Most libraries have computers, books on CD, music, and movies. They have activities for kids like story hours, reading clubs, arts and crafts, and more. And they have passes and discounts for local attractions, museums, etc. (And library cards are free!) Here are some to check out:
Barrington Public Library ............... 247-1920
281 County Road, Barrington
Programs for children starting at age 1; Animals in children’s dept.; summer reading program.
Coventry Public Library ............... 822-9100
1672 Flat River Road, Coventry
Children’s story hours (call 822-9102), museum passes, and more. Site of Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, a volunteer program dedicated to teaching adults to read and/or speak English (822-9103).
Cranston Public Library ............... 943-9080
140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston. Art Exhibits; children’s programs; story hours beginning at birth, public computers/internet.
East Greenwich Free Library ............... 884-9510, ext. 4
82 Pierce St., E. Greenwich
Children’s programs; crafts for school age children, story hours for 2-5 yr. olds; reading program.
Foster Public Library ............... 397-4801
184 Howard Hill Rd., Foster Arts/crafts classes; art exhibits; children’s programs; story hours; reading program.
North Kingstown Free Library ............... 294-3306
100 Boone St., North Kingstown
Arts/Crafts Classes; Art Exhibits; Children's programs; teen programs; story hours for children from 12 mos. to five years; summer reading club for children and teens; babysitting classes for preteens.
PJ Library Storytime ............... 421-4111 ext. 178
401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence
Each month, children 5 and under are invited to enjoy a PJ Library story, songs, movement, crafts, and a themed snack. To RSVP or for more information, contact Michelle Cicchitelli at 421-4111 ext. 178 or .
Providence Public Library ............... 455-8025
150 Empire St., Providence (Central)
ONGOING PROGRAMS FOR PROVIDENCE LIBRARY:
Lapsit Story Time – Fridays, 11-12pm, for ages birth to 18 months. Join us for stories, songs, rhythm and rhyme all designed for you and your wee-one.
Cradle to Crayons – (ages 1-3)
We combine time for play and socialization with a story time that includes movement, songs, finger plays and wonderful children’s literature. Choose & Register for one session: Tuesday Session 1: 9:30–10:30 am, Tuesday Session 2: 10:30–11:30 am, Friday, Session 1: 9:30–10:30 am, Friday Session 2: 10:30–11:30 am (please be on time; doors open at start times only).
Tiny Tales for Preschoolers -
Ages 3 to 5 years, Tuesdays, 11:30 am. Spend time with your preschooler learning and playing together. We’ll finish the hour with great stories, movement and songs.
Drop-in Pajama Story Time – Ages 4 to 8 years, Thursdays, 6:30pm. Come in your comfy, cozy PJs and enjoy a quiet story time with books
and songs! Ages 3 to 5 years, Saturdays, 10:30am. Enjoy great stories, songs and finger plays! All programs run in 8-week sessions from September to June 18. Registration required for all Tuesday and Friday programs. Contact Anne Kilkenny at or 455-8098 or Bonnie Lilienthal at 455-8025 for more information or to register.
The Library also offers a full Summer Reading Program beginning in June. Call 455-8025 for details. From November – May, the Library offers Family Learning Sundays – interactive learning program focusing on various topics including science, music, nature, art and dance. Programs are designed for the family and aimed at children ages 5 – 8 with parents/caregivers, but siblings are generally welcome. Programs are at 2 pm.
Warwick Public Library ............... 739-5440
600 Sandy Lane, Warwick
Arts/crafts classes; art exhibits; children’s programs; story hours for children from birth to 8 years; summer reading club, book
discussions for kids. New teen programs and events!
Weaver Memorial Library ............... 434-2453
41 Grove Ave., E. Providence
Arts/crafts; art exhibits; children’s programs; summer storytime. Story hour for children from birth to 6th grade during school year.
Story Hours & More!
(Also, see Bookstores, Libraries & Storytellers)
Providence & North
Audubon Society of RI Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge ............... 949-5454
12 Sanderson Rd., Smithfield
Preschool Story Time is an hour-long nature program once a month for children ages 3 to 5. Each program includes the reading of a nature story with hands on activities and nature craft.
Books on the Square ............... 331-9097
471 Angell Street, Providence
Story hours Mon. at 10:30am for 18 mos and younger, Tuesday at 10:30am, Wed. at 10:30am, and Sat. at 11am for children to age 6.
1200 Quaker Lane, Warwick
Bookworm Wednesdays entitles kids to free admission to a children’s film every Wednesdays (July -Aug) when they present a book report.
East Bay & Southeastern MA
Audubon Society of RIEnvironmental Education Center ............... 245-7500
1401 Hope Street (Rt. 114), Bristol
(Also See Audubon Info under Prov. & North.)
Barrington Books ............... 245-7925
Barrington Shopping Center. Story time on Thurs mornings at 10am.
Swansea Mall ............... 508-679-2543
262 Swansea Mall Drive, Swansea, MA. Summer Reading Club for kids ages 5 to 12.
West Bay & South County
Barnes & Noble Booksellers ............... 826-8885
1350 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick.
Call for monthly schedule of story hours, art exhibits, book readings and signings, chess club, etc.