Kids Culture 09.21.17

Black Sheep Dreams Big

Joan Dupont, the author of the picture book “Philippe the Black Sheep,” Ellen Shire, its illustrator, and the editor George Held and art director Bryan Canniff will present a dramatic reading of the book on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at BookHampton in East Hampton.

The book tells the story of a lamb in France who “grazes with the flock but dreams of being an artist and plans his escape . . . to a new life, but new perils,” according to the author. It will be available for purchase.


Splatter Paintings and Gear Swap

With most schools closed today, children of all ages can head over to the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton and join the author, illustrator, and educator Joyce Raimondo at 10 a.m. for a Jackson Pollock painting workshop. Kids can learn to drip, drop, and splatter paint in the style of the legendary Abstract Expressionist. The cost of $1 is payable at the front desk.

The museum’s first ever baby gear swap will take place in the museum’s lobby on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. New and expectant parents can stock up on clothing, cribs, strollers, and other baby equipment. Early childhood educators and providers will also be on hand with information for new parents and parents-to-be. The event is free, however admission to the museum is extra. Those interested in donating can email


Something for Everyone at the Library

There is a lot for high school students to do this week at the East Hampton Library. A slime-making workshop will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4. On Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. starting this week, the library will offer LibArt sessions, at which high schoolers involved in the creative arts will be invited to inspire other teens to explore music, photography, art, writing, and other artistic endeavors. A crash course in online resources for homework help will be offered to students of all ages on Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. And there’s a game night in the young adult room on Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

For high school seniors only, tutors will offer college application essay help on Monday between 3 and 5 p.m. Space is limited, and interested students have been asked to sign up for 30-minute session on Monday or Oct. 2, by contacting the young adult librarians by phone or by emailing

Middle schoolers in sixth through eighth grade can pop in for a watercolor bookmark-making class on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

For younger kids, ages 4 to 6, there’s storytelling time with crafts and apples to eat on Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 5. On Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. kids ages 4 and up can create embossed drawings on metal foiling and color them using melted wax techniques. Advance registration is requested.


Montauk Library Movie Night

The Montauk Library will show “Captain Underpants” on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. A popcorn cart with freshly popped popcorn and refreshments will be on hand. Registration is not required.


Saturday Morning at SoFo

Families can kick off Saturday with a 9 a.m. bird-spotting walk with Frank Quevedo, the executive director of the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton. Mr. Quevedo will lead adults and families with children ages 8 and up along neighboring beaches to observe land and shorebirds that migrate through this Atlantic Flyway “migration traps” — areas where migrating birds congregate. If possible, binoculars or a spotting scope, and a field guide to the birds of eastern North America should be taken along.

  At 10:30 a.m. a representative from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will teach families about bats, including their anatomy and physical adaptations, as well as their ecological importance to the planet. Participants will also learn about the conflicts bats are facing and why the United Nations declared 2011-12 the International Year of the Bat. The program will include a presentation of taxidermy bats, a bat skeleton, posters, and a bat fossil replica.

Advance reservations are required for both events at 631-537-9735.