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Saturday February 1, 2020 - Friday February 28, 2020
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The Esperanza-Hope Art Exhibition @ Central

Esperanza-Hope Art Exhibit will be held February 1-28, 2020 in the James T. Giles Community Room. Opening reception will be held Saturday, February 1, 2-4 pm. The art exhibit and reception are free and open to the public during library hours.

Esperanza-Hope is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to bring hope and embolden a positive vision of the future for the children in our community in Rhode Island, and for children in the poorest communities of the Dominican Republic.

The Esperanza-Hope Art Exhibition features the Masterpieces that were created by children between the ages of 6 and 15, during the Esperanza-Hope free art program. These master pieces are filled with colors, laughs, positivity, and love.

CONTACT:  Wilda Gutierrez  401-536-2151  info@esperanzahopeus.org
Wednesday February 19, 2020
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Storytime Station @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Swing by storytime station for jazzy rhymes, songs, and stories. This is a perfect first storytime for the littlest listeners, ages 0-2, and their caregivers.  

CONTACT:  Emily  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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PlayCentral @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

PlayCentral is an open play program for parents and caregivers interested in nuturing the early literacy development of children through play.  Registration is not required.  Check out Storytime Station, our storytime for 0-2 years, offered at 2 convenient times during Play Central.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-4080  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Storytime Station @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Swing by storytime station for jazzy rhymes, songs, and stories. This is a perfect first storytime for the littlest listeners, ages 0-2, and their caregivers.  

CONTACT:  Emily  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler time is a lively storytime for ages 2-3 full of stories, songs, movement and crafts, designed to foster a love of reading and library visits. Tickets will be handed out starting a halfhour before the program. 

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Virtual Reality Star Wars
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Grab your lightsaber and travel to a galaxy far, far away using the library's virtual reality equipment. Play Vader Immortal on our Oculus Quest headset, use one of our Google Expedition headsets to explore the solar system, and make a Baby Yoda craft to take home. 

All ages are welcome to use the Expedition headsets, observe the Vader Immortal program onscreen, and make a Baby Yoda craft, but you must be at least 11 years old to use the Oculus Quest headset. Click here to sign up for a time slot to play Vader Immortal on the Oculus Quest. No registration is required to use the Google Expedition headset or make the Baby Yoda craft.

*In order to participate in the VR experience, patrons of all ages are required to sign a mandatory waiver in person. Waivers are available at the library and will be provided prior to all VR programming dates. A parent/guardian must sign a waiver for children and teens under the age of 18.

CONTACT:  Corrie Alves  401-943-9080 x129  calves@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Cover to Cover Book Group @ Central
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This month, the Cover to Cover Book Group is reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

Space is limited. Registration is required and opens on January 16, 2020.

To register, contact the Central Reference Department.

For more information, visit the CPL Book Groups web page.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Escape Room: Murder Mystery @ Hall
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Beat the clock (and the police!) in this Clue-inspired escape room for children in Grades 4 - 12 (younger participants must be accompanied by an adult, this program is not recommended for children under Grade 2). Mr. Boddy has been murdered and you're the prime suspect - solve the clues and find the real culprit before time runs out! The escape room will be run in 20 minute increments in teams no larger than 5 players. Registration is required, space is limited.*

Due to anticipated rennovations, this program may be subject to abrupt cancellation or change of venue, the library will do its best to inform participants in advance of any changes.

Group 1 - 2:00PM
Group 2 - 2:30PM
Group 3 - 3:00PM
Group 4 - 3:30PM

Registration will open on February 1, 2020.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Mystery Slime @ Auburn
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

What kind of slime will we be making? It’s a Mystery! Come to this slime-making program for grades K-5 for a secretive and silly experience. Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  4017816116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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U.S. Census Bureau Information Sessions @ Central
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONTACT:  Mark Teoli  401-415-4830  
 
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Dungeons & Dragons @ Central
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Teens and adults ages 15+ are invited to join the Cranston Public Library Dungeons and Dragons campaign! Engage in adventure and collaborative story-telling. New and seasoned players welcome for this 6 session campaign. All materials provided. Registration for all 6 sessions is required and space is limited. Contact the Reference Desk at 401-943-9080 x3 or email central@cranstonlibrary.org.

LOCATION: Central Seminar 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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Midweek Medley Book Group @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This month, the Midweek Medley Book Group is reading The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

Space is limited. Registration is required and opens on January 16, 2020.

To register, contact the Central Reference Department.

For more information, visit the CPL Book Groups web page.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Thursday February 20, 2020
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Introduction to Gmail & Google Drive @ Central
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

An introduction to Google’s email service, known as Gmail, and their free cloud storage, known as Google Drive. We will also look at Google Docs. Basic computer skills are necessary for this class.

No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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AARP Tax Aide @ Central
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

AARP Tax Aide

Every Thursday beginning 1/30/2020 and ending 4/9/2020, 10am-2pm

Each tax payer must bring: Social Security Card, Photo ID and last years tax return - no exceptions.

No appointments-First come First served

For more info please call AARP at 1-888-687-2277

CONTACT:  AARP  1-888-687-2277  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Brrrrr-It's Cold Outside @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

This storytime for 3-5 years and their caregivers will explore opposites as in temperature with hot and cold using  books, crafts, songs and more.  Tickets will be available a half hour before the start of the program.

CONTACT:  Gail E. Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Babies in the Hall @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This hour-long play and storytime is intended for our youngest patrons, ages 0 - 2, to attend with a caregiver. Rhymes, songs, and a story will be read at 10:30 in the picture book alcove on the library's main level, followed by a craft suited to little hands. The room on the lower level will be open for the entire hour for playtime. No registration is required, drop-ins are welcome!*

*Please note, due to anticipated renovations, this program may be subject to abrupt change of venue or cancellation. 

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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I Spy Pokemon @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  Grades 3-5, join us for an hour of Pokemon fun.  Don't forget your cards. There'll be time for trading. Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  4019439080  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Spy Academy @ Hall
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you have what it takes to be a secret agent? Find out in this hour-long program intended for children in Grades K-5. Learn how to crack codes, send secret messages, and make your way through a laser maze! Registration is required, space is limited.*

*Due to anticipated rennovations this program make be subject to abrupt cancellation or change of venue, the library will do its best to inform participants in advance of any changes.

This program is full, there is room on the waiting list.

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 applying for jobs, writing your resume, studying for the GED, or improving your English and writing skills.

The service is free and is offered in partnership with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative. No appointment or reservation is needed. Laptops are available to use or feel free to bring your own device.

CONTACT:  Adult Services 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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Friday February 21, 2020
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Special Storytime: Meet Supergirl! @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us at the Oak Lawn Branch for a very special storytime presented by Supergirl herself! Our guest storyteller will share some hero themed stories with us as well as some well know songs and rhymes. After the storytime there will be time for guests to get their picture taken with Supergirl. Kids up to age 8 welcome. 

CONTACT:  Tayla Cardillo  401-942-1787  oaklawn@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Master of Disguise @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

 Can you change your face so no one knows you? Do you know how to blend in so you're not seen? Children in grades K-3 are invited to hear stories about different Masters of Disguise, then make a disguise for themselves. Tickets will be handed out a half hour before the program. 

CONTACT:  Edna Hutchins  401-943-9080 x4  kids@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed! Drop in to Auburn every Friday and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
Saturday February 22, 2020
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U.S. Census Bureau Information Sessions @ Central
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
CONTACT:  Mark Teoli  401-415-4830  
 
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Introduction to Photography: Photo Review Workshop @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join photographer Matthew TW Huang (picturesbymatt.com) for a series of photography workshops this spring

For this first class, bring in your own photos for an informal constructive critique where you will learn tips for picking points of interest, improving your framing, and other techniques.

 To register, call the library at 401-943-9080 ext. 3 or email central@cranstonlibrary.org

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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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 Picture 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 Program Room
 
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2020 Rhode Island Black Film Festival Exclusive Preview Event @ Central
12:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Please join us on Saturday, February 22 to celebrate Black History Month with these special events. Registration is required—please see information below.

Part 1 - 12:45 - 1:45 PM: U Street Contested Film Screening and Q&A

Join filmmaker Michael T. Barry, Jr. for a screening and Q&A discussion of his short film about the historically significant U Street neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and its current battle with gentrification.  This exclusive screening is made possible by the Rhode Island Black Film Festival.

Michael T. Barry Jr. is a doctoral candidate at American University in Washington, DC and a professor of history at Montgomery College in Maryland. He studies African American and Muslim American history and has produced and directed three documentary films. His films “U Street Contested” and “The Universal Soldier: Vietnam” have won and been nominated for numerous awards, as they have screened at film festivals and historic venues across the country.  He is a New England native, earning his bachelor’s from the College of the Holy Cross and master’s from Providence College. Follow him on Twitter at @MTBarryJr.  

Part 2 - 2:00 - 4:45 PM: Green Book Film Screening and Discussion

In this Academy Award-winning movie, “a working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South” (IMDb.com). Watch the film and join a discussion about Rhode Island Green Book locations moderated by Ray Rickman and Dr. Catherine Zipf. Green Book is rated PG-13.

Ray Rickman is a former Rhode Island State Representative and Deputy Secretary of State who is well known as a historian, preservationist, antiquarian book dealer, and Civil Rights leader. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Stages of Freedom, a community-empowerment organization with a multi-faceted mission to support, expand, and promote a variety of issues and opportunities relating to the minority community.

Catherine W. Zipf, PhD, is an award-winning architectural historian and author with expertise in historic preservation. Her research examines women's participation in American architectural and decorative arts history during the 19th and 20th centuries. She earned an AB from Harvard University and a MaH and PhD from the University of Virginia. She is the author of Professional Pursuits: Women and the American Arts and Crafts Movement, and is currently writing her second book, Making a Home of Her Own: Newport's Architectural Patronesses, 1850-1940, while serving as the Executive Director of the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society.

Both events are free and open to the public. Registration is required by calling the CPL Central Branch at 401-943-9080 x3 or emailing central@cranstonlibrary.org. Please put RIBFF Event in the subject line and let us know if you are attending one or both events.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Elephant & Piggie Solve a Mystery @ Auburn
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Elephant & Piggie have discovered a mystery. Can you help them solve it? This themed storytime will feature books, crafts, songs and fun! Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program. 

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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RITBA Book Club @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to join the Rhode Island Teen Book Award book club. Each month we will read books from the RITBA list and in February we will join teens across the state in voting for our top pick. Registration is required and new members are welcome! Members receive two hours of community service for participating. Snacks are served. 

 

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  4019439080 x112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
Sunday February 23, 2020
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U.S. Census Bureau Information Sessions @ Central
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Mark Teoli  401-415-4830  
Monday February 24, 2020
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Discovery Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Discover a world of stories and learn about a new topic every week in this half-hour storytime intended for children ages 3-5 to attend with their caregivers. Each storytime will include a fun science experiment or a craft - wear playclothes, it might get messy! Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome.*

*Due to anticipated renovations this program may be subject to abrupt cancellation or change of venue.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Census Complete Count Committee
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CONTACT:  Ed    
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
 
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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 February 25, 2020
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American Cancer Society-Relay for Life Information Table
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
CONTACT:  Alli Katterheinrich  243-2610  
 
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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Snowflake Storytime @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

This story time for twos and threes incorporates the five themes of early literacy: reading, writing, talking, singing, playing.  HOORAY!   Join us for stories about hot chocolate, sleeping bears, mittens, scarves...and snow.  Tickets are handed out starting a half-hour before the program.  Two sessions are offered.  The first one begins at 10:00 AM, and the second one begins at 10:30 AM.

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: Intermediate 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

Open play and circle time for ages 0-2 with books, action rhymes, and song. Share tips, tricks and fun with other parents in the community while your baby makes friends of their own. Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program. 

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

Our storytimes incorporate the five themes of early literacy: reading, writing, talking, singing playing.  HOORAY!   Join us for stories about hot chocolate, sleeping bears, mittens, scarves...and snow.  Tickets are handed out starting a half-hour before the program.  Two sessions are offered.  The first one begins at 10:00 AM, and the second one begins at 10:30 AM.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Otherworldly Book Club for Teens @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for a book club featuring a mix of mystery and historical fiction titles aimed at teens in Grades 6-12. This book club will meet one Tuesday a month from January-April. Registration is recommended, a limited number of books will be ordered for pick-up at the library by book club members.*

*Please note, due to anticipated renovations, this program may be subject to abrupt change of venue. The library will do its best to notify participants in a timely manner.

The Februrary selection will be the novel Paper Towns by John Green. "One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin 'Q' Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margot Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears." 

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Wednesday February 26, 2020
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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Storytime Station @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Swing by storytime station for jazzy rhymes, songs, and stories. This is a perfect first storytime for the littlest listeners, ages 0-2, and their caregivers.  

CONTACT:  Emily  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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PlayCentral @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

PlayCentral is an open play program for parents and caregivers interested in nuturing the early literacy development of children through play.  Registration is not required.  Check out Storytime Station, our storytime for 0-2 years, offered at 2 convenient times during Play Central.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-4080  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate 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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Storytime Station @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Swing by storytime station for jazzy rhymes, songs, and stories. This is a perfect first storytime for the littlest listeners, ages 0-2, and their caregivers.  

CONTACT:  Emily  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler time is a lively storytime for ages 2-3 full of stories, songs, movement and crafts, designed to foster a love of reading and library visits. Tickets will be handed out starting a halfhour before the program. 

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Urban Nature Explorers @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for Urban Nature Explorers in this family program for grades K-5. This time around the theme is Mystery and Spies in Nature! 

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  4017816116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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U.S. Census Bureau Information Sessions @ Central
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONTACT:  Mark Teoli  401-415-4830  
 
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Dungeons & Dragons @ Central
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Teens and adults ages 15+ are invited to join the Cranston Public Library Dungeons and Dragons campaign! Engage in adventure and collaborative story-telling. New and seasoned players welcome for this 6 session campaign. All materials provided. Registration for all 6 sessions is required and space is limited. Contact the reference desk at 401-943-9080 ext3 or email central@cranstonlibrary.org.

LOCATION: Central Seminar 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:  Adult Services 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 A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell.  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 Cranston Central book club for adults interested in reading young adult books. 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.

CONTACT:  AlyssaTaft   401-943-9080 x112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Thursday February 27, 2020
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AARP Tax Aide @ Central
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

AARP Tax Aide

Every Thursday beginning 1/30/2020 and ending 4/9/2020, 10am-2pm

Each tax payer must bring: Social Security Card, Photo ID and last years tax return - no exceptions.

No appointments-First come First served

For more info please call AARP at 1-888-687-2277

CONTACT:  AARP  1-888-687-2277  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Brrrrr-It's Cold Outside @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

This storytime for 3-5 years and their caregivers will explore opposites as in temperature with hot and cold using  books, crafts, songs and more.  Tickets will be available a half hour before the start of the program.

CONTACT:  Gail E. Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Babies in the Hall @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This hour-long play and storytime is intended for our youngest patrons, ages 0 - 2, to attend with a caregiver. Rhymes, songs, and a story will be read at 10:30 in the picture book alcove on the library's main level, followed by a craft suited to little hands. The room on the lower level will be open for the entire hour for playtime. No registration is required, drop-ins are welcome!*

*Please note, due to anticipated renovations, this program may be subject to abrupt change of venue or cancellation. 

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 applying for jobs, writing your resume, studying for the GED, or improving your English and writing skills.

The service is free and is offered in partnership with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative. No appointment or reservation is needed. Laptops are available to use or feel free to bring your own device.

CONTACT:  Adult Services 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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Friday February 28, 2020
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Favorite Character Storytime @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Each week we will celebrate a different children's book character, from the Hungry Catapiller to Pete the Cat. Come enjoy songs, rhymes, and readalouds with your favorite storybook friends. Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program. 

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

Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed! Drop in to Auburn every Friday and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
Saturday February 29, 2020
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U.S. Census Bureau Information Sessions @ Central
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
CONTACT:  Mark Teoli  401-415-4830  
 
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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 Picture Room
 
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Citizenship Event @ Hall
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

RI Family Literacy Initiative and the Citizenship Consortium will host an information event for the public. All are invited. Representatives from Citizenship Consortium partners and USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) will be on hand to speak and answer questions. This program is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  RIFLI Staff  401-455-8041  riflihr@gmail.com
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Explore STEM @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Children in Grades K to 2 can explore STEM (Science - Technology- Engineering - Mathematics) with hands on activities and related stories.  This week we'll explore engineering. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the start of the program. 

CONTACT:  Edna Hutchins  4019439080 x4   kids@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
Monday March 2, 2020
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Discovery Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Discover a world of stories and learn about a new topic every week in this half-hour storytime intended for children ages 3-5 to attend with their caregivers. Each storytime will include a fun science experiment or a craft - wear playclothes, it might get messy! Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome.*

*Due to anticipated renovations this program may be subject to abrupt cancellation or change of venue.

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

Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
 
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Teen Team @ Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Teen Team meets the first Monday of the month through May (except for Monday holidays) at 4:00 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. Snacks are served.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x 112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Tuesday March 3, 2020
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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Snowflake Storytime @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

This story time for twos and threes incorporates the five themes of early literacy: reading, writing, talking, singing, playing.  HOORAY!   Join us for stories about hot chocolate, sleeping bears, mittens, scarves...and snow.  Tickets are handed out starting a half-hour before the program.  Two sessions are offered.  The first one begins at 10:00 AM, and the second one begins at 10:30 AM.

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: Intermediate 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

Open play and circle time for ages 0-2 with books, action rhymes, and song. Share tips, tricks and fun with other parents in the community while your baby makes friends of their own. Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program. 

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

Our storytimes incorporate the five themes of early literacy: reading, writing, talking, singing playing.  HOORAY!   Join us for stories about hot chocolate, sleeping bears, mittens, scarves...and snow.  Tickets are handed out starting a half-hour before the program.  Two sessions are offered.  The first one begins at 10:00 AM, and the second one begins at 10:30 AM.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Reading Picnic @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Children will go on an indoor reading picnic with a teen mentor in this program for grades K-2. Each week, the librarian will read a book aloud and then kids will read in small groups with a teen volunteer and a snack. Children will practice reading on their own, experience a mentor relationship, and gain confidence as readers.

 
CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  4017816116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Wednesday March 4, 2020 - Monday March 30, 2020
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ArtsFest 2020 @ Central

The Cranston Public Schools

Visual Arts Department

ArtsFest 2020

Annual Citywide Exhibition

ArtsFest 2020 will be on display throughout the Cranston Public Library, March 4-30. Opening reception will be held on March 17, 6-8 pm in the James T. Giles Community Room. The show is affiliated with YAM(Youth Art Month) and the RI Art Education Association. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public during library hours.

 

 

CONTACT:  Jill Cyr    jcyr@cpsed.net
Wednesday March 4, 2020
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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Storytime Station @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Swing by storytime station for jazzy rhymes, songs, and stories. This is a perfect first storytime for the littlest listeners, ages 0-2, and their caregivers.  

CONTACT:  Emily  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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PlayCentral @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

PlayCentral is an open play program for parents and caregivers interested in nuturing the early literacy development of children through play.  Registration is not required.  Check out Storytime Station, our storytime for 0-2 years, offered at 2 convenient times during Play Central.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-4080  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate 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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Storytime Station @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Swing by storytime station for jazzy rhymes, songs, and stories. This is a perfect first storytime for the littlest listeners, ages 0-2, and their caregivers.  

CONTACT:  Emily  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler time is a lively storytime for ages 2-3 full of stories, songs, movement and crafts, designed to foster a love of reading and library visits. Tickets will be handed out starting a halfhour before the program. 

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Hands-On Science @ Knightsville
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 3-5 are invited to build animal-inspired robots with K'NEX, make slime, build marshmallow toothpick structures and more!  There will be a different challenge each week.   Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:  Nancy Gianlorenzo  401-942-2504  knightsville@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Knightsville Branch
 
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Robot Friends @ Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In this program for grades K-2, learn to write code and solve problems with the library's friendly fleet of Dash robots. They can move, talk, light up, draw pictures, and fire catapults, but only if you use code to tell them how! Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Edna  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
 
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U.S. Census Bureau Information Sessions @ Central
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONTACT:  Mark Teoli  401-415-4830  
 
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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.

LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Cookbook Club
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

March's cookbook selection is You Have It Made by Ellie Krieger. 

CONTACT:  Corrie Alves  401-943-9080 x129  calves@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Graphic Novel Book Club @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Sabrina by Nick DrnasoThis month the Graphic Novel Book Club will read and discuss Sabrina by Nick Drnaso. When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. An indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake news climate.

For more info or to sign up please visit the Reference Desk or call 401-943-9080 x3.

CONTACT:  Dave B.  401-943-9080 x111  davebartos@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Seminar Room
Thursday March 5, 2020
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AARP Tax Aide @ Central
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

AARP Tax Aide

Every Thursday beginning 1/30/2020 and ending 4/9/2020, 10am-2pm

Each tax payer must bring: Social Security Card, Photo ID and last years tax return - no exceptions.

No appointments-First come First served

For more info please call AARP at 1-888-687-2277

CONTACT:  AARP  1-888-687-2277  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Brrrrr-It's Cold Outside @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

This storytime for 3-5 years and their caregivers will explore opposites as in temperature with hot and cold using  books, crafts, songs and more.  Tickets will be available a half hour before the start of the program.

CONTACT:  Gail E. Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Babies in the Hall @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This hour-long play and storytime is intended for our youngest patrons, ages 0 - 2, to attend with a caregiver. Rhymes, songs, and a story will be read at 10:30 in the picture book alcove on the library's main level, followed by a craft suited to little hands. The room on the lower level will be open for the entire hour for playtime. No registration is required, drop-ins are welcome!*

*Please note, due to anticipated renovations, this program may be subject to abrupt change of venue or cancellation. 

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 applying for jobs, writing your resume, studying for the GED, or improving your English and writing skills.

The service is free and is offered in partnership with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative. No appointment or reservation is needed. Laptops are available to use or feel free to bring your own device.

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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Urban Nature Explorers @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Explore the wonders of nature that live in your own backyard! This hour-long program, offered in partnership with Roger Williams Zoo, will take place entirely outdoors (weather permitting) through play, stories, and nature walks, kids will learn all about the natural world. This program is intended for children in Grades K-5 to attend with a caregiver. Registration is required, space is limited.
CONTACT:  Elise  4017812450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Friday March 6, 2020
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Favorite Character Storytime @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Each week we will celebrate a different children's book character, from the Hungry Catapiller to Pete the Cat. Come enjoy songs, rhymes, and readalouds with your favorite storybook friends. Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program. 

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

Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed! Drop in to Auburn every Friday and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
Saturday March 7, 2020
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Introduction to Photography: Exposure Workshop @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join photographer Matthew TW Huang (picturesbymatt.com) for a series of photography workshops this spring

For this second class, learn how to use your digital camera on manual. If you have a DSLR or more advanced camera, find out how to expose your pictures by adjusting shutter speed, aperature, or ISO and know which settings to modify in various situations.

 To register, call the library at 401-943-9080 ext. 3 or email central@cranstonlibrary.org

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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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 Picture 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 Program Room
 
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Explore The Garden Tourist's New England @ Central
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Jana Milbocker, gardening expert and author, returns to Cranston Public Library with her very popular presentation about the many New England gardens that deserve a spot on your travel itinerary. In her latest book, The Garden Tourist's New England: A Guide to 140 Outstanding Gardens and Nurseries, Milbocker brings us to every state in the region with breathtaking results. After the presentation and Q&A, copies of the book will be for sale.

Free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Pod-crafting @ Oak Lawn
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you knit or crochet? Do you like podcasts or have wanted to start listening to podcasts but didn’t know where to start? Well we’ve got a new spin on a traditional knitting circle for you. Join us with your knitting, crocheting, or other portable, low-mess handicrafts and enjoy a podcast while you work. All levels of knitters, crocheter, and other crafters are welcome. No registration required. 

 
CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  4019439080  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
Monday March 9, 2020
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Discovery Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Discover a world of stories and learn about a new topic every week in this half-hour storytime intended for children ages 3-5 to attend with their caregivers. Each storytime will include a fun science experiment or a craft - wear playclothes, it might get messy! Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome.*

*Due to anticipated renovations this program may be subject to abrupt cancellation or change of venue.

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

Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
Tuesday March 10, 2020
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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Snowflake Storytime @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

This story time for twos and threes incorporates the five themes of early literacy: reading, writing, talking, singing, playing.  HOORAY!   Join us for stories about hot chocolate, sleeping bears, mittens, scarves...and snow.  Tickets are handed out starting a half-hour before the program.  Two sessions are offered.  The first one begins at 10:00 AM, and the second one begins at 10:30 AM.

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: Intermediate 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

Open play and circle time for ages 0-2 with books, action rhymes, and song. Share tips, tricks and fun with other parents in the community while your baby makes friends of their own. Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program. 

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

Our storytimes incorporate the five themes of early literacy: reading, writing, talking, singing playing.  HOORAY!   Join us for stories about hot chocolate, sleeping bears, mittens, scarves...and snow.  Tickets are handed out starting a half-hour before the program.  Two sessions are offered.  The first one begins at 10:00 AM, and the second one begins at 10:30 AM.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Teen Art Club @ Oaklawn
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you love art? Are you always doodling in the margins of your papers? Do you want to spread positivity in your community through sharing your work? Then this club is for you! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Oaklawn Art Club. Each week we will focus on a different type of art and create pieces based on challenges, themes, and personal inspiration. Some of our pieces will be available for the Cranston community to take home, such as bookmarks designed by the club. Our last meeting will culminate in a mini art show at Oaklawn where families and friends can view the art we’ve created and enjoy snacks. Registration for all 4 sessions is required. Teens earn 4 hours of community service for attending this program. All materials are provided. Registration will open February 25th.

LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Reading Picnic @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Children will go on an indoor reading picnic with a teen mentor in this program for grades K-2. Each week, the librarian will read a book aloud and then kids will read in small groups with a teen volunteer and a snack. Children will practice reading on their own, experience a mentor relationship, and gain confidence as readers.

 
CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  4017816116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Watercolor Painting for Kids @ Hall
4:00 PM - 6:00 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!*

This program is currently full, there is space on the waiting list.

*Please note, due to anticipated renovations, this program may be subject to abrupt change of venue. The library will do its best to notify participants in a timely manner.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Modern Mystery Book Group @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This month, the Modern Mystery Book Group is reading The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter.

Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, contact the Central Reference Department.

For more information, visit the CPL Book Groups web page.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Wednesday March 11, 2020
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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Storytime Station @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Swing by storytime station for jazzy rhymes, songs, and stories. This is a perfect first storytime for the littlest listeners, ages 0-2, and their caregivers.  

CONTACT:  Emily  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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PlayCentral @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

PlayCentral is an open play program for parents and caregivers interested in nuturing the early literacy development of children through play.  Registration is not required.  Check out Storytime Station, our storytime for 0-2 years, offered at 2 convenient times during Play Central.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-4080  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate 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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Storytime Station @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Swing by storytime station for jazzy rhymes, songs, and stories. This is a perfect first storytime for the littlest listeners, ages 0-2, and their caregivers.  

CONTACT:  Emily  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler time is a lively storytime for ages 2-3 full of stories, songs, movement and crafts, designed to foster a love of reading and library visits. Tickets will be handed out starting a halfhour before the program. 

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Hands-On Science @ Knightsville
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 3-5 are invited to build animal-inspired robots with K'NEX, make slime, build marshmallow toothpick structures and more!  There will be a different challenge each week.   Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:  Nancy Gianlorenzo  401-942-2504  knightsville@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Knightsville Branch
 
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Robot Friends @ Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In this program for grades K-2, learn to write code and solve problems with the library's friendly fleet of Dash robots. They can move, talk, light up, draw pictures, and fire catapults, but only if you use code to tell them how! Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Edna  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
 
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U.S. Census Bureau Information Sessions @ Central
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONTACT:  Mark Teoli  401-415-4830  
 
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Dungeons & Dragons @ Central
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Teens and adults ages 15+ are invited to join the Cranston Public Library Dungeons and Dragons campaign! Engage in adventure and collaborative story-telling. New and seasoned players welcome for this 6 session campaign. All materials provided. Registration for all 6 sessions is required and space is limited. Contact the reference desk at 401-943-9080 ext3 or email central@cranstonlibrary.org.

LOCATION: Central Seminar 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.

LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Board of Trustees Meeting @ Oak Lawn
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Sci Fi Book Group @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This month, the Sci Fi Book Group is reading The Martian by Andy Weir.

Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, contact the Central Reference Department.

For more information, visit the CPL Book Groups web page.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
Thursday March 12, 2020
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AARP Tax Aide @ Central
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

AARP Tax Aide

Every Thursday beginning 1/30/2020 and ending 4/9/2020, 10am-2pm

Each tax payer must bring: Social Security Card, Photo ID and last years tax return - no exceptions.

No appointments-First come First served

For more info please call AARP at 1-888-687-2277

CONTACT:  AARP  1-888-687-2277  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Brrrrr-It's Cold Outside @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

This storytime for 3-5 years and their caregivers will explore opposites as in temperature with hot and cold using  books, crafts, songs and more.  Tickets will be available a half hour before the start of the program.

CONTACT:  Gail E. Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Babies in the Hall @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This hour-long play and storytime is intended for our youngest patrons, ages 0 - 2, to attend with a caregiver. Rhymes, songs, and a story will be read at 10:30 in the picture book alcove on the library's main level, followed by a craft suited to little hands. The room on the lower level will be open for the entire hour for playtime. No registration is required, drop-ins are welcome!*

*Please note, due to anticipated renovations, this program may be subject to abrupt change of venue or cancellation. 

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 applying for jobs, writing your resume, studying for the GED, or improving your English and writing skills.

The service is free and is offered in partnership with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative. No appointment or reservation is needed. Laptops are available to use or feel free to bring your own device.

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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Cool Manga Kids @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join the Cool Manga Kids Club for grades 6-12 to play games, watch anime clips, draw and create, and, of course, enjoy free snacks!  Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
 
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Urban Nature Explorers @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Explore the wonders of nature that live in your own backyard! This hour-long program, offered in partnership with Roger Williams Zoo, will take place entirely outdoors (weather permitting) through play, stories, and nature walks, kids will learn all about the natural world. This program is intended for children in Grades K-5 to attend with a caregiver. Registration is required, space is limited.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Friday March 13, 2020
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Favorite Character Storytime @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Each week we will celebrate a different children's book character, from the Hungry Catapiller to Pete the Cat. Come enjoy songs, rhymes, and readalouds with your favorite storybook friends. Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program. 

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

Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed! Drop in to Auburn every Friday and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
Saturday March 14, 2020
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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 Picture 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 Program Room
 
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Explore STEM @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Children in Grades K to 2 can explore STEM (Science - Technology- Engineering - Mathematics) with hands on activities and related stories.  We'll explore mathematics by making Pi pictures and celebrate Pi Day with some tasty treats. This week, family members are invited to attend. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the start of the program. 

CONTACT:  Edna Hutchins  4019439080 x4   kids@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Monday March 16, 2020
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Discovery Storytime @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Discover a world of stories and learn about a new topic every week in this half-hour storytime intended for children ages 3-5 to attend with their caregivers. Each storytime will include a fun science experiment or a craft - wear playclothes, it might get messy! Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome.*

*Due to anticipated renovations this program may be subject to abrupt cancellation or change of venue.

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

Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
Tuesday March 17, 2020
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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Snowflake Storytime @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

This story time for twos and threes incorporates the five themes of early literacy: reading, writing, talking, singing, playing.  HOORAY!   Join us for stories about hot chocolate, sleeping bears, mittens, scarves...and snow.  Tickets are handed out starting a half-hour before the program.  Two sessions are offered.  The first one begins at 10:00 AM, and the second one begins at 10:30 AM.

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: Intermediate 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

Open play and circle time for ages 0-2 with books, action rhymes, and song. Share tips, tricks and fun with other parents in the community while your baby makes friends of their own. Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program. 

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

Our storytimes incorporate the five themes of early literacy: reading, writing, talking, singing, playing.  HOORAY!   Join us for stories about hot chocolate, sleeping bears, mittens, scarves...and snow.  Tickets are handed out starting a half-hour before the program.  Two sessions are offered.  The first one begins at 10:00 AM, and the second one begins at 10:30 AM.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9080 x4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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BUSY
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Teen Art Club @ Oaklawn
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you love art? Are you always doodling in the margins of your papers? Do you want to spread positivity in your community through sharing your work? Then this club is for you! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Oaklawn Art Club. Each week we will focus on a different type of art and create pieces based on challenges, themes, and personal inspiration. Some of our pieces will be available for the Cranston community to take home, such as bookmarks designed by the club. Our last meeting will culminate in a mini art show at Oaklawn where families and friends can view the art we’ve created and enjoy snacks. Registration for all 4 sessions is required. Teens earn 4 hours of community service for attending this program. All materials are provided. Registration will open February 25th.

LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Reading Picnic @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Children will go on an indoor reading picnic with a teen mentor in this program for grades K-2. Each week, the librarian will read a book aloud and then kids will read in small groups with a teen volunteer and a snack. Children will practice reading on their own, experience a mentor relationship, and gain confidence as readers.

 
CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  4017816116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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ArtsFest 2020 Reception @ Central
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONTACT:  Jill Cyr    jcyr@cpsed.net
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Wednesday March 18, 2020
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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Storytime Station @ Central
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Swing by storytime station for jazzy rhymes, songs, and stories. This is a perfect first storytime for the littlest listeners, ages 0-2, and their caregivers.  

CONTACT:  Emily  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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PlayCentral @ Central
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

PlayCentral is an open play program for parents and caregivers interested in nuturing the early literacy development of children through play.  Registration is not required.  Check out Storytime Station, our storytime for 0-2 years, offered at 2 convenient times during Play Central.

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-4080  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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English as a Second Language: Intermediate 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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Storytime Station @ Central
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Swing by storytime station for jazzy rhymes, songs, and stories. This is a perfect first storytime for the littlest listeners, ages 0-2, and their caregivers.  

CONTACT:  Emily  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
 
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Toddler Time @ Auburn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler time is a lively storytime for ages 2-3 full of stories, songs, movement and crafts, designed to foster a love of reading and library visits. Tickets will be handed out starting a halfhour before the program. 

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Hands-On Science @ Knightsville
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 3-5 are invited to build animal-inspired robots with K'NEX, make slime, build marshmallow toothpick structures and more!  There will be a different challenge each week.   Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:  Nancy Gianlorenzo  401-942-2504  knightsville@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Knightsville Branch
 
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Robot Friends @ Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In this program for grades K-2, learn to write code and solve problems with the library's friendly fleet of Dash robots. They can move, talk, light up, draw pictures, and fire catapults, but only if you use code to tell them how! Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Edna  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
 
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U.S. Census Bureau Information Sessions @ Central
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONTACT:  Mark Teoli  401-415-4830  
 
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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.

LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
Thursday March 19, 2020
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AARP Tax Aide @ Central
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

AARP Tax Aide

Every Thursday beginning 1/30/2020 and ending 4/9/2020, 10am-2pm

Each tax payer must bring: Social Security Card, Photo ID and last years tax return - no exceptions.

No appointments-First come First served

For more info please call AARP at 1-888-687-2277

CONTACT:  AARP  1-888-687-2277  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Babies in the Hall @ Hall
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This hour-long play and storytime is intended for our youngest patrons, ages 0 - 2, to attend with a caregiver. Rhymes, songs, and a story will be read at 10:30 in the picture book alcove on the library's main level, followed by a craft suited to little hands. The room on the lower level will be open for the entire hour for playtime. No registration is required, drop-ins are welcome!*

*Please note, due to anticipated renovations, this program may be subject to abrupt change of venue or cancellation. 

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 applying for jobs, writing your resume, studying for the GED, or improving your English and writing skills.

The service is free and is offered in partnership with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative. No appointment or reservation is needed. Laptops are available to use or feel free to bring your own device.

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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Urban Nature Explorers @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Explore the wonders of nature that live in your own backyard! This hour-long program, offered in partnership with Roger Williams Zoo, will take place entirely outdoors (weather permitting) through play, stories, and nature walks, kids will learn all about the natural world. This program is intended for children in Grades K-5 to attend with a caregiver. Registration is required, space is limited.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Friday March 20, 2020
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Favorite Character Storytime @ Oak Lawn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Each week we will celebrate a different children's book character, from the Hungry Catapiller to Pete the Cat. Come enjoy songs, rhymes, and readalouds with your favorite storybook friends. Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program. 

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

Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed! Drop in to Auburn every Friday and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
Saturday March 21, 2020
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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 Picture 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 Program Room
 
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Llama Llama Storytime @ Auburn
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

A fun family storytime with a Llama Llama theme. We will read Llama Llama books, sing songs and do a Llama Llama craft. Come prepared for lots of fun! Tickets will be handed out starting a half-hour before the program. 

CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  401-781-6116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
 
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Teen Bring Your Own Book Club @ Central
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to "bring your own book" to the discussion and find out what other teens are reading.  Earn community service hours, too!

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program Room
Monday March 23, 2020
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
 
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Super Jake and The King of Chaos @ Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

   Grades 3-5.  Author Naomi Milliner, author of Super Jake and the King of Chaos will be visiting April 29th at 6 PM.  So let's get together ahead of time to discuss the novel, figure out our questions AND practice some magic.  Contact Miss Gail to get your copy of the novel

CONTACT:  Gail Stokes  401 943-9800 x 4  gstokes@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Children's Program 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
 
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Special Book Discussion Group @ Hall
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Please join us for a special discussion of the book Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. Dr. Carolyn Betensky, professor of English at University of Rhode Island

CONTACT:  Adrienne Girard  401-781-2450  hall@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Tuesday March 24, 2020
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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English as a Second Language: Intermediate 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
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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Teen Art Club @ Oaklawn
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you love art? Are you always doodling in the margins of your papers? Do you want to spread positivity in your community through sharing your work? Then this club is for you! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Oaklawn Art Club. Each week we will focus on a different type of art and create pieces based on challenges, themes, and personal inspiration. Some of our pieces will be available for the Cranston community to take home, such as bookmarks designed by the club. Our last meeting will culminate in a mini art show at Oaklawn where families and friends can view the art we’ve created and enjoy snacks. Registration for all 4 sessions is required. Teens earn 4 hours of community service for attending this program. All materials are provided. Registration will open February 25th.

LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Reading Picnic @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Children will go on an indoor reading picnic with a teen mentor in this program for grades K-2. Each week, the librarian will read a book aloud and then kids will read in small groups with a teen volunteer and a snack. Children will practice reading on their own, experience a mentor relationship, and gain confidence as readers.

 
CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  4017816116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Wednesday March 25, 2020
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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English as a Second Language: Intermediate 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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Hands-On Science @ Knightsville
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 3-5 are invited to build animal-inspired robots with K'NEX, make slime, build marshmallow toothpick structures and more!  There will be a different challenge each week.   Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:  Nancy Gianlorenzo  401-942-2504  knightsville@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Knightsville Branch
 
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Robot Friends @ Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In this program for grades K-2, learn to write code and solve problems with the library's friendly fleet of Dash robots. They can move, talk, light up, draw pictures, and fire catapults, but only if you use code to tell them how! Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Edna  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
 
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U.S. Census Bureau Information Sessions @ Central
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONTACT:  Mark Teoli  401-415-4830  
 
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Dungeons & Dragons @ Central
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Teens and adults ages 15+ are invited to join the Cranston Public Library Dungeons and Dragons campaign! Engage in adventure and collaborative story-telling. New and seasoned players welcome for this 6 session campaign. All materials provided. Registration for all 6 sessions is required and space is limited. Contact the reference desk at 401-943-9080 ext3 or email central@cranstonlibrary.org.

LOCATION: Central Seminar 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.

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 Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken.  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 Cranston Central book club for adults interested in reading young adult books. 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.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Taft  401-943-9080 x112  ataft@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community Room
Thursday March 26, 2020
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AARP Tax Aide @ Central
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

AARP Tax Aide

Every Thursday beginning 1/30/2020 and ending 4/9/2020, 10am-2pm

Each tax payer must bring: Social Security Card, Photo ID and last years tax return - no exceptions.

No appointments-First come First served

For more info please call AARP at 1-888-687-2277

CONTACT:  AARP  1-888-687-2277  
LOCATION: Central James T. Giles Community 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 applying for jobs, writing your resume, studying for the GED, or improving your English and writing skills.

The service is free and is offered in partnership with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative. No appointment or reservation is needed. Laptops are available to use or feel free to bring your own device.

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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Urban Nature Explorers @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Explore the wonders of nature that live in your own backyard! This hour-long program, offered in partnership with Roger Williams Zoo, will take place entirely outdoors (weather permitting) through play, stories, and nature walks, kids will learn all about the natural world. This program is intended for children in Grades K-5 to attend with a caregiver. Registration is required, space is limited.

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
Friday March 27, 2020
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Color and Calm @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed! Drop in to Auburn every Friday and color. Coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
Saturday March 28, 2020
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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 Picture 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 Program Room
 
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RI State Archives Traveling Treasures @ Central
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment with this pop-up exhibit presented by the Rhode Island State Archives. The exhibit will feature records from the State Archives including petitions, letters, photographs, and the records of the Rhode Island Equal Suffrage Association. Together, these historic records explore the work for women’s suffrage in Rhode Island and tell the story of support and opposition leading up to 1920.

LOCATION: Central Library
Monday March 30, 2020
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Knit and Crochet Crafters @ Auburn
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Work on a project, get help with something new or knit for a charity cause. Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join our knit and crochet circle led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker.

CONTACT:  Karen McGrath  401-781-6116  auburn@cranstonlibrary.org
Tuesday March 31, 2020
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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English as a Second Language: Intermediate 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
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:  Adult Services Department  401-943-9080 x3  central@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Teen Art Club @ Oaklawn
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you love art? Are you always doodling in the margins of your papers? Do you want to spread positivity in your community through sharing your work? Then this club is for you! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Oaklawn Art Club. Each week we will focus on a different type of art and create pieces based on challenges, themes, and personal inspiration. Some of our pieces will be available for the Cranston community to take home, such as bookmarks designed by the club. Our last meeting will culminate in a mini art show at Oaklawn where families and friends can view the art we’ve created and enjoy snacks. Registration for all 4 sessions is required. Teens earn 4 hours of community service for attending this program. All materials are provided. Registration will open February 25th.

LOCATION: Oak Lawn Branch
 
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Otherworldly Book Club for Teens @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for a book club featuring a mix of mystery and historical fiction titles aimed at teens in Grades 6-12. This book club will meet one Tuesday a month from January-April. Registration is recommended, a limited number of books will be ordered for pick-up at the library by book club members.

The March selection will be the novel Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney. "When Elizabeth Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn't have an easy time. When she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-Mechanical (one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school), she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program. Only this Bio-Mechanical isn't like the others. Soon, Elizabeth realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein - a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Suddenly Elizabeth finds herself entwined in his dark secrets, ones he might have been murdered to keep buried."

CONTACT:  Elise  401-781-2450  epetrarca@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: William Hall Library Program Room
 
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Reading Picnic @ Auburn
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Children will go on an indoor reading picnic with a teen mentor in this program for grades K-2. Each week, the librarian will read a book aloud and then kids will read in small groups with a teen volunteer and a snack. Children will practice reading on their own, experience a mentor relationship, and gain confidence as readers.

 
CONTACT:  Martha Boksenbaum  4017816116  mboksenbaum@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Auburn Branch
Wednesday April 1, 2020
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English as a Second Language: Beginner Class @ Hall
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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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English as a Second Language: Intermediate 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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Hands-On Science @ Knightsville
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grades 3-5 are invited to build animal-inspired robots with K'NEX, make slime, build marshmallow toothpick structures and more!  There will be a different challenge each week.   Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:  Nancy Gianlorenzo  401-942-2504  knightsville@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Knightsville Branch
 
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Robot Friends @ Central
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In this program for grades K-2, learn to write code and solve problems with the library's friendly fleet of Dash robots. They can move, talk, light up, draw pictures, and fire catapults, but only if you use code to tell them how! Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Edna  401-943-9080 x4  
LOCATION: James T. Giles Community Room
 
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Writing and Illustrating Workshop for Teens @ Hall
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Work on creative projects and get inspired to try something new in this five-week program intended for teens in Grades 6-12. Teens will be encouraged to nurture their talents in writing and art through prompts and discussion. Registration is required, space is limited.

Registration for this program will open on March 1st, 2020. 

CONTACT:  Elise Petrarca  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.

LOCATION: Central Library C Lab
 
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Graphic Novel Book Club @ Central
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Fun Home by Alison BechdelThis month the Graphic Novel Book Club will read and discuss Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father - an obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian house, a third-generation funeral home director, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned 'fun home,' as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books.

For more info or to sign up please visit the Reference Desk or call 401-943-9080 x3.

CONTACT:  Dave B.  401-943-9080 x111  davebartos@cranstonlibrary.org
LOCATION: Central Seminar Room
Thursday April 2, 2020
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AARP Tax Aide @ Central
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

AARP Tax Aide

Every Thursday beginning 1/30/2020 and ending 4/9/2020, 10am-2pm

Each tax payer must bring: Social Security Card, Photo ID and last years tax return - no exceptions.

No appointments-First come First served

For more info please call AARP at 1-888-687-2277

CONTACT:  AARP  1-888-687-2277