July 15, 2024

Little Free Libraries Around East Providence


Have you ever wondered about those cute little book houses that are scattered all around town and Rhode Island? Maybe you have seen one on Willett Avenue in Riverside or the two on Wilson Avenue in Rumford.

It’s a global phenomenon and they’re called Little Free Libraries. The small, front‐yard book exchanges number more than 150,000 around the World in over 100 countries — from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan and right here in our hometown of East Providence! Each library has its own personality and story.

Recently, a new Little Free Library named “Gran’s Lending Library” Charter # 148515 at 135 Troy Street in Rumford, joined the movement to share books, bring people together, and create communities of readers. Gran’s Lending Library was installed in memory of Gran Gail who enjoyed reading her entire life. She passed away in December 2021 and we are excited to share her love of reading with all of our neighbors. 

Some of the other local little free libraries around town include:

Rumford "Little Free" Library - Charter #78143 located at 120 Miller Avenue, Rumford
Rumford’s Little Free Library was built after the local Rumford library branch was closed to continue the joy of reading in their neighborhood. 

East Providence Scout House Library - Charter #99904 located at 351 Willet Ave, Riverside East Providence Scout House Library was built by five seventh grade Girl Scouts while earning their Woodworking Badge in early 2020. 

Little Free Library at the Stop Sign - Charter #64168 located at 244 Wilson Avenue, Rumford Little Free Library at the Stop Sign has a front door that is actually a stained glass window found in a local antique shop! 

Wilson Avenue Little Library - Charter #109402 located at 125 Wilson Ave, Rumford
Wilson Avenue Little Library had a very special local author share her work through the library. A young author named Eleanor wrote and illustrated her own series of books about kindness to circulate during the pandemic and shared her stories at the Wilson Avenue Little Library.

Munroe & Sacred Cow Market's Library - Charter #145926 at 187 N. Brow St., East Providence
Munroe & Sacred Cow Market’s Library is where you can stop by to grab a cone of ice cream, enjoy the sunshine AND find a new book to read - great for adults and kids of all ages! 

Feel free to check out all of the local Little Free Libraries around town and RI. Visit littlefreelibrary.org to access their worldwide map and download their app.

All Little Free Libraries run on donations. If you have books you would like to donate to these book sharing boxes - you can leave them inside (or near) the libraries and stewards will rotate your donation into their library’s available books.

Happy Reading all!


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