Summer Reading Program: "Build a better world"

Dedicated to Andrew Greene

Summer Reading Registration Event

Register for Summer Reading,* enjoy several self-directed craft projects for children and parents to do together, and play with thousands of LEGO bricks.

  • Monday June 26 from 11:30am to 5:30pm,
  • Tuesday June 27 from 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday June 28 from 10am to 5pm

Ages 4 and up with a grown-up.

*Register at the library or or online from June 26 to the end of July

How the reading program works:

Children from infants to 12 years old can sign up for summer reading. You can register and pick-up your reading log from June 26 to the end of July.

Children who complete our reading log by reading or listening to books, e-books, magazines, graphic novels or audio books throughout the summer and attending library programs will receive:

  • a free book,
  • raffle tickets,
  • an ice cream party invitation,
  • a variety of incentive coupons (free or reduced admission to the Providence Children's Museum, Roger Williams Zoo, and other attractions),
  • and a Certificate of Completion.

The deadline for submitting completed reading logs is Wednesday, August 2.


Presented by the RI Computer Museum

Working in teams, students will learn coding to program a simple robot to move objects in construction challenges.

Wednesday, June 28 at 1 pm

Ages 11 and up. Registration required

Mermaid Masterpieces: Painting Party

Wednesday, July 12 at 11am

Rebecca Killian leads this step by step painting party, for children in grades 1 to 4.

Registration is required

Magic Show Malik Haddadi

Thursday, July 13 at 6:30pm

Magic, humor, activities and games from other cultures, and many fun surprises.

Free tickets for this program will be available on July 10.

Warm and Fuzzy Animal Adventures

Thursday, July 20 at 6:30pm

Join us for a petting zoo with warm and fuzzy animals including some of the following: bunnies, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, ducks, hens, rooster, tortoise and goats. Hands-on interaction.

Magic Show with The Great Baldini

Thursday, June 29 at 6:30pm

Join the Great Baldini and his assistant Skinny, on a magical journey.

Free tickets will be available on Monday, June 26

Free Yoga Classes

For children ages 7 to 12 with Ms Laurie and Ms Kelli

Thursday, July 6 and Thursday, July 27 at 6:30pm

Ages 7 to 12 Registration required

logoFarm Fresh RI

Wednesday, July 26 at 11:00

Listen to a story and help a chef prepare a delicious snack that features RI grown food.

Llama at the Library

Wednesday, August 9 at 10:30am

Our Friends from Dandy Acres Llamas will bring one of their friendly llamas to the library.

Listen to a story, learn about these beautiful creatures and even pet and walk the llama.

World Dance and Music Center

End-of-summer dance and ice-cream party.

Thursday, Aug. 3 at 6:30. Rain date Aug. 10

Watch a Polynesian dance performance and learn some steps.

This event is for children who have completed our summer reading program and their families.

By Invitation Only

Sing and Dance with Mr. Rowland!

Tuesday, July 11 at 10:30am

all ages with a grown-up.

Weekly Children’s Programs

Mondays, June 26 - Aug 7, 11am - 3:30pm

Family Drop-in Crafts and Legos - Play with Legos and do one of several self-guided projects for children ages 3 and up with a grown-up.

Tuesdays, July 18 - Aug. 22 at 10:30am

Terrific Tots - stories, songs, rhymes and puppets for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their grown-ups. No need to register.

Wednesdays at 10:30am


Build-o-Rama—use different materials, provided by the library to make your masterpieces. No need to register.

  • July 5- Spice drops and toothpicks
  • July 19-Paper cups and index cards
  • Aug 2- Clothespins and craft sticks

Thursday Summer Programs at 11 am, for grades k-3

Registration required for O'Keeffe program, Registration recommended for others. Call (401) 231-4980, and press 5. (Siblings and families welcome.)

Plant seeds Thursday, June 29th, 11:00 am Let’s Grow! Become familiar with the lifecycle and parts of a plant through stories and hands on activities of sorting and identifying parts of real plants. Participate in Supermarket Botany! Start a real plant with seeds here at the library to take home, care for and grow! Registration Preferred.

camera obscura Thursday, July 6th- 11:00 am Let’s turn your view of the world upside down! Learn about Leonardo da Vinci and make a Camera Obscura. Leonardo was the first person to connect the way this type of camera worked with the way the human eye worked. Registration Preferred.

Gee Bee Racer Thursday July 13th- 11:00 am-Balloons, Planes, Achievements in Flight- stories and activities about the first international flight by balloon, interesting first attempts at flight, The Wrights, The Granville Brothers (GeeBees) and creativity surrounding such endeavors. Flight inspired crafts! Registration Preferred.

Thursday, July 20th- 11:00 am- Artist Laurel Burch inspired "Puffy Cats". Make these beautiful cats and artistically decorate them. For Grades K-3 (siblings/family welcome)

invisible ink Thursday, July 27th- 11:00 am- Da Vinci’s Sense of Humor! Yes, he had sense of humor and engaged in practical jokes on friends, jokes and puzzles. In that spirit, come discover Leonardo da Vinci’s not too well known side with Jokes, puzzles and make a floating animal or invisible ink! Registration Preferred.

O'Keefe Collage Thursday, August 3rd- 11:00 am- (Family and Siblings Welcome)-Georgia O’Keeffe Tissue Paper Collages-Create a Georgia O’Keeffe inspired tissue paper collage. Learn how to employ balance, depth and cropping into this art. Registration REQUIRED.

Thursday August 10th- 11:00 am- Entering K and Up-Fill Your Bucket- Featured book is “Have you filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. We all have invisible buckets that we carry as we go through the day. We have them and other people have them. When we have a full bucket, we feel great. When we do not, we feel sad. What can we do to help fill other’s buckets? Story and group discussion and visuals how to identify Bucket Dippers (How not to be one) and Bucket Fillers (How to be one) and another interactive activity in which children will have the opportunity to practice being Bucket Fillers at home or school. Registration Preferred.

Fridays, July 7 - August 11, 10am to 11am

Junior Knitters children ages 8 and older are invited to sit with the ladies

Download the children's summer reading programs flyer.

The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Local support includes the Friends of Mohr Library and generous gifts in Memory of Andrew Greene.

Museum Passes

The library offers discount passes to several fun places in and around the state! These passes have been donated by the Friends of Mohr Library.
Click here for more information about our Museum Passes


For more information, call 231-4980, and press 5 for the children's room.
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