Children's Programs and Events

Summer Reading Game

Summer Reading Game                     
To play the game all you have to do is be entering Kindergarten Through 5th grade. 
Read 6 books from the time school ends to the week before school starts. 
For EVERY book you read you will get some kind of prize.  What are the prizes? You can get free coupons to visit exciting places like the Providence Children’s Museum, the Museum of Work and Culture here in Woonsocket, Roger Williams Zoo and much more! Plus kids get to pick a prize out of the prize box and choose a free book. 
Come to the children’s room of the Woonsocket Harris Public Library and tell us at the desk what book you read. We will write it on a special reading record and you will put a sticker next to your name on our star reader chart 
every time you read a book you get a prize. The game begins the week of July 7th. 

Books Are Wings


Monday, June 30th, 2:30-4 p.m.

Free books, balloons, and face painting at the Books Are Wings Summer Reading Kick-Off at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library!

Parents and Kids!!!  Come join the fun and kids get FREE Books!!! 

Cookies and milk and other snacks may be provided!!

 Listen to the wonderful tall tales of our Storyteller who will entertain your family. While you are waiting for your turn at the free book table,  visit our face painting station where you can have a butterfly, star or shape of your choice painted on by our face painter!! Choose a helium balloon to take home.

Books and activities are suitable for families with children ages 4 and up younger children may attend but must be with an adult caregiver at all times.

Legend of King Arthur

The Legend of King Arthur

Monday, June 30th, 2-3pm

Free Tickets available Monday June 23rd.

Join King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in this legendary story of the sword and the stone. Merlin and Arthur battle their adversaries for the rights to the sword called Excalibur and the Kingdom of Camelot. The legend comes to life in this historic tale of medieval adventure and magical spells! Through our play, we hope to encourage children to stand up for what is right and overcome their fears.

The statewide RI Summer Reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Citizens Bank and Pepsi.

Local support includes RI Children's & Young Adult Librarians, Walnut Hill Bowl & the Friends of the Woonsocket Public Library.

Dave Marchetti's Animal Experiences

Monday, July 7, 2-3 p.m.

Dave Marchetti's Animal Experiences program is a fun and incredibly hands on way to meet turtles, snakes, lizards, some small mammals, and Wally the alligator up close and personal. Dave's program combines learning some interesting facts about his animals with the thrill of actually handling them. Dave's presentation can put you completely at ease with animals you might not normally touch. Join him and his friends for a wonderful hour program.

Biomes Tidepool Live Animals

Tuesday, July 8, 2-3 p.m.

There are so many exciting marine animals that call Narragansett Bay home. Some of them display fascinating ways of hunting, such as the mantis shrimp, which either smash or slice their prey into digestible pieces, or the humble sea cucumber, who can part with some organs to throw off a predator. Come learn about sea creatures and the many ways they BOOM!

CoughSpot® Healthy Communities Outreach Program

CoughSpot® Healthy Communities Outreach Program 
Funded through an Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. 
Great for ages 3-8 years.  Parents attend program with children
Choose from one of the 3 dates below
(The three programs are the same content)
Tuesday July 8th 3:15-4:15pm
Monday July 14th 3:15-4:15pm
Tuesday July 15th 2:15-3:15pm
Denneese Seale  will be here to educate and entertain kids and families about healthy habits.  Children will listen to stories, receive a temporary tattoo that will help kid learn to cough into their arm to prevent the spread of germs, and make a craft.

Kid's Art Fun!

Choose from either 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays July 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5 or 
Wednesdays July 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6.
Sign up for kid’s art fun. Kids will learn how to make new crafts to take home and enjoy.
Choose either Tuesday or Wednesday classes as they are the same projects both days. 
Register for this FREE program beginning Monday June 30th. Call the Children’s department at 769-9044 ext 2.
Preference is given to Woonsocket Residents first.
Ages 7-11

We Need Lego Builders!

Every Friday

July 11th-August 15th


Bring your imagination  to the library and build Lego creations with new friends.

Completed Lego creations may be displayed in our display case in the children’s room.

An adult must be with the child at all times in the program room  for safety. Great for ages 5 & up.

Fizz! Boom! Read! Ben Franklin Would Have Agreed!

Monday, July 14, 2-3 p.m.
Fizz! Boom! Read! 
Ben Franklin Would Have Agreed!
Benjamin Franklin was a lover of books and a life long learner, whose work in science positively impacted countless numbers of people! In this high energy presentation, veteran teacher, coach, and performer Scott Jablonski uses original music, visuals and crowd participation to introduce some of Dr. Franklin's scientific works in a fun, creative and meaningful way. Through sharing some of Ben's contributions, Scott encourages audiences to identify and solve everyday problems to improve our world today!

Ronald McDonald at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library

Tuesday, July 15th, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Free tickets available  Monday July 7th

Registration for all summer programs begins June 30th

The summer Reading program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services, the Institute of Museum & Library Services, McDonald’s Restaurants of Rhode Island, Pawtucket Red Sox, Pepsi, Citizens Bank Foundation, and the Friends of  the  Woonsocket Harris Public Library.

Polynesian Fusion Music & Dance

Tuesday, August 12, 2-3 p.m.

Let's go to Hawaii with Lola!

Learn about all things Hawaiian, including the "fizz and boom," of Mount Kilauea! In this presentation, children will sing some Hawaiian songs, be introduced to Hawaiian drumming, dance two complete hula dances, and learn what makes Hawaiian dance costumes so unique. Your children will learn about the spirit of aloha, and leave with a lot more information about our 50th state!

Lola is the director of Rhode Island based Hawaiian fire and dance troupe,Polynesian Fusion

Kid's & Adult Knitting Circles

No Knitting in June.


Knitting Circle for Kids and Adults will begin a summer hiatus.  Knitting group will resume again on Wednesday evenings in September.  The knitting group project for donation in October will be chemotherapy caps.  Patterns are available at the Circulation Desk for the knitting of caps over the summer months.  Super soft yarn must be used for this project.  Interested in joining our knitting group?  You are welcome to pick up a pattern also and join us in September.  Happy knitting and have a wonderful summer!