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2011 Rhode Island Summer Reading Program

The library encourages children to keep reading all summer long by sharing age-appropriate book recommendation and hosting a summer full of events and programs at libraries across the state. Take a virtual trip around the world!

-    One World, Many Stories (children’s program)
-    You Are Here (teen program)

This year’s summer reading program, One World, Many Stories, is designed for children ages 4-9, taking them on a virtual trip around the world. In programs at public libraries around the state, youngsters will encounter magic, stories, song, dance and even live animals from around our world. Storytellers, musicians and other artists will thrill audiences and enable them to experience the cultures of India, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Amazon Rainforest, Africa, and the local Narragansett Tribe. In some programs, children will have the opportunity to make pinatas or write their own stories in an interactive writing workshop.


  • Animal Experiences
  • Michelle Bach-Coulibaly
  • Christopher “Kavi” Carbone
  • Greg Cooney
  • Diane Edgecomb
  • The Great Baldini
  • Steve Krasner
  • Ronald McDonald
  • Shanthi Muthu
  • Pinata Center
  • Loren Spears

This year’s teen summer reading program, You Are Here, is designed for youngsters age 10 and up, taking them on a virtual trip around the world. In programs at public libraries around the state, teenagers will have the opportunity to paint, write, animate, explore sound effects, create original music videos, and learn about different cultures in a variety of hands-on summer reading programming.


  • Michelle Bach-Coulibaly
  • Steve Krasner
  • Moira Richardson
  • Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art
  • Pam Santos
  • Loren Spears


Visit the State of Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) to find out what is happening state wide.

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  • Providence Public Library (PPL) is just announced its 2011 Summer Reading Program schedule of programs and activities beginning with a kick-off celebration on Thursday, June 23 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, in the Library’s Children’s Room, 150 Empire Street, Providence. This date is also the first of eight weekly Thursday Family Travel Nights (when families are invited for stories, snacks, games and crafts from featured countries) in celebration of this year’s Summer Reading theme. This year’s activities also include regular Family Friday Movie Days at 2 PM, June 24 through August 5. Summer Reading activities conclude with an End of Summer Celebration on Thursday, August 11.