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Free Portuguese exhibit, children’s writing group, storytime on the lawn coming to Fall River Library



With conditions improving, the Fall River Public Library has begun scheduling even more interesting activities and exhibits.

On Tuesday, June 22 & Tuesday, June 29, 2021, Fall River Public Library will hold a series of two in-person creative writing workshops for kids ages 10-14. The workshops will run from 6pm-7pm. Both programs are free. Register online at

This group is open to writers of all skill levels and styles who love creating worlds with their words. What makes a good story, introducing writing terms and elements, and learning how to apply them to your own writing will be discussed. You will also create short works based on writing prompts and share our creative thoughts with one another, as well as discuss how to provide respectful criticism and why it is important for becoming a better writer.

Kids are welcome to attend one or both workshops. The group will be co-led by librarians and Stephanie Farland, a creative writing student intern.

The workshops will be held in the library’s new outdoor story tent. Participants who are not yet fully vaccinated should plan to wear masks. For more information, please contact the library at 508-324-2700, ext. 110 or ext. 4.

Also, the library is hosting a unique and fascinating exhibition, Portuguese Heritage Around the World. This beautiful and historic collection of photographs, on loan from the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and made possible by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Portugal, will be on display in the library through mid-July.

The exhibit can be viewed any time the library is open. Current library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 am – 9 pm and Friday, 9 am – 3 pm. It is displayed in the upper level mezzanine, near the reference room and the Friends of the Library Bookstore. Visitors are invited to browse for books and check out the library’s many resources after viewing the exhibit.

Lastly, the library is bringing back in-person storytimes—with a summertime twist! Beginning Tuesday, June 15 at 11 am, the library will offer “Stories on the Lawn” every Tuesday at 11 on our Elm Street lawn. Families are invited to bring blankets to spread on the grass, snacks, and beverages and enjoy stories, songs, and activities.

Rainy day? Not a problem! The library will have a Story Tent set up so that kids and families can enjoy stories, rain or shine.

Each week will feature a different theme ranging from dinosaurs and bubbles to pets and jungle safaris. Storytimes will incorporate songs, puppets, and plenty of audience participation, and are designed to appeal to a wide range of ages. At the end of each presentation, children will leave with a craft that they can make at home! The first storytime theme is “Favorite Pop-up Books” featuring the story Dinner Time by Jan Pienkowski. Children will leave with a sun visor craft and sunglasses to decorate at home.

Storytimes are free, and registration is not required. Families are also invited to visit the library before or after the storytime to browse the extensive collection of picture books, early readers, chapter books, comics & manga, and family movies.

For further information, contact David Mello at 508-324-2700, ext. 4 or visit the library’s website at

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