Rhode Island Library Day
Saturday, April 25, 2020


RILA invites you to participate in the 5th Annual Rhode Island Library Day on Saturday, April 25, 2020, which ties into ALA's National Library Week (April 19th-25th, 2020). The theme of this year is “Find Your Place at the Library,” and we encourage you to take this opportunity to highlight and celebrate the many ways you work to include diverse perspectives and ensure equity of access for everyone in your community.

In addition to fine amnesty, there are numerous ways that libraries can participate, both big and small. Some ideas for activities and events from public libraries celebrating last year’s Rhode Island Library Day include:

  • Author visits or guest lectures

  • Raffles and door prizes throughout the day

  • Storytimes by special guests (local/state government officials, local celebrities, etc.)

  • Crafts and makerspace activities

  • Concerts

  • Book sales

  • Special youth programming (magic shows, entertainment, etc.)

  • Movie marathons

  • Technology open houses

  • Tours for the public

  • Food giveaways

Please remember to promote your activities on social media and to use the hashtag #rilibraryday.

We encourage you to invite your legislators. Feel free to use this template: Sample Letter for Inviting State/Local Officials. Find your legislator using through RILA's new Advocacy Tool. 

Please contact us at membersatlarge@rilibraries.org with your planned events and activities, so that we can promote it on the website and include it in the press releases.

We will be featuring libraries that participated last year. If your local library is not on this list, check out their website or contact them. (If your library is planning something and you would like us to add your library to this list, please email us.)

Participating Libraries (Partial List)

Note: all RI public libraries will be providing amnesty for library fines.

Tiverton Public Library will celebrate National Library Week with an ongoing display that offers patrons the opportunity to share what they love about their library. We will also offer a free screening of The Public on Wednesday, April 22nd, at 6:00pm. Popcorn and drinks will be provided; outside snacks are also welcome. For RI Library Day, in addition to fine amnesty, we will distribute special "Find Your Place" pins, designed by local artist and library staff member Jason Echkardt.  

Activities celebrating Rhode Island Library Day at the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library (Harrisville, RI)

Animal World Experience @ the Library
Saturday, April 25 at 11:00 am
Open to children and their families.

Puttin’ on the Glitz: A roaring 20’s revival party
Saturday, April 25, 7:00 to 9:00pm

Joining us for this FREE event will be vintage jazz group Miss Wensday and the Cotillions and the lovely Kristen Minsky for live music and entertainment! Help us celebrate Rhode Island Library Day 2020 by transforming our library into a fabulous roaring 20’s party. With live music and entertainment, candy buffet, photo booth, dancing and refreshments, it’s sure to be a roaring good time!  Light refreshments will be served.
Registration is required.

Westerly Library & Wilcox Park (Westerly, RI) will be having a Pete the Cat Pizza Party for all ages. We will also be waiving fines on Westerly Library materials all week starting on Monday, April 20th. Patrons who donate one food item to a local charity will have one fine forgiven on their account.

Send us your RI Library Day activity info, and we will share it here!

    If you are looking for material to use to help promote the event in your library here are some templates:

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