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Creative Writing at the Library

Rogers Free Library in Bristol is hosting a Creative Writing workshop series led by Kate Gorton, a graduate student at Fairfield University.  Interested young adults age 11 to 18 are welcome to gather in the Quiet Study Room on the Main Floor of the library at 6pm on Thursday, October 20th for the first workshop.  Signups are not required, and pencils & notebooks will be provided!  Call Charlotte Burnham at the library, 253-6948, for more information.

Meet the author, Ann Hood

Rogers Free Library and A Novel Idea Booksellers present an evening with Ann Hood, author of several bestselling books including “The Knitting Circle” and “The Red Thread”, on Wednesday October 5th at 7pm …                                      -read more on our Story Page

Happy Dot Day, Everyone!

copyright Peter H. Reynolds/Fablevision

Today is International Dot Day, inspired by the best-selling book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, one of our most beloved children’s book author/illustrators.  This book continues to top my list of Best Picture Books to Give Kids, and if you’re not yet familiar with it, then today’s the day to get in the know!  The Dot is the story of a young girl who thinks she can’t draw, and the teacher who shows her the ability that lies within her (and within us all, of course) if she’ll just give herself a chance.  It’s about considering the way we look at things, shifting our perspectives, and believing in ourselves and in those around us (I especially love the end of the book!). 

So, to celebrate International Dot Day you can hightail it up to The Blue Bunny Books & Toys in Dedham, Massachusetts (an outing very much worth the trip, if you’ve got the time) or you can celebrate here at home with your family.  Read the story with your kids, create your own Dot artwork and paper your walls with your very own Dot art exhibit.  Suggest it to your children’s teacher, or better yet, bring it in and read aloud to the class, and inspire even more kids to Make Their Mark!

The Dot is available at the Rogers Free Library in Bristol and by request through the Ocean State Libraries online system.  You can also look for it at A Novel Idea Booksellers on State Street in Bristol, and if they don’t have it in stock they can order it for you. 

Teachers take note – Peter H. Reynolds is also the founder of Fablevision, an educational media company “on a mission to make every classroom a center of innovation and creativity.”  Click the link above, and check out the Fablevision Learning website to find out more.

rainy day project: My Heart is Like a Zoo

This book by Michael Hall is one of our favorite finds from the library this summer, so much so that it’s made our “Must Buy” list.  We are a family of animal-lovers, and the simple, vibrant graphics and rolicking verse make this book a real treat for all ages.  It’s also an interactive book in the best sense – inspiring kids to use their imaginations to come up with all sorts of ways to arrange the ‘heart’ shape into artistic compositions, animal or otherwise.  You don’t even have to have the book on hand to be inspired – just visit My Heart is Like a Zoo’s website to watch the animals come to life!

I’ve been waiting for a rainy day this summer to pull out my tall stack of colored paper (always sure to elicit “oooohs” and “aaaahs” from the kids) and hand them the scissors, re-reading My Heart is Like a Zoo aloud to remind them of the humor and cleverness of the artist: 

“My heart is like a zoo … Brave as a lion, thoughtful as an owl, peaceful as a portly walrus lounging on a towel.” 


Recalling the lesson learned from the toddler who would rather play with the empty birthday present box, sometimes the simplest projects are the most engaging.  My kids, (even with 6 years between them) happily cut out shapes from colored paper and put them together in varying configurations for HOURS.  At first we mimicked Michael Hall and limited ourselves to heart-shapes, but the kids, always more daring than I, soon began to cut out star shapes and jagged shapes and whatever else their imaginations could come up with. 

My favorite surprise is a narrow, curvy Christmas tree topped with an enormous star that my eldest held out to show me in the palm of his hand, and the strikingly simple log-on-fire my youngest proudly presented to me – if I put them together we’ve created a lovely Christmas card to send out this year.  For now we’ve arranged a rainy day gallery on our window ledge that adds a smiling spot of color to the view today – in fact I don’t mind the rain one bit!