Children's Library and Literacy Services

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Includes service providers such as libraries that offer special programs to acquaint children with library services and encourage them to read and programs that promote pre-literacy and language development skills in children from birth to age five with the objective of preparing them to read. (AIRS HH-4500.1800)

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Local Service
Statewide Service: Provides online resources, telehealth, or service at a satellite office.
Nationwide Service: Provides online resources, telehealth or services at a regional/national headquarters location.
281 County Road
Barrington, RI 02806
Phone: 401-247-1920
Organization Name: Barrington Public Library
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Address:
281 County Road
Barrington, RI 02806
Phone: 401-247-1920
Email: lisa@barringtonlibrary.org
Eligibility:

Please call the library and ask for the children's department to verify the program dates/times.

Services Provided:

An interactive story time program that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities with their favorite adult. Join us for a story, song and sensory exploration in a warm, accommodating environment. Drop-in, registration not required.

Event Location: Westfall Children's Program Room (Second Floor)

Provider Profiles:

Barrington Public Library provides free access to empowering, life-enriching knowledge—your community hub for discovery and connection. 

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/3/2022
773 Ten Rod Road (Rt 102)
Exeter, RI 02822
Phone: 401-294-4109
Organization Name: Exeter Public Library
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Address:
773 Ten Rod Road (Rt 102)
Exeter, RI 02822
Phone: 401-294-4109
Email: youth@exeterpubliclibrary.org
Eligibility:

Please call the library and ask to speak to Aimee Fontaine for further details of the program, dates and times.

Services Provided:

Provider Profiles:

We are a municipal public library serving the Town of Exeter, Rhode Island, and a member of the Ocean State Libraries consortium. 

Beth Robinson

Youth Services Librarian

401-294-4109

youth@exeterpubliclibrary.org

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/3/2022
573 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI 02828
Phone: 401-949-3630
Organization Name: Greenville Public Library
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Address:
573 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI 02828
Phone: 401-949-3630
TDD: 800-745-5555
Fax: 401-618-5513
Email: greenvillepubliclibrary@yahoo.com
Eligibility:

Please call the library and ask for the children's department to verify the program dates/times.

Services Provided:

An interactive and educational story time that is developed for children with sensory challenges ages 12 and under. Books, music and sensory play. Drop in program, no registration is necessary. See you soon at the library!

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/12/2022
1043 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone: 401-828-3750
Organization Name: West Warwick Public Library
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Address:
1043 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone: 401-828-3750
Eligibility: babies to age 5 with a caregiver.
Please call the library and ask for the children's department to verify the program dates/times.
Services Provided: Sensory friendly hands-on activities.
Drop in and play with sensory friendly activities like playdo, blocks, magnet games, sand sensory bottles, balls and more in the Youth Department Program Room.
For children of all abilities, including those with Sensory Processing challenges, ASD and/or other special needs.
Lego time is at 11:00 am on Saturdays in this same room.
Please call the library and ask for Anne for any questions, date/times of the events.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 9/16/2022
303 Clinton Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-769-9044
Organization Name: Woonsocket Harris Public Library
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Address:
303 Clinton Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-769-9044
Email: lpage@Woonsocketlibrary.org
Wheelchair Access: yes
Eligibility:

Please call 767-4122 and ask for Chris or Beth the children's librarians for any questions and for date/times of the event.

Services Provided:

Our sensory exploration programs can be enjoyed by children of all ages, abilities, and sensibilities with their adult caregiver. Listen to stories, sing a song, tell a felt board story, and visit our sensory tables for interactive play. Walk-ins are welcome so long as there is comfortable space in the room for all.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/9/2022
13 Summer Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-725-3714
Organization Name: Pawtucket Public Library
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Address:
13 Summer Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-725-3714
Text: 401-753-3706
Email: mcotto@pawtucketlibrary.org
Eligibility:

Please call the children's department for information and program details, dates and times

Services Provided:

Children's Programs

Book Mobile

Sensory Friendly Movie
Friday August 17
10:00am
Families with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other sensory challenges are invited for a free movie at the library! The lights will be dim and the sound will be turned down. Children of all   abilities are welcome. Get up, Dance, Sing and Shout during the movie. Bring a snack and enjoy the show! No registration required.
*A parent or a caregiver must accompany their child. For a visual social story, please email childrens@pawtucketlibrary.org

Provider Profiles:

Monday – Thursday  9am-8:45pm
Friday & Saturday    9am-4:45pm

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/9/2022
1810 Mineral Spring Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904
Phone: 401-353-5600
Address:
1810 Mineral Spring Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904
Phone: 401-353-5600
Fax: 401-353-1794
Eligibility: Please call the library for program details and for further information
Services Provided:

All Ages --An interactive story time program that can be enjoyed by children of all abilities and sensibilities with their favorite adult.

Join us for a book, music and sensory exploration!

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 2/12/2021
100 Tinkham Lane
Harrisville, RI 02830
Phone: 401-710-7800
Address:
100 Tinkham Lane
Harrisville, RI 02830
Phone: 401-710-7800
Fax: 401-710-7772
Email: jmsreference@burrillville.org
Eligibility:

Please call the library children's department for more details.

Services Provided:

An interactive and educational program that can be enjoyed by all children, but is especially designed for children with sensory integration challenges. Geared for ages 3 and up. Registration is suggested but not required.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Please call the library children's department for more details.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/11/2022
100 Boone Street
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-294-3306
Address:
100 Boone Street
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-294-3306
Services Provided:

Outdoor wifi

Young Readers

Teens

Information on discount passes for Museum Visits

Provider Profiles:

Mission Statement The North Kingstown Free Library provides a robust collection of resources, services, and programs to meet the changing and enduring cultural, educational, informational, recreational and research needs for all.

Vision Statement The vision of the North Kingstown Free Library is to enrich lives, build a sense of community, and provide equal access to culture, entertainment and education for everyone.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/16/2022
481 Davisville Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-884-5524
Address:
481 Davisville Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-884-5524
Email: staff@davisvillefreelibrary.org
Services Provided:

STORYTIME
Fridays, 10:00am and Mondays, 1pm, beginning September 9th
Storytime will be feature songs, books, sensory activities, and/or a craft.  Storytime is designed for ages 1-6, but children of all ages and abilities are welcome at any session! No registration necessary.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/16/2022