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

PPL Librarian and Providence Schools Reading Lists Available Online

Providence Public Library (PPL) is pleased to announce its 2012 Summer Reading Program schedule of programs and activities beginning with a kick-off celebration on Saturday, June 16 from 10 – 11:30 am, in PPL’s Chace Children’s Discovery Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence.  This year’s theme is Dream Big – READ and PPL’s programs and performances are open to young readers and their families statewide!  See complete performance schedule and details below.  

Beginning June 21 and running through August 9, families are also invited to take part in weekly Thursday Family Nights (stories, snacks, games and crafts based on eight dreamy themes) from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.  In addition, this year’s activities include regular Family Friday Film Series at 2 PM, June 22 through August 10.  Summer Reading activities conclude with an End of Summer Celebration on Saturday, August 11.

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

Summer Reading Performances

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Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration

Saturday, June 16 — 10:30 AM  (Space limited; please pre-register.)

Rick Morin— RHYTHM ROOM (All Ages)

Learn to tell a story through music by exploring and experimenting with rhythms. Let your imagination run free to create rhythms using buckets, cans, voices, hands, recyclable materials, real percussion instruments and more. That’s just the beginning of what this hands-on workshop has to offer. Best of all, no musical experience required. Just bring your imagination!

Friday, June 22 — 2:00 PM

RIMOSA — 2-D Cut-out Animation (10 & Up)  (Space limited; please pre-register.)

They say night is just like day – only darker. Human vision is impaired by the lack of light, but all other senses are just as strong and become more important with the diminishing of sight. Inspired by the slogan “Own the Night,” The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) offers highly tactile programs which highlight (please excuse the pun) light, vision and sound.

Saturday, June 30 — 10:30 AM  (Space limited; please pre-register.)

Alyssa Holland Short — “Voices Unfold” Accordion Fold Books (All ages)

Using markers and crayons, you will create a series of drawings and then bind your drawings into a short accordion fold book that you can take home with you. Work by yourself or create a book with   a group of friends or family members.                                    

Tuesday, July 10 — 10:30 AM

Burt the Raccoon — Puppet Show (Children)

Burt explains life in the forest through puppetry, storytelling, American Sign Language and incredible tree impersonations! Don’t miss your chance to “shake hands” with a real raccoon puppet! John L. Tierney, Ed.D. is a retired teacher of children with special needs and has been a traveling puppeteer for the past 22 years.

Saturday, July 21 — 10:30 AM  (Space limited; please pre-register.)

Pam Santos — Capture the Beauty of the Night with Watercolors (10 & Up)

Capture the beauty of the night with watercolors. You can experience the gentle art of watercolor painting as you paint on an artist’s easel with the guidance of local artist Pam Santos. Each participant will leave with their own original watercolor. All supplies will be provided. Pam has worked with painters of all ages and abilities to nurture the artistic abilities we all have. You can look forward to a creative hour of instruction, support, and encouragement.

Saturday, July 28 — 10:30 AM (Space limited; please pre-register.)

Moira Richardson — Nocturnal Painting (6 & Up)

Find your inner artist and create a painting of a nighttime scene using Van Gogh’s Starry Night as   inspiration. We’ll use paint, tissue paper, gems, sequins, gel media, and paint markers to create an 8x10 mixed media painting.

Saturday, August 4 — 10:30 AM

Christopher Johnson — Poetry Workshop (10 & Up)

Award winning Poet/Spoken Word Artist Christopher Johnson will be showcasing his self affirming, motivational style of performance and words focused on “Taking Back the Night.” Using techniques as call and response, storytelling, and a twisting of metaphors that appear magical, Christopher will amaze while providing simple techniques that anyone can use to write and perform.

Tuesday, August 7 — 10:30 AM

Bjorn the Magician — Magic Show (Children)

Nonstop comedy magic aimed at all ages. Watch for the rabbit puppet who is convinced HE is really in charge and squeal with delight at the appearance of the REAL RABBIT, Wilbur, who knows HE is the real star.

Saturday, August 11 — 10:30 AM 

SUMMER READING WRAP-UP CELEBRATION! -- Mat Franco — Magic Show (All Ages)

Mat’s interactive magic and spontaneous comedy has a powerful underlying message that encourages children to develop strong reading skills to help them identify and follow their dreams. Mat uses magic as a tool to engage his audiences. Throughout the show, some of the magical effects exemplify how reading has played a role in Mat’s success in following his dream to be a professional magician. Mat’s show demonstrates how reading can be both interesting and fun.

Please pre-register; space limited.

The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Citizens Bank and Pepsi.