PPL Announces Summer Reading Programs, Book Lists & More – Kick-off June 23!

Families Invited to Travel the World

Providence Schools Reading Lists Available Online at www.provlib.org

Providence Public Library (PPL) is pleased to announce its 2011 Summer Reading Program schedule of programs and activities beginning with a kick-off celebration on Thursday, June 23 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, in the Library’s Children’s Room, 150 Empire Street, Providence.  This date is also the first of eight weekly Thursday Family Travel Nights (when families are invited for stories, snacks, games and crafts from featured countries) in celebration of this year’s Summer Reading theme: One World, Many Stories.  In addition to the Thursday Travel Nights and seven summer reading guest performances, this year’s activities also include regular Family Friday Movie Days at 2 PM, June 24 through August 5.  Summer Reading activities conclude with an End of Summer Celebration on Thursday, August 11.

Complete information is available on the Library’s Web site: www.provlib.org (search: Summer Reading), including the complete book lists for Providence Schools Summer Reading (grades Kindergarten – 8).

Summer Reading Performances

* Rooms TBA; program details can be found at www.provlib.org
Register for programs at www.provlib.org (calendar) or call the Children’s Room at 455-8025.

Saturday, June 25 — 2:00 PM -- Moira Richardson 

Art Journals are Awesome (9 & older) -- Space limited; please pre-register.

Using collage materials like recycled books, magazines, sheet music, and road atlases, teens will create a visual story of their lives. Teens will write, draw, and collage images that represent their childhoods, favorite people, and their home or neighborhood. Each participant will leave with a handmade journal and a creativity kit to help them continue art journaling at home.

A freelance writer living in Providence, Moira Richardson is a regular magazine contributor. When she is not writing, Moira is often found making jewelry, teaching classes, or playing the accordion.   

Tuesday, July 19 — 10:30 AM -- Christopher Kavi Carbone 

Andiamo Tutti! Celebrating Italy in Story & Song (Children)

Come along with Christopher Kavi Carbone as we travel to the country of Italy, on a Magic Gondola of the Imagination! Through interactive Storie e Canzoni (Storytelling & Songs) we will enjoy an Abbondanza of smiles & wisdom from this beloved land. Andiamo, Tutti! – Come along, Everyone! With guitar, mandolin and everyone’s voices too, a variety of instruments and music will accompany us along the way.  Christopher Kavi Carbone is co-director of “Arts-in-Celebration!” Celebrating 10 Years of sharing the creative & healing Arts in Rhode Island! Offering innovative programs in music, movement, yoga and more, for families and people of all ages.

Tuesday July 26 — 2:00 PM -- Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art

Animation: The Art and Science of Visual Perception (9 & older) -- Space limited; please pre-register.

During this program, youth learn about “persistence of vision” - the name often given to the way the human brain blends sudden changes into smooth motion. It is this interpretation by our brains that make movies possible. Program participants will make a Victorian era animation (a thaumatrope) to take home, and work in small groups to make their own stop-motion film to be premiered at the end of the outreach and to be viewed later on the RIMOSA website. Additional post-program activities can include youth working individually to write a dialogue, narration, or “director’s comments” for their short film.

Tuesday, August 2 — 10:30 AM -- The Great Baldini 

Magic Laughter and a tour of the world! (Children)

Join The Great Baldini and his beautiful skeleton assistant, Skinny, on a magical tour of our planet. You'll laugh, learn, and be amazed by different tricks from every continent. The Great Baldini has been entertaining folks for years through his unique style of humor and magic. Along with Skinny, he’ll be sharing stories from many of the different countries of the world.  As a Black Belt in Kenpo Baldini learned discipline. As a father of four he learned patience. As an aging human he learned how to make the hair on his head disappear! It wasn’t until his hair was gone that Thomas Holmes discovered his gift for magic. The Great Baldini began his quest to bring smiles to the masses through magic and laughter.

Thursday, August 4 — 6:30 PM -- Shanti Muthu 

Yoga, Dance and Storytelling (All)

Shanthi Muthu’s program will contain three elements:

DANCE PERFORMANCE - The audience will explore India’s rich culture as the dancer explains and performs Bharatanatyam & folk dance with introduction and explanation of the meaning of the songs.

SENTENCE-DANCING - The audience will come and show in their own way without using words, various phrases like: Please come here; you are beautiful; I don’t want to hear anything you say. The dancer also shows the phrase in her dance style, and everybody will do it together.

YOGA-DANCE STORY TIME - Through Yoga postures and dance movements, the audience will depict stories like Ant, Sparrow and hunter that portray values of friendship and gratitude. Trees, rocks, Lions and butterflies will be depicted through Yoga postures and songs.

Shanthi Muthu learned a classical dance form called Bharatanatyam in India and is in touch with the rich art form, through choreography, learning, teaching and performances for the past 34 years.  Also, having a deep conviction of Yoga’s effect on body, mind and spirit, she has incorporated it in her daily life for the last 30 years.  Register online or call the Children’s Room at 455-8025.

Tuesday August 9 — 2:00 PM -- Michelle Bach-Coulibaly 

I AM Here (9 & older) -- Space limited; please pre-register.

The I AM HERE workshop focuses upon using innovative approaches to creating solo and group performances utilizing technology, filmed video, and music production. We will engage in writing short personal narratives as song lyrics that address important issues of culture, race and identity to create musical videos. We will provide microphones, video equipment, and play back abilities.  Michelle Bach-Coulibaly is a performance artist, educator, and student of Mande culture. In 1989, Ms Bach-Coulibaly was part of a consortium of Brown University professors awarded a Mellon Grant to develop a new line of study on the Music, Dances and Cultures of West Africa and the Diaspora. Since that time, the Mande Dance, Music and Culture program at Brown has grown to include the building of the Yeredon Centre for Cultural Preservation and Social Engagement in Mali, five bi-annual festivals of Mande Performance Tradition, transnational collaborations on the intersection of Performance and Global Health, and the creation of over thirty original ballets for the concert stage, film, and in the street that serve educational advancement. Register for program online or call the Children’s Room at 455-8025.

Thursday, August 11 — 6:30 PM -- Diane Edgecomb 

Around the World Folktales (Children/All)

Join in and travel around the world with these captivating multicultural legends. Each tale offers a participatory look at our common love of story. Celebrate engaging narratives, animal characters, songs in different languages and home-spun wisdom as one of New England's favorite storytellers takes us from the heart of the Amazon rainforest to the forests of the Czech Republic to the villages of Africa. Celebrate the diversity of people all over the world using the common elements of story, rhythm and song.

One of New England’s favorite tellers, Ms. Edgecomb is widely known and respected as a master storyteller. Called: “A storyteller in the grand tradition, a virtuoso of the spoken word and an entire cast rolled into one” by Publisher’s Weekly, Diane is also a winner of a ‘Year’s Best Performance’ award from the Boston Herald. A professional teller for over twenty years, Diane has created over 25 innovative performances for both families and adults, ranging from Solstice Events rich in seasonal mythology to Celtic tales accompanied by Harper Margot Chamberlain. With a style of telling known for rich characterizations and a zany sense of humor, Diane is a regularly featured teller at storytelling and theatre venues throughout the country, including the acclaimed Three Apples Storytelling Festival, National Public Radio, and Charlestown Working Theatre. Register for program online or call the Children’s Room at 455-8025.

The statewide RI Summer Reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, McDonald’s Local Owner/Operators of RI, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Citizens Bank and Pepsi.


Thursdays are “Family Travel Nights” at PPL – One World, Many Stories

Families are invited to the Library for stories, snacks, games and crafts from featured countries, one each Thursdays, June 23 through August 11, 6:30-7:30 PM in the Children’s Room.

June 23 – Summer Reading Kick-off – Mexico

June 30 – Africa

July 7 – Australia

July 14 – Italy

July 21 – Russia

July 28 – Japan

August 4 – India – Special Performance by Shanti Muhti – yoga, dance and storytelling

August 11 – End of Summer CelebrationStories Around the World with Diance Edgecombe


Friday Family Movie Series begins June 24

Come along as we visit different lands along with some of our favorite movie friends, Fridays at 2:00 PM – June 24 through August 5 in the Barnard Room (3rd floor).

June 24 – “The Little Mermaid” – (G) Disney 1989.  A mermaid makes a bargain with an evil sea sorceress to give up her identity as a mermaid to become human and gain the love of a prince on land.

July 1 – “Lion King” – (G) Disney, 1994.  Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt-ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.

July 8 – “The Rescuers Down Under” – (G) Disney, 1990.  The RAS agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher.

July 15 – “Pinocchio” – (G) Disney, 1940.  A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to be a real boy.

July 22 – “Anatasia” – (G) 20th Century Fox, 1997.  The only surviving child of the Russian royal family teams up with two con men while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.

July 29 – “Ponyo” – (G) 1998.  An animated adventure centered around a 5 year old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to be human.

August 5 – “The Jungle Book” – (G) Disney, 1967.  Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a hard time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.