Upcoming Events

***The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day***

Saturday, June 9th, 2pm
Join us for a book reading and Q & A session with Annie Hartnett.  Ms. Hartnett’s debut novel Rabbit Cake was published in 2017, and was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews, Chicago Review of Books, and Book Riot. Rabbit Cake was a finalist for the New England Book Award, longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and shortlisted for Crook’s Corner Book Prize. Hartnett was the 2013–14 writer in residence for the Associates of the Boston Public Library, and is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Alabama. She has published short stories and essays in many journals and magazines, such as Indiana Review, Gigantic Magazine, Salon, and The Millions. She teaches classes on the novel in Providence and Boston. Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Registration recommended.

Saturday, June 16th, 10am
Join Town Historian Tim Cranston as we examine the stories behind the gravestones of Elm Grove Cemetery.  On this stroll around North Kingstown’s oldest community cemetery we will not only talk about the people who spend “time eternal” here, we will also take a look at the art of the gravestone carvers of the 18th and 19th century and the materials used for gravestones across the timeframe.  The walk will begin at the southernmost entry road to the cemetery.  (Tower Hill Road).  Please call the library to register at 884-5524.  This free event is sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Davisville.

We’re going to have a rockin’ summer at the Davisville Free Library.  The Summer Library Program offers kids a chance to keep track of their summer reading (plus receive rewards!) and participate in a variety of special programs from instrument making to an introduction to geology.  We’ll also have a Name That Tune challenge at the library each week – drop in and test your skills!

Kids ages of any age can sign up at the library any time on, or after, Monday, June 18th.  You will receive a calendar for checking off each day that you read twenty minutes or more.  Each time you’ve reached seven check marks you can bring your reading record to the library where you will have three prize options:

  • Receive passes to fun RI locations like the Providence Children’s Museum or a Newport Mansion.
  • Choose a prize from our prize box.
  • Add a raffle ticket to the drawing for our grand prize.

You will also receive a Libraries Rock Gamecard with tasks (for example:  attend a library event, write a song, read a book about a musician).  Complete six tasks and choose a prize book to keep!

Our Summer Reading Program will end on Friday, August 3rd with our Rock n’ Reading Party (see below).


Monday, June 22nd, 6pm-8pm
Tween Night
Drop in for pizza, Minecraft, MarioKart, Just Dance, crafts, and games.  Ages 8+

Wednesday, June 11th, 4pm
RIMOSA—Reverse Engineer Instruments
How are instruments made? How do they create different sounds? Children will explore sound, 3D construction, and music through the creation of their own working instruments. They will then “Rock” Out and create improvisational music.  Ages 10+.  **This event will be held in the activity room at Kingstown Crossings, 11 Merrill Lane, but all are welcome to attend. **

Friday, July 20th, 10:30am
BJ Whitehouse—The Shanteyman
The Shanteyman presents a program of music, poetry and stories of the sea. Kids will play in a ‘fufu’ band, an improvisational group of players on pots and pans!  They will also use a light block-and-tackle in a fun tug-of-war to experience the mechanical advantage of simple machines while singing along to coordinate the rhythm of the work effort—just like sailors aboard tall ships! Ages 5+.

Monday, July 23rd, 1:30pm
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center—Rock Investigators
Become a geologist!  Experiment with different rock samples to identify them and discover how they formed, what they’re made of, and where they’re found. Ages 6+.

Monday, July 16th, 6pm
Movie Night—
Rock Dog (PG)
When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.  Bring your sleeping bag and pillow and watch a movie on our big screen.  Popcorn provided.  All ages.

Friday, August 3rd, 3pm-4:30pm
Rock n’ Reading Party @ the Davisville Library
Adopt a pet rock, sing karaoke, make a tonoscope, play musical chairs, and more.  We’ll make our own sundaes, too!  All ages.

Wednesdays from 6-7pm
Drop in to craft with librarians and neighbors.  We’ll provide warm drinks.  Get started on a new project or bring one you’re working on. Beginner knitting and crocheting instruction available.

Mondays and Fridays at 10am
PLUS Second Saturday of the month at 10am
Stories and crafts are geared toward 18 months-5 year-olds, but we encourage all ages to participate. Each session is 45 to 60 minutes long and includes songs, rhymes, fingerplays, flannelboards, several books, and a craft. ***New*** The library received a grant from the Paul V. Sherlock Center to make storytime more accessible to children with special needs.  Monday storytime is our Sensory Storytime, with more sensory activities and supports like visual schedules and lap pads available.  This is an inclusive program for ages 18 months-5 years.  Please email us (staff@davisvillefreelibrary.org) or call to sign up (884-5524). Drop-ins are also welcome at any session.

Join Sarah and Amanda to read, watch, and discuss books and their movie adaptations.  This book club is committed to settling the eternal question: Which is better – the book or the movie?  Meetings will occur on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.  Feel free to bring along some dinner or a snack.  We will provide the popcorn!  Call the library or email us at staff@davisvillefreelibrary.org to sign up!

June – One Day by David Nicholls
July – Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
September – Another Bulls!*t Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn
October – A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth
November – Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

Wednesdays from 3pm-7pm
We’ll answer your tech help questions,
such as:
*How do I set up an email account?
*How do I download free library books to my e-reader or tablet using E-Zone?
*How do I download free audiobooks to my iPhone?
*And more…
No registration necessary

Our Hours:
Monday  10-5
Wednesday  2-7
Friday  10-5
Saturday  10-4

Did you know that you can start your Amazon shopping at Amazon Smile and .5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the Davisville Library?  It’s easy!  Click here to try it out.


E-Books AVAILABLE Through E-Zone
If you have a Kindle, Nook, iPad or other e-reader you can download e-books for free through Ocean State Libraries E-Zone.

AskRI: Rhode Island’s Online Reference Resource Center
RI makes available to all residents several online reference resources through the AskRI.org website. This includes:

  • Learning Express – Practice tests (SAT, ACT, GED, Civil Service Exams, etc.)
  • Mango Languages – online language learning system – available as an iPhone app, too! 

Davisville Free Library
481 Davisville Road, North Kingstown, RI  02852