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Wednesday April 3, 2019 - Sunday April 21, 2019
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ArtsFest 2019 @ Central

Cranston Public Schools ArtsFest 2019

The Cranston Public Schools Visual Arts Department grades K-12 will exhibit at the Cranston Public Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road,  April 3 thru April 21. Opening Reception on April 10, 6-8pm. All are welcome.

CONTACT:  Jill Cyr    jcyr@cpsed.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Friday April 19, 2019
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Tea Party with Fancy Nancy @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Wear your fanciest accessories from top hats, head bands, and crowns and join us for a story time, craft, and "tea" at Oak Lawn! Open to all ages, but limited to 25 participants. 

LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Quidditch Training @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Get ready for the annual Quidditch Tournament this summer with some extra practice. Children in Grades 3-8 can learn how to play each position: seeker, keeper, chaser, bludger, and a few others. Basic drills will be followed by a short scrimage. Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Edna Hutchins  4019439080 x4  kids@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Adults, start your weekend off by calming down!  Every Friday, drop in to Auburn and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers will be available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed!

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Saturday April 20, 2019
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Cardmaking for Veterans @ Central
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join the Hope Highlands Middle School Junior National Honor Society as we create cards and write letters for veterans. All of the supplies will be provided, just drop by and create something to show your appreciation! This is an all ages, family event. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x121  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Citizenship Class 2 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Citizenship Class 1 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Picture Room
 
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Baby Shark Storytime @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Celebrate Baby Shark with this storytime for all ages. We will read books about sharks, do shark activities, and a shark craft too--everything sharks! And I bet you can guess what song we will sing...Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Rhode Coders: HTML & CSS @ Central
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The HTML/CSS club is recommended for people brand new to the world of web development.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Learn About Square Foot Gardening @ Central
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

What is square foot gardening? A Master Gardener will teach you how to grow all you want and need in only 20% of the space of a conventional row garden. No weeding... No thinning... No digging. Save time, water, work, and money.

Presenter Sandra Cook has been a Master Gardener since 2008 and a certified Square Foot Gardener since 2018. Her gardening inspiration comes from her mother. In her spare time, Sandra works as a Registered Nurse in the operating room.

This event, free and open to the public, is part of our Spring Forward gardening series. Participants at any Spring Forward event will be eligible to enter a raffle for a $15.00 Amazon gift card. Winners will be announced in June. Please contact the Central Reference Desk for more information.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Teen Book Club @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join the Cranston Central Teen Book club for a BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) meeting. Teens in grades 7-10 are invited to bring either your current read or an old favorite to share with others. Registration is not required and new members are welcome! Members receive two hours of community service for participating.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Rhode Coders: Javascript @ Central
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The Javascript club is a 10-week course designed for people with base knowledge of HTML & CSS.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Sunday April 21, 2019
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Library Closed

All CPL locations are closed.

LOCATION: All Locations
Monday April 22, 2019
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ESL Conversation Class @ Central
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us as we practice speaking English by having conversations with other ESL learners.  

CONTACT:  Chris Bourret    cbourret@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Seminar Room
 
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Spring into Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Welcome the arrival of spring in this half-hour storytime for children ages 3-5 to attend with their caregivers! Each storytime will feature a combinations of read-alouds, songs, a craft, and trips outdoors when the weather permits. Registration is not required. 

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you need some help with a knitting or crocheting project that has you stumped? Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker. Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. 

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Grief Support Group @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This is a general grief support group for those who have experienced loss. This group recognizes that grief is not limited to loss of a loved one. Grief can come from the loss of independence, a home, a relationship, a job, and more. Participants will explore, within a trusting and nurturing environment, their reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process, develop strategies for coping and begin to integrate these changes into their lives in order to move forward. This program is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  John Da Silva  401-438-0008  John.Dasilva@amedisys.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Tuesday April 23, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Spring Birthday Storytime @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bring your twos and threes to this celebration of baby animals.  Stories about newborn animals will be interwoven with puppets, scarves, and eggs.  Offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk a half hour before program.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Baby Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Baby Time includes open play and circle time with books, action rhymes and songs for children ages 0-2yrs. Share tips, tricks and fun with other parents in the community while your baby makes friends of their own. Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Spring Birthday Storytime @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 

Bring your twos and threes to this celebration of baby animals.  Stories about newborn animals will be interwoven with puppets, scarves, and eggs.  Offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk a half hour before program.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Tuesday Tech Tutor @ Hall
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in to see the Tuesday Tech Tutor and learn about programs and apps on the library's computers. Or else, bring in your own device and questions about what you would like to learn or are having trouble with. No appointment necessary. Just see the reference librarian during tech time each Tuesday.

CONTACT:  Sandie  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Community Tai Chi @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

All are invited to participate in community Tai Chi with instructor Phil Goldman, each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Suggested donation: $5. This program is open to the general public and no registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday April 24, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Storytime Station @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This 20-minute storytime features lots of rhymes, fingerplays, and songs--perfect for the youngest children. It is offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk.

Also, check out Play Central, an open play program, which is offered from 10:00 to 11:30 am allowing you to transition from play to storytime or storytime to play seamlessly.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401-943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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PlayCentral @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Toddler Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

 A lively storytime full of stories, songs, movement and crafts for children ages 2-3, designed to foster a love of reading and library visits. Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Reading in the Hall @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

All are invited to join us for our monthly book discussion, Reading in the Hall. This month's selection is also the Reading Across Rhode Island Book, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha.  Please call, visit, or email the library to reserve your copy of the book.  This program is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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YA for Adults Book Club @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

YA for Adults Book Club is a new Cranston Central book club for adults interested in reading young adult books. Please join us for an organizational meeting where we will discuss our first book, National Book Award winner The Poet X  by Elizabeth Acevedo. We will also talk about meeting dates, upcoming book selections, and group norms. This book club is perfect for those looking to branch out and read outside their normal purview! Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 X 112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Thursday April 25, 2019
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Internet Safety & Security Basics @ Central
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Lead a more secure online life on your computer and on the go with smartphones and tablets. We'll look at staying safe on social media, strong password creation, security programs and apps, safe Internet browsing, and best practices for your daily use. Registration is not required for this class.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Gigantic Storytime @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

 We'll read stories about dinosaurs, elephants, and other big things.  Recommended for 3-5 years with caregiver. Tickets will be handed out at 10:00 at the Youth Services desk in the Children's room.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Babies in the Hall @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This storytime for children ages 0-2 to attend with a caregiver begins with a half-hour of playtime followed by rhymes, a story, and a craft meant for little hands! The playtime will begin at 10:30 in the library's program room on the lower level, the rhymes and stories will follow at 11:00 in the picture book alcove on the upper level. No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Learning Lounge @ Central
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Learning Lounge is a time for adults to achieve their learning goals in a technology-assisted environment with guidance and support from experienced teachers and librarians. Discover and use digital resources for learning and career needs while you learn with and from your peers. Receive assistance with English & Writing, GED studying, job hunting, & computer basics. No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Latino Books Club @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Latino Books Month Award for the state of Rhode Island promotes literacy amongst Latinos through the celebration of Latino authors, illustrators and books that highlight Latino culture and Latin American identity. Over three weeks we will read and discuss the nominees for grades K-2. The last week we will each vote for our favorite! Registration is required. Visit http://www.rilatinoarts.org/LatinoBooksMonth.html to for a list of the nominees we will be reading and to check out the nominees for other age groups.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Friday April 26, 2019
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Move and Groove @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in on Friday mornings at 10:30am to Move and Groove to your favorite songs and stories! Open to 0-2, but older siblings are welcome to join in on the fun! Arrive upon opening at 10am for a free ticket. Limited to 25 children and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Stefanie  401-942-1787  sblankenship@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Adults, start your weekend off by calming down!  Every Friday, drop in to Auburn and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers will be available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed!

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Saturday April 27, 2019
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Shred RI Day @ Central
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for our annual Shred Event, sponsored by Mariner Private Wealth Management in Garden City (Ameriprise Financial).  Bring up to 4 boxes of paper and watch it disappear.  If you have more than 4 boxes you may get in line again.  http://www.shredri.com

CONTACT:  Julie Holden  401-943-9080 x101  
LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Citizenship Class 2 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Citizenship Class 1 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Picture Room
 
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Rhode Coders: HTML & CSS @ Central
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The HTML/CSS club is recommended for people brand new to the world of web development.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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American Girl Tea Party @ HAL
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join us for an hour of crafts, games, and snacks themed around the American Girl line of dolls and books - dolls are welcome! This program is intended for children in Grades K-5. Registration is required, space is limited, please inform the library of any dietary restrictions or allergies when registering.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Rhode Coders: Javascript @ Central
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The Javascript club is a 10-week course designed for people with base knowledge of HTML & CSS.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Sunday April 28, 2019
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Central Library Open
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Central Library will be open 1-5 pm

LOCATION: Central Library
Monday April 29, 2019
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ESL Conversation Class @ Central
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us as we practice speaking English by having conversations with other ESL learners.  

CONTACT:  Chris Bourret    cbourret@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Seminar Room
 
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Spring into Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Welcome the arrival of spring in this half-hour storytime for children ages 3-5 to attend with their caregivers! Each storytime will feature a combinations of read-alouds, songs, a craft, and trips outdoors when the weather permits. Registration is not required. 

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you need some help with a knitting or crocheting project that has you stumped? Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker. Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. 

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Grief Support Group @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This is a general grief support group for those who have experienced loss. This group recognizes that grief is not limited to loss of a loved one. Grief can come from the loss of independence, a home, a relationship, a job, and more. Participants will explore, within a trusting and nurturing environment, their reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process, develop strategies for coping and begin to integrate these changes into their lives in order to move forward. This program is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  John Da Silva  401-438-0008  John.Dasilva@amedisys.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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RIPIN Chronic Pain Self-Management Program @ Central
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Community Health Network offers the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP). The Chronic Pain Program was designed for people living with any type of chronic pain. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. All classes 5-7:30 pm. Six sessions, every Monday beginning April 29 thru June 10. No session on Monday, May 27.

CONTACT:  Sarah Lamontagne  401-270-0101 x128  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Genealogy Research Roundup @ Central
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you interested in genealogy and family history? Come join others interested in genealogy for our new monthly genealogy group and learn about the resources to help you right at our library.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced researcher, you will find ideas and and helpful tips at each meeting. Subsequent monthly sessions will revolve around a topic suggested by the group, and will consist of a brief talk by an experienced genealogist, and then an informal discussion of that topic by participants. The group will meet on the fourth Monday of every month. Join us for an interesting evening! 

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Tuesday April 30, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Spring Birthday Storytime @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bring your twos and threes to this celebration of baby animals.  Stories about newborn animals will be interwoven with puppets, scarves, and eggs.  Offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk a half hour before program.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Baby Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Baby Time includes open play and circle time with books, action rhymes and songs for children ages 0-2yrs. Share tips, tricks and fun with other parents in the community while your baby makes friends of their own. Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Spring Birthday Storytime @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 

Bring your twos and threes to this celebration of baby animals.  Stories about newborn animals will be interwoven with puppets, scarves, and eggs.  Offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk a half hour before program.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Tuesday Tech Tutor @ Hall
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in to see the Tuesday Tech Tutor and learn about programs and apps on the library's computers. Or else, bring in your own device and questions about what you would like to learn or are having trouble with. No appointment necessary. Just see the reference librarian during tech time each Tuesday.

CONTACT:  Sandie  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Poetry Reading @ Central
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Celebrate National Poetry Month with three local authors reading their own work.

Laura Marie Marciano is a managing editor for Barrow Street, a non-profit literary arts organization. She is the author of Mall Brat (2016) from Civil Coping Mechanisms. Interested in the relationship between art and commodity, she promotes intertextual poetry through her media collective gemstone readings and co-curates a multi-disciplined, experiential poetry exhibition series at Artbook at MoMA PS1 with the design partnership LAMM. She has performed at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Brown University, Silent Barn, and elsewhere. After earning an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Art at Brooklyn College, she pursued her PhD in creative writing at the University of Rhode Island.

Prizewinning poet, translator, and editor Peter Covino is associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island. He is the author of two poetry collections: The Right Place to Jump (2012) and Cut Off the Ears of Winter (2005) both from W. Michigan University Press, New Issues. Recent poems appeared in such places Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a day, American Poetry Review, Atelier, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Journal of Italian Translation, The Yale Review, and The Penguin Anthology of Italian-American Writing, among others.

Luisa Murillo is Director of Social Programs at Progreso Latino, a Central Falls nonprofit that helps Latino and immigrant communities. She is a 2019 recipient of the MacColl Johnson Fellowship for writers administered by the Rhode Island Foundation. Murillo is working on a manuscript that includes English, Spanish, and the indigenous language Quechua, and hopes to promote appreciation of Bolivian culture. 

LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Community Tai Chi @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

All are invited to participate in community Tai Chi with instructor Phil Goldman, each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Suggested donation: $5. This program is open to the general public and no registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday May 1, 2019 - Monday May 20, 2019
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Cranston East Senior Studio Exhibit @ Central

Cranston East Senior Studio Exhibit

The Cranston East Senior Studio will exhibit their artwork at the Cranston Public Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road,  May 1 thru May 20.

Opening Reception on May 1, 6-8pm. All are welcome.

CONTACT:  Mary Ann Schultheis    mschultheis@cpsed.net
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Wednesday May 1, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Storytime Station @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This 20-minute storytime features lots of rhymes, fingerplays, and songs--perfect for the youngest children. It is offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk.

Also, check out Play Central, an open play program, which is offered from 10:00 to 11:30 am allowing you to transition from play to storytime or storytime to play seamlessly.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401-943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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PlayCentral @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Toddler Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

 A lively storytime full of stories, songs, movement and crafts for children ages 2-3, designed to foster a love of reading and library visits. Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Urban Nature Explorers Nature Swap @ Hall
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us and our partners at the Roger Williams Park Zoo for a two-hour open play and Nature Swap event. This program is intended for children in Grades K-5 to attend with their familes, call the library to register! For more information about the Nature Swap program, visit the Roger Williams Zoo website: http://natureswap.rwpzoo.org/

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Cranston East Senior Studio Exhibit Opening 6-8 pm @ Central
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONTACT:  Maryanne Schultheis    mschultheis@cpsed.net
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Thursday May 2, 2019
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Gigantic Storytime @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

 We'll read stories about dinosaurs, elephants, and other big things.  Recommended for 3-5 years with caregiver. Tickets will be handed out at 10:00 at the Youth Services desk in the Children's room.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Babies in the Hall @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This storytime for children ages 0-2 to attend with a caregiver begins with a half-hour of playtime followed by rhymes, a story, and a craft meant for little hands! The playtime will begin at 10:30 in the library's program room on the lower level, the rhymes and stories will follow at 11:00 in the picture book alcove on the upper level. No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-487-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Latino Books Club @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Latino Books Month Award for the state of Rhode Island promotes literacy amongst Latinos through the celebration of Latino authors, illustrators and books that highlight Latino culture and Latin American identity. Over three weeks we will read and discuss the nominees for grades K-2. The last week we will each vote for our favorite! Registration is required. Visit http://www.rilatinoarts.org/LatinoBooksMonth.html to for a list of the nominees we will be reading and to check out the nominees for other age groups.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Friday May 3, 2019
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Move and Groove @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in on Friday mornings at 10:30am to Move and Groove to your favorite songs and stories! Open to 0-2, but older siblings are welcome to join in on the fun! Arrive upon opening at 10am for a free ticket. Limited to 25 children and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Stefanie  401-942-1787  sblankenship@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Adults, start your weekend off by calming down!  Every Friday, drop in to Auburn and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers will be available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed!

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Saturday May 4, 2019
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Citizenship Class 2 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Citizenship Class 1 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Picture Room
 
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Magnolia Pediatrics Art Gallery @ Oak Lawn
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a day of artwork created by children from Magnolia Pediatrics led by Linda Del Vecchio-Gilber. 

CONTACT:  Stefanie   401-942-1787  oaklawn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Rhode Coders: HTML & CSS @ Central
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The HTML/CSS club is recommended for people brand new to the world of web development.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Rhode Coders: Javascript @ Central
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The Javascript club is a 10-week course designed for people with base knowledge of HTML & CSS.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Sunday May 5, 2019
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Central Library Open
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Central Library will be open 1-5 pm

LOCATION: Central Library
Monday May 6, 2019
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United Way 2-1-1 Van @ Central
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The United Way 2-1-1 van will be in the upper parking lot of the Central Library from 9 am - noon. Get help with 2-1-1, your free and confidential resource for assistance with housing, food, childcare, and so much more. 

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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ESL Conversation Class @ Central
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us as we practice speaking English by having conversations with other ESL learners.  

CONTACT:  Chris Bourret    cbourret@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Seminar Room
 
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Spring into Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Welcome the arrival of spring in this half-hour storytime for children ages 3-5 to attend with their caregivers! Each storytime will feature a combinations of read-alouds, songs, a craft, and trips outdoors when the weather permits. Registration is not required. 

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you need some help with a knitting or crocheting project that has you stumped? Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker. Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. 

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Teen Team Meeting @ Central
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

The Teen Team meets the first Monday of the month through May (except for Monday holidays) at 4:15 to help plan teen programs and services and to raise funds for the Cranston Public Library. Members receive one hour of community service for each meeting attended. Pizza is served. Please note that this is our last Teen Team meeting of the 2018-2019 school year! Our June meeting will be a special Saturday volunteer orientation to get ready for summer reading.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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RIPIN Chronic Pain Self-Management Program @ Central
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Community Health Network offers the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP). The Chronic Pain Program was designed for people living with any type of chronic pain. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. All classes 5-7:30 pm. Six sessions, every Monday beginning April 29 thru June 10. No session on Monday, May 27.

CONTACT:  Sarah Lamontagne  401-270-0101 x128  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Tuesday May 7, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Spring Birthday Storytime @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bring your twos and threes to this celebration of baby animals.  Stories about newborn animals will be interwoven with puppets, scarves, and eggs.  Offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk a half hour before program.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Baby Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Baby Time includes open play and circle time with books, action rhymes and songs for children ages 0-2yrs. Share tips, tricks and fun with other parents in the community while your baby makes friends of their own. Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Spring Birthday Storytime @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 

Bring your twos and threes to this celebration of baby animals.  Stories about newborn animals will be interwoven with puppets, scarves, and eggs.  Offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk a half hour before program.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Tuesday Tech Tutor @ Hall
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in to see the Tuesday Tech Tutor and learn about programs and apps on the library's computers. Or else, bring in your own device and questions about what you would like to learn or are having trouble with. No appointment necessary. Just see the reference librarian during tech time each Tuesday.

CONTACT:  Sandie  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Community Tai Chi @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

All are invited to participate in community Tai Chi with instructor Phil Goldman, each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Suggested donation: $5. This program is open to the general public and no registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday May 8, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Storytime Station @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This 20-minute storytime features lots of rhymes, fingerplays, and songs--perfect for the youngest children. It is offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk.

Also, check out Play Central, an open play program, which is offered from 10:00 to 11:30 am allowing you to transition from play to storytime or storytime to play seamlessly.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401-943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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PlayCentral @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Toddler Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

 A lively storytime full of stories, songs, movement and crafts for children ages 2-3, designed to foster a love of reading and library visits. Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Creative Writing Workshop for Teens @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Get inspired to write in this three-week series of hour-long workshops intended for teens in Grades 6 and up. Each workshop will consist of quick-writes and games designed to improve your writing skills and jumpstart your creative side! Participants are also welcome to share projects they're working on outside the workshop. Registration is required, snacks will be served, so when registering, please let the library know about any dietary restrictions or allergies.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Board of Trustees Meeting @ Central
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Thursday May 9, 2019
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Babies in the Hall @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This storytime for children ages 0-2 to attend with a caregiver begins with a half-hour of playtime followed by rhymes, a story, and a craft meant for little hands! The playtime will begin at 10:30 in the library's program room on the lower level, the rhymes and stories will follow at 11:00 in the picture book alcove on the upper level. No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-487-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Cool Manga Kids @Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join the Cool Manga Kids Club to play games, watch anime clips, draw and create, and of course, enjoy free snacks! Every month we celebrate a different comic, manga and/or graphic novel series. Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Martha  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Friday May 10, 2019
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Move and Groove @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in on Friday mornings at 10:30am to Move and Groove to your favorite songs and stories! Open to 0-2, but older siblings are welcome to join in on the fun! Arrive upon opening at 10am for a free ticket. Limited to 25 children and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Stefanie  401-942-1787  sblankenship@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Adults, start your weekend off by calming down!  Every Friday, drop in to Auburn and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers will be available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed!

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Saturday May 11, 2019
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Citizenship Class 2 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Citizenship Class 1 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Picture Room
 
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Rhode Coders: HTML & CSS @ Central
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The HTML/CSS club is recommended for people brand new to the world of web development.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Rhode Coders: Javascript @ Central
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The Javascript club is a 10-week course designed for people with base knowledge of HTML & CSS.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Monday May 13, 2019
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ESL Conversation Class @ Central
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us as we practice speaking English by having conversations with other ESL learners.  

CONTACT:  Chris Bourret    cbourret@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Seminar Room
 
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Spring into Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Welcome the arrival of spring in this half-hour storytime for children ages 3-5 to attend with their caregivers! Each storytime will feature a combinations of read-alouds, songs, a craft, and trips outdoors when the weather permits. Registration is not required. 

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you need some help with a knitting or crocheting project that has you stumped? Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker. Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. 

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Fantastic Book Club @ Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Fantastic Book Club is a monthly club for young people in grades 3-6 which meets monthly from March to September at 4 PM at the Central Library. This spring and summer, the Fantastic Book Club will be discussing books about "a universe of stories," involving everything from outer space to telling our own story. Be prepared for a lively discussion! Copies of each month's selected book will be available at the Youth Services Desk. Registration is required. 

The May title is TBA.

CONTACT:  Edna Hutchins  4019439080 x4   kids@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Grief Support Group @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This is a general grief support group for those who have experienced loss. This group recognizes that grief is not limited to loss of a loved one. Grief can come from the loss of independence, a home, a relationship, a job, and more. Participants will explore, within a trusting and nurturing environment, their reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process, develop strategies for coping and begin to integrate these changes into their lives in order to move forward. This program is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  John Da Silva  401-438-0008  John.Dasilva@amedisys.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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RIPIN Chronic Pain Self-Management Program @ Central
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Community Health Network offers the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP). The Chronic Pain Program was designed for people living with any type of chronic pain. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. All classes 5-7:30 pm. Six sessions, every Monday beginning April 29 thru June 10. No session on Monday, May 27.

CONTACT:  Sarah Lamontagne  401-270-0101 x128  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Tuesday May 14, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Spring Birthday Storytime @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bring your twos and threes to this celebration of baby animals.  Stories about newborn animals will be interwoven with puppets, scarves, and eggs.  Offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk a half hour before program.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Baby Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Baby Time includes open play and circle time with books, action rhymes and songs for children ages 0-2yrs. Share tips, tricks and fun with other parents in the community while your baby makes friends of their own. Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Spring Birthday Storytime @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 

Bring your twos and threes to this celebration of baby animals.  Stories about newborn animals will be interwoven with puppets, scarves, and eggs.  Offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk a half hour before program.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Tuesday Tech Tutor @ Hall
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in to see the Tuesday Tech Tutor and learn about programs and apps on the library's computers. Or else, bring in your own device and questions about what you would like to learn or are having trouble with. No appointment necessary. Just see the reference librarian during tech time each Tuesday.

CONTACT:  Sandie  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
Wednesday May 15, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Storytime Station @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This 20-minute storytime features lots of rhymes, fingerplays, and songs--perfect for the youngest children. It is offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk.

Also, check out Play Central, an open play program, which is offered from 10:00 to 11:30 am allowing you to transition from play to storytime or storytime to play seamlessly.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401-943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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PlayCentral @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Toddler Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

 A lively storytime full of stories, songs, movement and crafts for children ages 2-3, designed to foster a love of reading and library visits. Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Creative Writing Workshop for Teens @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Get inspired to write in this three-week series of hour-long workshops intended for teens in Grades 6 and up. Each workshop will consist of quick-writes and games designed to improve your writing skills and jumpstart your creative side! Participants are also welcome to share projects they're working on outside the workshop. Registration is required, snacks will be served, so when registering, please let the library know about any dietary restrictions or allergies.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Thursday May 16, 2019
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Gigantic Storytime @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

 We'll read stories about dinosaurs, elephants, and other big things.  Recommended for 3-5 years with caregiver. Tickets will be handed out at 10:00 at the Youth Services desk in the Children's room.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Babies in the Hall @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This storytime for children ages 0-2 to attend with a caregiver begins with a half-hour of playtime followed by rhymes, a story, and a craft meant for little hands! The playtime will begin at 10:30 in the library's program room on the lower level, the rhymes and stories will follow at 11:00 in the picture book alcove on the upper level. No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-487-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Friday May 17, 2019
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Move and Groove @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in on Friday mornings at 10:30am to Move and Groove to your favorite songs and stories! Open to 0-2, but older siblings are welcome to join in on the fun! Arrive upon opening at 10am for a free ticket. Limited to 25 children and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Stefanie  401-942-1787  sblankenship@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Adults, start your weekend off by calming down!  Every Friday, drop in to Auburn and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers will be available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed!

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Saturday May 18, 2019
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Citizenship Class 2 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Citizenship Class 1 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Picture Room
 
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Rhode Coders: HTML & CSS @ Central
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The HTML/CSS club is recommended for people brand new to the world of web development.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Learn About Container Gardening @ Cental
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dig deep into container gardening with a Master Gardener. Learn how to start container gardening from scratch, with a focus on different containers, mediums, nutrients, and methods.

Presenter:
Master Gardener Richard Suls has been a gardener for over 15 years. His expertise includes container gardening, indoor gardening, raised beds, permaculture/Hugelkultur, and plant propagation. 

This event, free and open to the public, is part of our Spring Forward gardening series. Participants at any Spring Forward event will be eligible to enter a raffle for a $15.00 Amazon gift card. Winners will be announced in June. Please contact the Central Reference Desk for more information.

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Teen Book Club @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join the Cranston Central Teen Book club for a BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) meeting. Teens in grades 7-10 are invited to bring either your current read or an old favorite to share with others. Registration is not required and new members are welcome! Members receive two hours of community service for participating.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Rhode Coders: Javascript @ Central
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The Javascript club is a 10-week course designed for people with base knowledge of HTML & CSS.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Monday May 20, 2019
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ESL Conversation Class @ Central
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us as we practice speaking English by having conversations with other ESL learners.  

CONTACT:  Chris Bourret    cbourret@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Seminar Room
 
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Spring into Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Welcome the arrival of spring in this half-hour storytime for children ages 3-5 to attend with their caregivers! Each storytime will feature a combinations of read-alouds, songs, a craft, and trips outdoors when the weather permits. Registration is not required. 

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you need some help with a knitting or crocheting project that has you stumped? Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker. Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. 

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Grief Support Group @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This is a general grief support group for those who have experienced loss. This group recognizes that grief is not limited to loss of a loved one. Grief can come from the loss of independence, a home, a relationship, a job, and more. Participants will explore, within a trusting and nurturing environment, their reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process, develop strategies for coping and begin to integrate these changes into their lives in order to move forward. This program is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  John Da Silva  401-438-0008  John.Dasilva@amedisys.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Teen Board Game Cafe @ Central
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

You are invited to Teen Board Game Cafe! Teen in grades 6-12 can drop by to play classic and cooperative board games (Ticket to Ride, Forbidden Desert, Settlers of Catan, and more!). Bring your friends or meet new ones there. No registration required but space is limited to 25 participants. Snacks will be served! 

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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RIPIN Chronic Pain Self-Management Program @ Central
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Community Health Network offers the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP). The Chronic Pain Program was designed for people living with any type of chronic pain. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. All classes 5-7:30 pm. Six sessions, every Monday beginning April 29 thru June 10. No session on Monday, May 27.

CONTACT:  Sarah Lamontagne  401-270-0101 x128  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Tuesday May 21, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Spring Birthday Storytime @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bring your twos and threes to this celebration of baby animals.  Stories about newborn animals will be interwoven with puppets, scarves, and eggs.  Offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk a half hour before program.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Baby Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Baby Time includes open play and circle time with books, action rhymes and songs for children ages 0-2yrs. Share tips, tricks and fun with other parents in the community while your baby makes friends of their own. Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Spring Birthday Storytime @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 

Bring your twos and threes to this celebration of baby animals.  Stories about newborn animals will be interwoven with puppets, scarves, and eggs.  Offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk a half hour before program.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Sand Tray Story Making @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join the fun with this hands-on playshop with Clare Vadeboncoeur! Make your own story in sand! Children will be given a tray full of play-sand and can use toys to create their own stories, then share them with others. This program is best for grades K-5. Registration is required.

 
 
CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Tuesday Tech Tutor @ Hall
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in to see the Tuesday Tech Tutor and learn about programs and apps on the library's computers. Or else, bring in your own device and questions about what you would like to learn or are having trouble with. No appointment necessary. Just see the reference librarian during tech time each Tuesday.

CONTACT:  Sandie  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Book Discussion Group @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This month's selection is "The Women in the Castle" by Jessica Shattuck.

We regret that the Book Discussion Group is currently closed to new members.

CONTACT:  Zach Berger  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Community Tai Chi @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

All are invited to participate in community Tai Chi with instructor Phil Goldman, each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Suggested donation: $5. This program is open to the general public and no registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday May 22, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Storytime Station @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This 20-minute storytime features lots of rhymes, fingerplays, and songs--perfect for the youngest children. It is offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk.

Also, check out Play Central, an open play program, which is offered from 10:00 to 11:30 am allowing you to transition from play to storytime or storytime to play seamlessly.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401-943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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PlayCentral @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Toddler Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

 A lively storytime full of stories, songs, movement and crafts for children ages 2-3, designed to foster a love of reading and library visits. Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Creative Writing Workshop for Teens @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Get inspired to write in this three-week series of hour-long workshops intended for teens in Grades 6 and up. Each workshop will consist of quick-writes and games designed to improve your writing skills and jumpstart your creative side! Participants are also welcome to share projects they're working on outside the workshop. Registration is required, snacks will be served, so when registering, please let the library know about any dietary restrictions or allergies.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Book Discussion Group @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This month's selection is "The Women in the Castle" by Jessica Shattuck.

We regret that the Book Discussion Group is currently closed to new members.

CONTACT:  Zach Berger  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Reading in the Hall @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

All are invited to join us for our monthly book discussion, Reading in the Hall. This month's selection is Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez.  Please call, visit, or email the library to reserve your copy of the book.  This program is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Thursday May 23, 2019
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Gigantic Storytime @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

 We'll read stories about dinosaurs, elephants, and other big things.  Recommended for 3-5 years with caregiver. Tickets will be handed out at 10:00 at the Youth Services desk in the Children's room.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Babies in the Hall @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This storytime for children ages 0-2 to attend with a caregiver begins with a half-hour of playtime followed by rhymes, a story, and a craft meant for little hands! The playtime will begin at 10:30 in the library's program room on the lower level, the rhymes and stories will follow at 11:00 in the picture book alcove on the upper level. No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-487-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Book Discussion Group @ Central
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This month's selection is "The Women in the Castle" by Jessica Shattuck.

We regret that the Book Discussion Group is currently closed to new members.

CONTACT:  Zach Berger  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Friday May 24, 2019
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Move and Groove @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop in on Friday mornings at 10:30am to Move and Groove to your favorite songs and stories! Open to 0-2, but older siblings are welcome to join in on the fun! Arrive upon opening at 10am for a free ticket. Limited to 25 children and their caregivers.

CONTACT:  Stefanie  401-942-1787  sblankenship@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Adults, start your weekend off by calming down!  Every Friday, drop in to Auburn and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers will be available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed!

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Saturday May 25, 2019
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Citizenship Class 2 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Citizenship Class 1 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Picture Room
 
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Rhode Coders: HTML & CSS @ Central
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The HTML/CSS club is recommended for people brand new to the world of web development.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Rhode Coders: Javascript @ Central
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The Javascript club is a 10-week course designed for people with base knowledge of HTML & CSS.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Monday May 27, 2019
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Library Closed

All CPL locations are closed.

LOCATION: All Locations
Tuesday May 28, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Spring Birthday Storytime @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 

Bring your twos and threes to this celebration of baby animals.  Stories about newborn animals will be interwoven with puppets, scarves, and eggs.  Offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk a half hour before program.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Tuesday Tech Tutor @ Hall
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in to see the Tuesday Tech Tutor and learn about programs and apps on the library's computers. Or else, bring in your own device and questions about what you would like to learn or are having trouble with. No appointment necessary. Just see the reference librarian during tech time each Tuesday.

CONTACT:  Sandie  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Meet Michael Fine, Author of Abundance
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Noted local physician and author Michael Fine will read from and sign copies of his debut novel, Abundance, about “two young Americans [who] go to Liberia in 2003, looking to find something missing in themselves.” Based on the author’s personal experiences as a volunteer in Liberia, the book explores “the violence we practice on each other and the power of humanity to overcome it.”

Copies of this  “epic novel stretching from the civil wars of Liberia to the streets of Rhode Island” will be for sale. Free and open to the public.  

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 xd3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Community Tai Chi @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

All are invited to participate in community Tai Chi with instructor Phil Goldman, each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Suggested donation: $5. This program is open to the general public and no registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday May 29, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Storytime Station @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This 20-minute storytime features lots of rhymes, fingerplays, and songs--perfect for the youngest children. It is offered at 2 convenient times. There is a 10:00 am session and a 10:30 am session. Space is limited.  Tickets will be handed out in the children's room at the service desk.

Also, check out Play Central, an open play program, which is offered from 10:00 to 11:30 am allowing you to transition from play to storytime or storytime to play seamlessly.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401-943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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PlayCentral @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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YA for Adults Book Club @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

YA for Adults Book Club is a new Cranston Central book club for adults interested in reading young adult books. Please join us for a disucssion of A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. This book club is perfect for those who already love young adult literature, or are looking to branch out and read outside their normal purview! Registration is required.

LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Thursday May 30, 2019
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Gigantic Storytime @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

 We'll read stories about dinosaurs, elephants, and other big things.  Recommended for 3-5 years with caregiver. Tickets will be handed out at 10:00 at the Youth Services desk in the Children's room.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
Friday May 31, 2019
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Adults, start your weekend off by calming down!  Every Friday, drop in to Auburn and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers will be available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed!

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Saturday June 1, 2019
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Citizenship Class 2 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Citizenship Class 1 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Picture Room
 
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Rhode Coders: HTML & CSS @ Central
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The HTML/CSS club is recommended for people brand new to the world of web development.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Teen Volunteer Orientation @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Calling all teen volunteers! If you are going into grades 6-12 and are interested in volunteering at any of the Cranston Public Libraries this summer, you must attend this mandatory Teen Volunteer Orientation. At this meeting we will go over expectations for teen volunteers and make sure all teen volunteers have updated applications. Teens will then have the opportunity to sign up for which programs and opportunities they would like to volunteer for, so please bring your summer schedule and be aware of any days/times you are unavailable. All new, current, and previous volunteers must attend. No registration required. 

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft   401-943-9080 x112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Rhode Coders: Javascript @ Central
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The Javascript club is a 10-week course designed for people with base knowledge of HTML & CSS.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Monday June 3, 2019
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United Way 2-1-1 Van @ Central
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The United Way 2-1-1 van will be in the upper parking lot of the Central Library from 9 am - noon. Get help with 2-1-1, your free and confidential resource for assistance with housing, food, childcare, and so much more. 

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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ESL Conversation Class @ Central
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us as we practice speaking English by having conversations with other ESL learners.  

CONTACT:  Chris Bourret    cbourret@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Seminar Room
 
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you need some help with a knitting or crocheting project that has you stumped? Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker. Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. 

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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RIPIN Chronic Pain Self-Management Program @ Central
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Community Health Network offers the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP). The Chronic Pain Program was designed for people living with any type of chronic pain. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. All classes 5-7:30 pm. Six sessions, every Monday beginning April 29 thru June 10. No session on Monday, May 27.

CONTACT:  Sarah Lamontagne  401-270-0101 x128  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Tuesday June 4, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Tuesday Tech Tutor @ Hall
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in to see the Tuesday Tech Tutor and learn about programs and apps on the library's computers. Or else, bring in your own device and questions about what you would like to learn or are having trouble with. No appointment necessary. Just see the reference librarian during tech time each Tuesday.

CONTACT:  Sandie  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Community Tai Chi @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

All are invited to participate in community Tai Chi with instructor Phil Goldman, each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Suggested donation: $5. This program is open to the general public and no registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday June 5, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Friday June 7, 2019
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Adults, start your weekend off by calming down!  Every Friday, drop in to Auburn and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers will be available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed!

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Saturday June 8, 2019
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Art Reception: Sandy DaLuca & Bob Judge
1:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Artists Sandy DeLuca & Bob Judge invite you to join them 1-4PM at Central Library for their joint art exhibit in the James T. Giles Community Room exhibit space. 

CONTACT:  Rachel  x105  rhutch@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Citizenship Class 2 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Citizenship Class 1 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Picture Room
 
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Rhode Coders: HTML & CSS @ Central
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The HTML/CSS club is recommended for people brand new to the world of web development.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Rhode Coders: Javascript @ Central
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The Javascript club is a 10-week course designed for people with base knowledge of HTML & CSS.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Monday June 10, 2019
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ESL Conversation Class @ Central
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us as we practice speaking English by having conversations with other ESL learners.  

CONTACT:  Chris Bourret    cbourret@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Seminar Room
 
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you need some help with a knitting or crocheting project that has you stumped? Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker. Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. 

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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RIPIN Chronic Pain Self-Management Program @ Central
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Community Health Network offers the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP). The Chronic Pain Program was designed for people living with any type of chronic pain. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. All classes 5-7:30 pm. Six sessions, every Monday beginning April 29 thru June 10. No session on Monday, May 27.

CONTACT:  Sarah Lamontagne  401-270-0101 x128  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Tuesday June 11, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Tuesday Tech Tutor @ Hall
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in to see the Tuesday Tech Tutor and learn about programs and apps on the library's computers. Or else, bring in your own device and questions about what you would like to learn or are having trouble with. No appointment necessary. Just see the reference librarian during tech time each Tuesday.

CONTACT:  Sandie  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Community Tai Chi @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

All are invited to participate in community Tai Chi with instructor Phil Goldman, each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Suggested donation: $5. This program is open to the general public and no registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday June 12, 2019
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers English as a second language classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Board of Trustees Meeting @ Hall
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Thursday June 13, 2019
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Library Closed until 12 Noon
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Central Library  will be closed until 12 noon for a staff meeting. 

The Central library will be open from 12-5 pm.  

CONTACT:  Ed Garcia    director@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: All Locations
Friday June 14, 2019
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Adults, start your weekend off by calming down!  Every Friday, drop in to Auburn and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers will be available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed!

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Saturday June 15, 2019
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Citizenship Class 2 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Citizenship Class 1 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Picture Room
 
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Rhode Coders: HTML & CSS @ Central
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The HTML/CSS club is recommended for people brand new to the world of web development.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Rhode Coders: Javascript @ Central
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For the adult with little to no experience who has an interest in coding. Improve your analytical skills, or explore a potential new career path. Join us for FREE instruction, practice, and collaboration as you learn the basics of programming concepts and coding.

The Javascript club is a 10-week course designed for people with base knowledge of HTML & CSS.

Participants agree to complete a Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Form. This coming round of Rhode Coders (April - June 2019) is currently full.

CONTACT:  Cate Burlington    cburlington@provlib.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Monday June 17, 2019
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you need some help with a knitting or crocheting project that has you stumped? Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker. Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. 

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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First Amendment and the Free Press @ Central
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The New England First Amendment Coalition will present its ongoing community conversation, “First Amendment and the Free Press,” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 17 at the Central Library in the James Giles Community Room.
 
This event is free and open to the public. Speakers include:
LYNN ARDITI | Arditi joined The Public's Radio, Rhode Island's NPR affiliate, after more than three decades as a reporter, including 28 years at The Providence Journal, where she has covered a variety of beats, most recently health care. She has worked as a staff writer for The Center for Investigative Reporting and as a reporter for the former Holyoke Transcript-Telegram.
JARED A. GOLDSTEIN | Professor Goldstein teaches Constitutional Law and an array of Environmental Law courses at the Roger Williams University School of Law. He regularly publishes in top law journals and because of his nationally recognized expertise, he has authored numerous briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States.
JOHN KOSTRZEWA (moderator) | Kostrzewa joined the staff of The Providence Journal in 1988 and has covered the region’s financial institutions, general business stories and small business issues.He was named business editor in 1997. Kostrzewa graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and began his journalism career at the Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune.
AMANDA MILKOVITS | Milkovits is a reporter at The Providence Journal, where she has covered crime and justice stories since 2000. She has won recognition and awards for articles about high-profile issues including sex trafficking, gang slayings and the impact of gun violence. She has been a daily reporter for more than 20 years.
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Tuesday June 18, 2019
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Tuesday Tech Tutor @ Hall
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in to see the Tuesday Tech Tutor and learn about programs and apps on the library's computers. Or else, bring in your own device and questions about what you would like to learn or are having trouble with. No appointment necessary. Just see the reference librarian during tech time each Tuesday.

CONTACT:  Sandie  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Book Discussion Group @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This month's selection is "The Widower's Tale" by Julia Glass.

We regret that the Book Discussion Group is currently closed to new members.

CONTACT:  Zach Berger  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Community Tai Chi @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

All are invited to participate in community Tai Chi with instructor Phil Goldman, each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Suggested donation: $5. This program is open to the general public and no registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday June 19, 2019
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Book Discussion Group @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This month's selection is "The Widower's Tale" by Julia Glass.

We regret that the Book Discussion Group is currently closed to new members.

CONTACT:  Zach Berger  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Thursday June 20, 2019
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Book Discussion Group @ Central
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This month's selection is "The Widower's Tale" by Julia Glass.

We regret that the Book Discussion Group is currently closed to new members.

CONTACT:  Zach Berger  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Friday June 21, 2019
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Watercolor Painting with Sue Greco @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join artist Sue Greco for a watercolor painting event! Open to 12 participants ages 8-12.  Registration will begin on Monday, June 3rd.

CONTACT:  Stefanie  401-942-1787  oaklawn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Adults, start your weekend off by calming down!  Every Friday, drop in to Auburn and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers will be available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed!

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Saturday June 22, 2019
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Citizenship Class 1 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Picture Room
Monday June 24, 2019
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Outdoor Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Join us for an outdoor storytime for children ages 0 - 5 to attend with their cargivers. The program will last about forty-five minutes and include readalouds, rhymes and songs, creative activities, and games! No registration is required, but please note that there will be very little shade. Participants are encouraged to wear sunscreen and hats and bring blankets to sit on.

In case of inclement weather, the program will take place in the library's program room.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you need some help with a knitting or crocheting project that has you stumped? Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker. Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. 

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Summer Reading Performer @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

  Maurice Eighme of Circus Dynamics explores space in a fun and engaging way using a variety of circus props including hula hoops, juggling balls, spinning plates, slinkies, and more! The whole show is full of amazing tricks and even more amazing facts about our solar system.  Join us for this performance.  Recommended for children ages 4-8 years.  Tickets will be passed out at the Youth Services desk starting at 6:00 pm.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401943-9080 x118  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Tuesday June 25, 2019
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Play Date! @ Oak Lawn
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Looking for a place to have a play date this summer with your kids and friends? Drop in on Tuesday mornings to enjoy a variety of toys including cars, trucks, trains, dolls, a doll house, stuffed animals, a play kitchen, and more! Open to ages 0-5 but older siblings are welcome! 

CONTACT:  Stefanie  401-942-1787  oaklawn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Planet Kindergarten @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

   Just like the book, this class will prepare explorers to go where they've never gone before:  Kindergarten.  Recommended for 4 and 5 yrs.  

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  (401) 943-9080  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Play Date @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Join us at Auburn this summer for open play for families with children ages 0-5. Get out of the heat and have your play date with us and our library toys. Drop in any time during the hour to chill out and play together.
CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Astrology Poetry for Teens @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Teens going into grades 6-12 are invited to join local poet, Laura Marie Marciano, for this Astrology-themed poetry workshop. Teens will learn about their individual zodiac signs and draw inspiration from them as they create original works of poetry. Tickets will be handed out starting  fifteen minutes before the program.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x121  ataft@cranstonlibrary.com
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Watercolor Painting for Kids @ Hall
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Exercise your artistic muscles in this guided watercolor class with local artist Sue Greco. This program is open to children ages 8-18, registration is required, space is limited!

Registration will open on May 1, 2019.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Tuesday Tech Tutor @ Hall
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drop in to see the Tuesday Tech Tutor and learn about programs and apps on the library's computers. Or else, bring in your own device and questions about what you would like to learn or are having trouble with. No appointment necessary. Just see the reference librarian during tech time each Tuesday.

CONTACT:  Sandie  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Reading Room
 
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Community Tai Chi @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

All are invited to participate in community Tai Chi with instructor Phil Goldman, each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Suggested donation: $5. This program is open to the general public and no registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday June 26, 2019
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Space Station Art @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

It's all about the process of creating.  You bring children ages 2-5 years, and we'll provide different supplies and ideas based on a book or two for tons of fun.  Tickets will be handed out a half hour before the session in the Children's room at the Youth Services desk.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibray.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Summer Storytimes @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

These summer storytimes are special times for reading, singing and dancing with Martha! This program is for families with children ages 0-5. Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk a half hour before the program starts.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Bawana Iguana @ Auburn
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure is an exciting interactive program that both entertains and educates people of all ages about the mysterious world of reptiles and amphibians. All ages are welcome. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the program start time, space is limited.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Otherworldy Book Club for Teens @ Hall
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Share your favorite stories of the weird, strange, and out of this world at this book club for teens entering Grades 6 - 12. Registration is required, participants can earn volunteer hours by attending this program.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Open Tech Time @ Central
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop-in time where you can learn about or use the new technology we have in the C-Lab, like our 3-D printer, vinyl to MP3 Converter, or VHS to DVD converter. Or, use our laptop computers to practice what you learned in our computer classes. This time can be self-paced and independent or with assistance from a librarian. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Family Fun Night Program @ Central
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Family Fun Night Program TBD

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Reading in the Hall @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

All are invited to join us for our monthly book discussion, Reading in the Hall. Stay tuned for this month's selection.  Please call, visit, or email the library to reserve your copy of the book.  This program is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Thursday June 27, 2019
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Play Universal @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Children 0-5 are invited to play with a variety of toys to develop their imagination, dexterity, and social interaction with others their own age.  Fun for caregivers too. No registration or tickets required.

LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Music in Our Town Presents Nickel Jukebox @ Hall
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Kick off the summer concert series with Motown favorites by Nickel Jukebox. Bring a blanket or chairs and get comfortable on the front lawn. This program is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Front Lawn
Friday June 28, 2019
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Space Jam @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Stef & Martha for singing, dancing and stories that are out of this world! Open to ages 0-5, this is a program full of stories that will make you move! Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk starting a half hour before the program.

CONTACT:  Stefanie Blankenship  401-943-9080 x4  kids@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Zumba Kids! @ Oak Lawn
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join Miss Shana for Zumba Kids, a fun, upbeat dance program good for all ages! Tickets will be handed out half an hour before start time at 2pm. 

CONTACT:  Stefanie  401-942-1787  oaklawn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Adults, start your weekend off by calming down!  Every Friday, drop in to Auburn and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers will be available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed!

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Saturday June 29, 2019
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Citizenship Class 1 @ Hall
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) offers citizenship classes for adults. $25 registration fee (waived for those on state assistance).

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Picture Room
 
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Teen Book Club @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join the Cranston Central Teen Book club for a BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) meeting. Teens in grades 7-10 are invited to bring either your current read or an old favorite to share with others. Registration is not required and new members are welcome! Members receive two hours of community service for participating.

LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
Monday July 1, 2019
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United Way 2-1-1 Van @ Central
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The United Way 2-1-1 van will be in the upper parking lot of the Central Library from 9 am - noon. Get help with 2-1-1, your free and confidential resource for assistance with housing, food, childcare, and so much more. 

LOCATION: Central Library
 
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Outdoor Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Join us for an outdoor storytime for children ages 0 - 5 to attend with their cargivers. The program will last about forty-five minutes and include readalouds, rhymes and songs, creative activities, and games! No registration is required, but please note that there will be very little shade. Participants are encouraged to wear sunscreen and hats and bring blankets to sit on.

In case of inclement weather, the program will take place in the library's program room.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Rainbow Beard @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

  

Ricky Katowicz is the creator and host of a live theater production for children and their families called The Rainbow Beard Show.  

Audience participation is encouraged and the shows feature recurring characters, special guests, minute long dance parties, and a celebration of authentic feelings.  People often don't know what to expect and that is in itself the expectation

Join us for this performance.  Recommended for children ages 4-8 years.  Tickets will be passed out at the Youth Services desk starting at 6:00 pm.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Tuesday July 2, 2019
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Play Date! @ Oak Lawn
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Looking for a place to have a play date this summer with your kids and friends? Drop in on Tuesday mornings to enjoy a variety of toys including cars, trucks, trains, dolls, a doll house, stuffed animals, a play kitchen, and more! Open to ages 0-5 but older siblings are welcome! 

CONTACT:  Stefanie  401-942-1787  oaklawn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Planet Kindergarten @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

   Just like the book, this class will prepare explorers to go where they've never gone before:  Kindergarten.  Recommended for 4 and 5 yrs.  

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  (401) 943-9080  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Play Date @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Join us at Auburn this summer for open play for families with children ages 0-5. Get out of the heat and have your play date with us and our library toys. Drop in any time during the hour to chill out and play together.
CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Cupcake Wars @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Teens going into grades 6-12 are invited to compete in Cranston Public Library’s Cupcake Wars: Out of this World Edition. Each teen will be given an undecorated cupcake and access to a table of frostings, candies, and other decorations to create a space-themed creation. Cupcakes will then be judged in two rounds -- round one teens will vote for their top 3 favorites and then in round two a winner will be selected by a panel of library judges. Do you have what it takes to become the champion of Cupcake Wars? Tickets will be handed out starting fifteen minutes before the program.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x121  ataft@cranstonlibrary.com
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Community Tai Chi @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

All are invited to participate in community Tai Chi with instructor Phil Goldman, each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Suggested donation: $5. This program is open to the general public and no registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday July 3, 2019
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Space Station Art @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

It's all about the process of creating.  You bring children ages 2-5 years, and we'll provide different supplies and ideas based on a book or two for tons of fun.  Tickets will be handed out a half hour before the session in the Children's room at the Youth Services desk.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibray.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Rhode Island Computer Museum @ Auburn
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The Rhode Island Computer Museum visits to teach history and science through OZOBOT Robots to study the Moon. This program is developed for grades 3-5. Registration is required, space is limited.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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The Rainbow Beard Show for Teens @ Hall
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

In this workshop, participants will learn how to create their own YouTube persona - the first step on the road to viral stardom! This program is intended for teens entering Grades 6 and up, registration is required, space is limited.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Thursday July 4, 2019
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Library Closed

All CPL locations are closed.

LOCATION: All Locations
Friday July 5, 2019
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Space Jam @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Stef & Martha for singing, dancing and stories that are out of this world! Open to ages 0-5, this is a program full of stories that will make you move! Tickets will be handed out at the circulation desk starting a half hour before the program.

CONTACT:  Stefanie Blankenship  401-943-9080 x4  kids@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
Monday July 8, 2019
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Outdoor Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Join us for an outdoor storytime for children ages 0 - 5 to attend with their cargivers. The program will last about forty-five minutes and include readalouds, rhymes and songs, creative activities, and games! No registration is required, but please note that there will be very little shade. Participants are encouraged to wear sunscreen and hats and bring blankets to sit on.

In case of inclement weather, the program will take place in the library's program room.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Summer Reading Performer @ Central
6:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for this performance.  Recommended for children ages 4-8 years.  Tickets will be passed out at the Youth Services desk starting at 6:00 pm.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Tuesday July 9, 2019
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Play Date! @ Oak Lawn
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Looking for a place to have a play date this summer with your kids and friends? Drop in on Tuesday mornings to enjoy a variety of toys including cars, trucks, trains, dolls, a doll house, stuffed animals, a play kitchen, and more! Open to ages 0-5 but older siblings are welcome! 

CONTACT:  Stefanie  401-942-1787  oaklawn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Planet Kindergarten @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

   Just like the book, this class will prepare explorers to go where they've never gone before:  Kindergarten.  Recommended for 4 and 5 yrs.  

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  (401) 943-9080  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Play Date @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Join us at Auburn this summer for open play for families with children ages 0-5. Get out of the heat and have your play date with us and our library toys. Drop in any time during the hour to chill out and play together.
CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Watercolor Painting for Kids @ Hall
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Exercise your artistic muscles in this guided watercolor class with local artist Sue Greco. This program is open to children ages 8-18, registration is required, space is limited!

Registration will open May 1, 2019.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Zumba for Teens @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Teens going into grades 6-12 are invited to join us for an afternoon Zumba class! Zumba is a dance-based exercise guaranteed to be a ton of fun. No experience necessary, but please wear sneakers and comfortable clothes to move around in. Tickets will be handed out starting fifteen minutes before the program.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x121  ataft@cranstonlibrary.com
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Music in Our Town Presents a Kids' Concert with Bill Harley @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Bring a blanket, some chairs and snacks for a night of music for the whole family with Grammy Award winning musician and storyteller, Bill Harley. This program is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Front Lawn
 
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Community Tai Chi @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

All are invited to participate in community Tai Chi with instructor Phil Goldman, each Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Suggested donation: $5. This program is open to the general public and no registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adrienne Gallo Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday July 10, 2019
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Space Station Art @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

It's all about the process of creating.  You bring children ages 2-5 years, and we'll provide different supplies and ideas based on a book or two for tons of fun.  Tickets will be handed out a half hour before the session in the Children's room at the Youth Services desk.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibray.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Space Art @ Auburn
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Blending Art & Science, children will use NASA Images as inspiration for their own art. We will talk about how NASA gets it's pictures, shapes in landforms and the International Space Station. This program is best for children grades 3-5. Registration is required, space is limited.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Board of Trustees Meeting @ Oaklawn
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Family Fun Night Program @ Central
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Family Fun Night Program TBD

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: