also educating them about these mysterious animals, too. It’s always a fun time, and kids truly love it. The kids will be running to the book shelves to learn more when Ray inspires them to get “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!”

Family Night
Wednesday, June 29 — 6:30 PM in Teen Room, Ground Level
Join us for an evening filled with fun activities, books and a snack. Ages 5 & up.

“First It Was A Book” Family Movie Night
Wednesday, July 6 — 6:30 PM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
We’ll show a family friendly movie that was a book first!! Ages 5 & up.

Play Historic Games with Casey Farm
Wednesday, July 13 — 6:30 PM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
Play games, solve riddles and explore a time gone by. In this hands-on program, participants learn about the lives and popular leisure activities for children during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Play games, solve riddles, and learn about changing attitudes towards childhood. Discover how changes in technology affected children’s toys and pastimes. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Music with Miss Katie!
Tuesday, July 19, 10:30 AM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
Let’s Wiggle, Giggle, Shake and Shout!
Join Miss Katie for an interactive music performance. Kids will get to join the fun by helping sing and write songs; keeping rhythm by playing percussion; and last but not least, dancing!
Together, we will get active by getting silly. We’ll sing songs about dancing, traveling, and even vegetables! Katie Fairhead is owner and lead playscientist at playSCIENCE, where she leads hands-on science and music programs for kids. For ages 2 – 8.

Family Game Night
Wednesday, July 20 —6:30 PM in the Teen Room, Ground Level
Bring your favorite board game to share or borrow one of ours! We’ll also challenge you to some special games created just for you! Ages 5 & up.

Rising Sun Jiu-Jitsu with Dean Watts
Saturday, July 23 — 1:00 PM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
Children will participate in fun martial arts drills that teach respect and get them excited about exercise. Ages 8 & up.

Family Food Night
Wednesday, July 27 — 6:30 PM in the Teen Room, Ground Level
Let’s talk about eating! Let’s play around with some food! Come on in for a healthy take on family meals. Ages 5 & up.

Mad Science
Wednesday, August 3 —6:30 PM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
Mad Science of Southern MA & RI provides exciting hands-on / minds-on science “edutainment” to spark the imagination and curiosity of young minds. Join us on a scientific journey as we use hands-on activities and exciting demonstrations to explore the science of sport. Learn the physiology of our response to exercise and explore how inertia and gravity interplay with sports. Ages 5 & up.

The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program is supported by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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