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What College Students Read During the Summer

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

During the summer, many colleges assign books to read for their incoming freshman and other interested students. Here are a few identified by Dana Golstein in her New York Times article on 7/1/17. DB82201 Between the World and Me by TA-Nehisi Coates – “essayistic exploration of violence done to the black male body in America”  […]

Celebrate Henry David Thoreau’s 200th Birthday Today

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Henry David Thoreau was born on 7/12/1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. Today is his 200th birthday. Listen to the National Public Radio broadcast of his life and comments from his biographers. Then you can enjoy some of his books and writings by calling RI Talking Books Plus at 401-574-9310 or email us at . Some […]

Books of Biography & Memoir

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The Route One Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate “Centers for the Book” to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their state or commonwealths for readers. In Rhode Island, we have our own affiliate the Rhode Island Center for the Book to select books. Rhode Island’s 2017 book is listed first along with five […]

The Ocean State – Rhode Island

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

We are fortunate to have many great activities to do in the Ocean State. One of them is SAVE the BAY Exploration Center & Aquarium in Newport. It is designed for children and adults who like to come up close to ocean dwelling sea life. Their summer hours are daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm. While […]

2017 RI Farm Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Summer begins on June 20th, and Rhode Island farmers have been busy planting and tending their crops. Enjoy all that RI local farms offer and have fun by participating in the 2017 RI Farm Scavenger Hunt by registering with the RI Fruitgrowers. In between visits, request and read some of the new digital books we have […]

SVF Foundation Annual Visitors Day June 10, 2017

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Enjoy Free Admission on June 10, 2017 and learn more about the Smithsonian and SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project by visiting their Swiss Village site in Newport, RI. For more information, call (401)848-7229 or email You may also go to their website for more information.  In addition, we have some digital books in our collection […]

Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Be prepared for any emergency that may come your way. The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) have developed this registry as a service to Rhode Islanders with chronic conditions, disabilities, and other special healthcare needs. It is a system for the identification of Rhode Islanders who […]

Coastal Wine Trail

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Did you know Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut share a Coastal Wine Trail of 14 vineyards and wineries along their coastlines? With the weather improving and the grapes growing, it may be time to visit your favorite seashore winery or vineyard. Review the list on the Coastal Wine Trail by selecting vineyards. In between visits to your […]

From Seed to Your Table in the Summertime

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

From your local farm or your own garden, summertime brings fresh food to the your kitchen and table. We have some books to help you make it the happen. DB72669 The town that food saved: how one community found vitality in local food by Ben Hewitt DB84286 The story of seeds: from Mendel’s garden to your plate, […]

Memorial Day – May 29th

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Our national holiday to remember and honor those who served and died while defending the United States. Some titles to reflect on include the following: DB70623 The Good Soldiers FD216:1 by David Finkel The book chronicles the experiences of Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Kauzlarich and his men in Iraq as they face firefights, dangerous patrols, death, and […]

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