Wednesday, October 15, 2014

That Spooky Time of Year

It's that spooky time of year again! With Halloween just around the corner, the library has all kind of scary (and not so scary) events and book suggestions to help get you in the mood!

Spooky Events
On Saturday, October 25th, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and from 2:30-4:30 p.m. families are invited to drop-in at the Peace Dale Library to make spook-tacular Halloween crafts. 

Then on Tuesday, October 28th, from 6:-7:30 p.m. don't miss the Peace Dale Library's Spooky Library Camp-Out! Families with kids of all ages are invited to drop-in and camp out under tents in the children's room, enjoy stories around the "campfire" and s'mores in a cup! Costumes are welcome!

Finally, on Thursday, October 30th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m., tweens ages 9-12 are welcome to drop-in for spook-tacular activities, crafts, and stories! Costumes are welcome!

Spooky Books

Picture Books:

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

Not Very Scary by Carol Brendler
On Halloween, Melly is invited to Cousin Malberta's home for a surprise, but as she walks there on a beautifully spooky evening, she is followed by increasing numbers of creatures that may actually be frightening.

The Monsterator by Keith Graves
When he entered a dusty costume store, one that he hadn't seen before, he got what he bargained for...and more! Enter the Monsterator if you dare! Put a coin in the slot, but beware. Join Edgar Dreadbury as he discovers a machine that changes people into monsters.

Early Chapter Books:

The Class Trip From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
Oh no! It's the class trip from the Black Lagoon, a mix of school and monsters. The kids have no idea where they are going, but they imagine a day of ferocious animals, maniacal monsters, and scary aerial acrobatics!

It's Halloween, I'm Turning Green! by Dan Gutman
For A.J. and the gang from Ella Mentary School, a night of regular trick or treating turns into the weirdest Halloween in the history of the universe.

My Haunted House by Angie Sage
Araminta enlists the help of several ghosts in a attempt to stop her Aunt Tabby from selling Spook House.

Chapter Books for Older Readers:

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Irish orphans Molly and Kip travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be.

Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn
When Logan and his family move into a run-down old house in rural Virginia, he discovers that a woman was murdered there and becomes involved with his neighbor Arthor in a dangerous investigation to uncover the killer.

Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back to School Books

Somehow, the school year always just seems to sneak up on everyone. It seems like just yesterday summer was here...days outside, at camp, at the beach...nothing to do except play and relax in the sun.

The lazy days of summer might be stretching behind us, and the library has lots of fun picture books to help get kids in the mood for school. It's true, school started a week ago, however not everyone is always eager to go. Here are a few new books to help get you fully into that "back to school" mood! If you need more suggestions, be sure to check out the full list on our children's booklist page on our website!

Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Diesen
After planning for months to have the perfect school picture taken, a boy’s
moment of weakness ruins everything.

Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman
On the first day of school, a young panda learns about the special things his
animal classmates can do.

My Teacher is a Monster! (No I am Not) by Peter Brown
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of
school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be
so bad after all.

Dinosaur Vs. School by Bob Shea
Fearless Dinosaur takes on new challenges as he starts preschool, from meeting
new friends to pasting glitter and googly eyes, but one task requires assistance
from everyone.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Welcome to the South Kingstown Public Library's Blog for children, tweens, and their families! 

We hope you'll check back often as we share book reviews and suggestions, literacy tips, and entertaining tidbits relating to the world of children and tween books! 

The children's section of the library web page has recently gotten a face lift! Now you'll easily be able to find information on programs we offer not only for babies and preschoolers, but for school aged children as well!  Also be sure to check out our small but growing section of booklists for all ages.

We are also excited to share that October will bring the launch of our all new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program! Sounds impossible? Don't worry, we promise it isn't! Full details about this early literacy program will be available on our website soon!

So please, explore our new web page a bit, and be sure to check back here for additional notes on books, reading, and more!