The summer reading theme for this year is Tails and Tales, so we have some fun animal themed programs and crafts. We aren’t lion, summer can be boar-ing – but if you take a paws to read a great book, you’ll have no eye-deer how much fun you can have. It’s a whale of a time, and you don’t need any koala-fications!!

We have something for all ages. There are different games for littles (ages 0-5), kids (ages 5-12) and teens (grades 6 and up).  The more you read and complete activities, the more chances you have to win some great prizes!

There’s a reading challenge for adults, too! You can join the challenge on Beanstack or track your reading with paper tickets in the library. Every book you read and review you write gives you a chance to win an animal basket and one-year membership to Roger Williams Park Zoo.

If you have any questions about the program for kids and teens, please reach out to Miss Alyce

If you have any questions about the program for adults, please reach out to Katherine

Summer program FAQ

How do I register for programs?

Registration for in-person programs begins on July 6, during the Kickoff party. If you cannot make it to the party, stop by or call us any time after that date to register.

Links are provided for virtual programs—if one is missing, check the event calendar, or get in touch with Katherine.

Where are the programs being held?

Unless it says something else in the description, all our programs for kids and teens will be held in person, outdoors at the gazebo across the street from the library. If the weather is bad and we need to cancel a program, Miss Alyce will contact everyone who registered.

All our adult programs are virtual.

The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Featured Programs

STEM Scavenger Hunt
July 12 at 11:30am

The STEM Scavenger hunt will take participants to 6 different STEM stations. Each station will have a challenge related to the summer theme of Tales and Tails. This is activity is ideal for families to complete together.

For kids and families, registration is required

Bird Basics
July 13 at 6pm

photo of a robin's nest with blue eggs

During the pandemic, have you spent more time outdoors? Working from home and discovered a newfound interest in the activities of the birds outside your window? Join RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife for an informative virtual program on birds! Our outreach team will be sharing information about Rhode Island bird conservation work, ways to welcome birds to your backyard, and some easy-to-use resources to help you begin your journey as a bird nerd.

This virtual program is FREE to attend, but registration is required to receive a Zoom link. Click here to register!

For everyone, registration is required

High Flyers
July 19 at 11:30am

As we take our STEM adventure outside as we take to the sky in this high flying adventure. Participants will complete 2 High flying activities including creating a flying gas-powered animal!

For teens, registration is required

Animals! Animals
July 26 at 11:30am

Meet a variety of live animals and discover similarities and differences between them. Are they covered in feathers or fur? How do they move? Where do they live? What do they eat? Answer these questions and more as you explore the wild animal kingdom.

Family Tales Genealogy Workshop

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Videos on demand with three Q&A sessions on July 6, 20, and 27 at 6 pm

Throughout July, we will post a series of videos to teach you how to research your family’s history! You can learn how to use Ancestry Library, build your family tree, and keep your documents in order – all for free. After you’ve watched them, or if you just have a quick question – attend one of our virtual Q&A sessions! Click here to join a virtual Q&A.

Complete Event Listing!