Baby Book Worms This program uses read-alouds and nursery rhymes to help babies learn the rhythms and patterns of speech, time will be provided for board books, play and a chance for parents to network together, for children birth to 2 years old with a caretaker, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 9:30 a.m., 401-847- 8720, newportlibraryri.org.
Toddler Time Stories, songs and a simple craft, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 10 a.m., children ages 18 months-2, register, 401-683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.
Step Up Story Time This program consists of read-alouds, activity rhymes, songs and a craft, designed to help children ages 3-4 develop social skills and advance their interest in books and reading, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 11 a.m., registration required, 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.
Baby and Yearling Time Socialization and group play, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, 11 a.m., 401- 683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.
Eight Bells Lecture “A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah” by Dwight Hughes, Naval War College Museum, noon, open to the public, advance reservations are required for those without base access, seating limited, 401-841- 4052, usnwc.edu.
LEGO Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m. See Jan. 7.
After School Adventure This program, featuring read-alouds, songs, activities and a craft, is designed to support emerging readers and promote school readiness, children attend independent of their parents, registration required, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 3:45 p.m., children ages 5-7, 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.
Crafty Kids Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, 4 p.m., 401- 683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.
‘The Champions’ An inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the fighting ring of Atlanta Falcon’s quarterback Michael Vick, and those who worked to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society of the United States to euthanize the dogs, 6 p.m. (optional) pre-film reception, 7:15 p.m. screening followed by a panel discussion moderated by Christie Smith, executive director of the Potter League, and a visit from one of the stars of the film, Cherry the Pit Bull, Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St., $15 film and Q & A session, $25 pre-film reception, film and Q & A session, newportfilm.com.
The Fashions of Downton Abbey Fans of the TV show will learn about the lives and fashions of the residents of Downton Abbey, the styles of 1912, represented in Season 1 of the popular series, through the 1920s, when major changes occurred both in fashion and in society, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7-8:30 p.m., 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.