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New All Ages Kidoinfo Story Hour in Downtown Providence This Summer!

Please click here to see the 2013 Family Fun on the Plaza schedule.

kidoinfo storytime Families bring a blanket and enjoy different weekly storytellers under the trees near the fountain in Burnside Park. Kidoinfo will feature at least one book each Tuesday morning from a local Rhode Island author or illustrator (see list below).

Kidoinfo Providence Story Time
Tuesdays, July — August

10 AM – 11 AM
Rain/Heat location:
Providence Public Library

more fun

- Weekly book swap. Donate a new or gently used book and pick out a “new to you” book from the “Leave a Book, Take a Book” bin!
- Games will be available for older children to play during the story hour.
- Weekly Raffle: Enter to win two passes to the Providence Children’s Museum or Roger Williams Park Zoo.
- Food Vendors: Local food carts/trucks will be selling sandwiches, hotdogs (beef and veggie) and juices. Look for “Betsy Loo” the fun new purple Like No Udder Truck featuring vegan ice cream!

Storytime 07Location: Under the trees near the fountain in Burnside Park, Kennedy Plaza (Map it)
Parking: Metered street parking. Park in the mall parking lot. $1 for up to 3 hours. Or check RIPTA.com for schedules.
Call 401-331-5544 ext 5
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free event


July 6: Jen Corace: illustrator of Little Pea, Little Oink, and Little Hoot will sign copies of her new book: Mathilda and the Orange Balloon. Mathilda and the Orange Balloon will be for sale tax-free courtesy of Books on the Square and Greater Kennedy Plaza.
Readers: Mayor David N. Cicilline and Anisa Raoof, publisher of Kidoinfo.
July 13:
Featured author and illustrator, Grace Lin is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. This award winning author has produced over twenty books including Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Red is a Dragon, and Dim Sum for Everyone.
Reader: Bonnie Lilienthal, Senior Children’s Librarian & Branch Librarian from Empire, Providence Public Library
July 20:
Featured storyteller: Keith Munslow
July 27:
Storyteller and author, Mark Binder author of The Bed Time Story Book will present Classic (and original) Stories for Boys and Girls and Mary Jane Begin, illustrator of R is for Rhode Island Red will read The Porcupine Mouse.
August 3: Peter Mandel reads his new book, Bun, Onion, Burger and Alison Paul, author/illustrator of The Crow (A Not So Scary Story) and new book Sunday Love reads from her list of seven favorite read-aloud books.
August 10: BIG NAZO interactive storytelling.
August 17: Carolina Briones of Providence Community Libraries reads in English and Spanish, and the Friends of Wanskuk Library will be selling used books to support Library programming. Jamie Michalak, author of Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels and Larry and Rita will also do a read from her books.

17 de Agosto: Carolina Briones de la Providence Community Library leera en inglés y español. Los amigos de la biblioteca Wanskuck venderan libros usados con el fin de recaudar fondos para apoyar los programas de la biblioteca, para mayor informacion de los programas que las bibliotecas ofrecen, visitar la pagina de internet: www.providencecommunitylibrary.org. Familias, traigan su cobija y disfruten de diferentes narradores cada semana, bajo los árboles cerca a la fuente en Burnside Park, Kennedy Plaza.

August 24: Author Anika Denise‘s and illustrator Christopher Denise will read their book Pigs Love Potatos
August 31: Featured author/Illustrator: Alison Paul.  Come see her book, The Crow be performed live! Alison also reads her new book Sunday Love and kids can do an interactive activity based on the book where parents can bring a camera to capture their child’s first (and last!) mug shot!”

Story hours are a great way to discover new books with your child. Oftentimes kids love to hear their favorites over and over. Find them at the local library. When we want to a buy a copy for our own personal collection, we love to support local bookstores.

Here’s a list of our favorites:

Books on the Square: 471 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906.

Special Deal: Books on the Square will provide a 10% discount on EVERY book in the store during July & August if you mention Kidoinfo Providence Storytime!

Barrington Books – 184 County Rd. Barrington, RI, 02806
Myopic Books – 5 South Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906
Symposium Books – 240 Westminster Street, Providence

Find details and full summer program listing at visit the Kennedy Plaza web site.

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  • My kids and I had a terrific time at Burnside Park this morning, relaxing under the big shady tree and listening to two terrific authors read to us. Thank you for organizing this awesome storytime, and for encouraging families to come downtown. We took the bus (an exciting event in itself for the kids!) and enjoyed being in the city center for the morning. Thanks for all you do via Kidoinfo to make Providence (and Rhode Island) a better place for families!

  • Just got home from park. We were there because my daughter who is 8 loves Jens drawings. It made her day. Just wanted you to know the work you put out to pull it together is appreciated. I hope you get a bigger turnout because it was fun. Now I am off to draw owls with 3 happy little ones inspired by Jens drawings in Little Hoot.

  • New additions! Pirate Booty will give away free samples. Weekly raffle includes a new book from Books on the Square or 2 tix to the Zoo or Children’s Museum.

    PLUS Books on the Square will provide a 10% discount on EVERY book in their store during July & August if you mention Kidoinfo Providence Storytime!

    Shop local!!

  • The small boy and I will definitely be in attendance to hear you and the MAYOR!!! read Little Pea -( a family favorite!) Thank you (once again) for making another wonderful event happen in Providence.