Rhode Island Library Day
Saturday, April 14, 2018


RILA invites you to participate in the 4th Annual Rhode Island Library Day on Saturday, April 14, 2018, which ties into ALA's National Library Week (April 8th-14th, 2018).  The purpose of this day is to host events and plan activities that will raise awareness about the wonderful things Rhode Island libraries are doing and how Rhode Islanders benefit from their libraries. Please use #rilibrarieslead on all of your social media posts related to RI Library Day 2018!


As part of the celebration, we are encouraging Rhode Island’s public libraries to participate in an Amnesty Day for those returning overdue materials on April 14th.  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:

  • Hosting author visits or guest lectures
  • Having raffles and door prizes throughout the day
  • Storytimes by special guests (local/state government officials, local celebrities, etc.)
  • Crafts and makerspace activities
  • LEGO┬« programs
  • Book sales
  • Special youth programming magic shows and entertainment
  • Movie marathons
  • Technology open houses
  • Tours for the public
  • Food giveaways

Please use #rilibrarieslead on all of your social media posts related to RI Library Day 2018!  Please contact our RILA Members-at-Large, David Meincke and Lisa Perry at membersatlarge@rilibraries.org with your planned events and activities or questions by April 1, 2018.

Here are some of the libraries that are participating. 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).

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

Barrington Public Library More info

  • 11:00am - 3:00pm. Makerspace, movies and more! Come and see our 3D printer and vinyl cutter in action. Drop in for crafts, button making and other surprises (while supplies last). Our Double Dahl film feature begins at 11 am with Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG, 1hr. 28 min.) and Matilda (PG, 1hr, 42 min.). More info

Adams Public Library (Central Falls) More info

  • 10:00AM - 4:00PM: Raffles from Launch Trampoline Park of Warwick, B&N gift cards (and a few other surprises) and giveaways while supplies last.

  • 12:00 - 12:30PM:  There will be a light lunch served to patrons

  • 12:30PM - 1:15PM: There will be a children's puppet show featuring local performer Roy Drew.

  • All activities are FREE and open to the public.

Cumberland Public Library More info

  • 10:00 AM - 5:00PM: Fourth Annual Harry Potter Day. This event is for all ages.

Foster Public Library  More info

  • 1:00 PM - 3:00PM: Library Scavenger Hunt (with free raffle drawing for participants) 
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00PM: Drop-in paper craft tables

Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library (Burrillville) More info

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00PM: Animal World Experience live animals for a very entertaining program, limited to the first 100 visitors. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

Middletown Public Library More info

  • 10am-12noon: Middletown Public Library Community Garden Tour, meet the Master Gardeners, get your questions answered!
  • 10am-12noon: 3D Printing Demo
  • 10am-2pm: Free personal income tax preparation by AARP volunteers
  • 10am-4pm All day in the children's department - while supplies last - a free gift to make and take home!
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm: Digital How-To Bring your library card and personal laptop/tablet/phone. We'll show you how to connect to all our FREE online services. Movies, TV shows, music, audio, e-books, magazines and more!

North Kingstown Free Library More info

  • Library-themed word search. Prizes: complete a special entry form or the word search and you’ll be entered to win a Town-Wide Gift Certificate!
  • 1:00 - 4:00PM: Free coffee and doughnuts in the meeting room, while supplies last.
  • 1:00 - 4:00PM: Author Expo. Ten Rhode Island authors will be displaying their books in the Meeting Room. Books will be available for purchase. Authors include: Etta Zasloff, Claremary Sweeney, May Volk, Joan Mead, Terry Schimmel, Judy Boss, Alda Kaye, Tim Warren, Debra Zanelli and Hank Ellis

Pawtucket Public Library More info

  • 9:00AM - 3:00 PM: Spring Book/Media Sale - Friends of the Pawtucket Public Library

Providence Public Library More info

Riverside Public Library (East Providence) More info

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm: Libraries are Great! A special story hour at the Riverside Branch Library. Enjoy some fun stories about libraries and books. Children will also make a craft and enjoy a treat! For families with toddlers and preschoolers.

Tiverton Public Library More info

  • 11:00AM - 1:00 PM: DIY t-shirt printing. Bring your own dark colored t-shirt to screen print a uniquely created design onto. Shirt design will be created by library staff member, Jason Eckherdt. More info and registration

Tyler Free Library (Foster)  More info

  • 1:00 PM - 3:00PM: Library Scavenger Hunt (with free raffle drawing for participants) 
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00PM: Drop-in paper craft tables

Weaver Public Library (East Providence)   More info
  • 9:00am -12:00pm Free Community Paper-Shredding Event for East Providence residents (Weaver Library side parking lot). 
  • 10:00am - 10:45am THE WORLD OF OWLS.  Presented by Julie Anne Collier of "Wingmasters". Meet five different native New England owls, plus a mystery guest. Learn how owls use their specialized powers of sight, hearing and flight to survive and thrive in the wild. Julie will also share a wealth of facts and folklore about these masters of the dark.

    For adults and children - Arrive early. Space is limited.

West Warwick Public Library  More info
  • 11:00am: Musical Performance by Burkina Yacouba, a master Kora player from Burkina Faso. His performances on this 21 string instrument are a transporting experience!
  • All Day: "Food for Fines" amnesty day-- all overdue fines being removed for bringing in a perishable food item. All proceeds benefit the West Warwick Senior Center Food Pantry.

Westerly Library More info

  • 10:00AM - 11:00 AM: Help us celebrate Rhode Island Library Day, no llama drama involved! Join us in the park (by the Runaway Bunny) as we read a crowd favorite, “Llama, Llama, Red Pajama,” by Anna Dewdney, makeour own little llamas, and get to visit with some alpacas from Stone Bridge Farm!
    More info and registration

Woonsocket Harris Public Library More info, even more info

  • Woonsocket Library is hosting our Welcome Spring Day at the library with games and crafts and more for all.  (FREE Tickets will be available Monday April 9th)
  • 1:00PM - 3:30PM: Welcome Spring Party takes place in the Children's program room Saturday April 14, 2018.Balloons, face painting, tossing games, crafts and more! (Ages 6& under 1-2 pm. Ages 7-12 2:30-3:30)

If you are looking for graphics or templates to use to help promote the event in your library here are some downloadables you can use!:

NOTE: All public libraries are participating in Amnesty Day as part of RI Library Day.


David Meincke and Lisa Perry

Co-Chairs, RI Library Day Planning Committee

Rhode Island Library Association

Members-at-Large, RILA Board

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