Mike Bell, of Lincoln, takes advantage of the computers available on the second floor of the North Providence Union Free Library on Monday. Many people are unaware of the extensive facilities available, says Bell. (Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)
NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Union Free Library has announced that as of May 10, browsing, computer, and study station times will have no limitations, except in the case where a computer is reserved for the next patron. Staff ask that patrons still remain mindful of the time they spend in the library.
Single-use patron tables and chairs will be added downstairs on a first-come, first-served basis. Reading bubbles will also be available for longer periods of time, contingent upon weather conditions. Study rooms still remain closed at this time.
Items returned will no longer be withheld for 72 hours prior to check-in. Items will show as returned more promptly. Patrons may bring materials into the library to return or still choose to use the outdoor book drop. Call-ahead book orders for lobby pickup will remain in place.
Per executive order, the requirement to wear masks inside establishments remains in place at least until May 20. Patrons are asked to wear a mask while inside the library for the duration of their visit and to self-screen before using the library.
The Tuesday Book Club for grades 3-5 will meet on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. This month it is Reader’s Choice, meaning each child will have a chance to talk about a book they enjoyed reading. Then the group will vote for one of the books to read in June. Pre-packaged snacks are available when signing up to enjoy the program. Registration is required, so call 401-353-5600, ext. 5.
The library’s digital media service hoopla will offer “bonus borrow” for the month of May. Patrons who are cardholders from the library can choose from hundreds of titles in the Bonus Borrows collection from May 1 through May 31. Those titles will not count toward patron borrows. Visit or call the reference department for more information.
The North Providence Children’s Department is offering “Tale”-Gating Storytime on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the month of May.
“Tale”-Gating Storytime at the Pool will be held on Tuesdays from May 4 to May 25, at 9:30 a.m. This storytime will meet in the pool parking lot behind the library.
“Tale-Gating Storytime at Notte Park will be held on Wednesdays from May 5 to May 26 at 9:30 a.m. This storytime will meet in the lower parking lot at Governor Notte Park. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, chalk to decorate their own space, blankets, and dress for the weather. Masks are required for everyone over age 2. Registration is required, so call the children’s department at 401-353-5600, ext. 5.
The North Providence Union Free Library will extend the Music & Movie Sale to benefit AJ’s Army while supplies last. The sale will occur during regular open hours. There is a great selection of Disney and family films, say staff. DVDs will be $2 each or three for $5. The library is also selling AJ’s Army bracelets for $5 each. All proceeds will go to the Quetta family.
Bricks and Books, a fun virtual program where children will build Lego creations together, meets on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. May 5, 12, 19 and 26. Registration required. Grades K-2. Call 401-353-5600, ext. 5.
North Providence Library Director Stefanie Blankenship, in front, sits at one of the many computers available to the public at the library. She says they will be adding more computers in the future.