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Summer Reading Program 2023 for Adults & Teens

July 5th – August 18th, 2023

Image of woman of color wearing a rose colored hat and fur coat, beige turtleneck, jeans and brown boots holding a rose colored book. Text reads: All Together Now.

This summer,  celebrate kindness, friendship, and community with Rogers Free Library Summer Reading Program: All Together Now! Beginning July 5th,  log your reading, participate in library programs, and win fantastic prizes!

Pick up your Passport to Reading to start logging your reading. Also participate in library programs and writing reviews to earn raffle tickets that can win you fantastic prizes! If you have any questions about summer reading please call or write to August Thompson: 401 253 6948 ext. 315,

We also have a program for children! To learn more visit our Children’s Summer Reading Program webpage.

How it Works

Step 1: Pick up your Passport to Reading and your Raffle Tickets from Rogers Free Library.

Step 2: Read books and attend library programs, filling out a ticket every time you do. 

Step 3: Bring in your tickets and drop them in a raffle bucket.  Win prizes!

Weekly Drawings and Grand Prize
We will hold weekly drawings and a Grand prize will be announced at the end of the summer!

Click each heading below to see the programs happening in each category

Person sitting at laptop and writing, also in the image a written sheet of paper and 5 stars.

Bristol Writing Group

Every Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 pm
Upstairs Conference Room
Check the website for updates

Do you like to write fiction, nonfiction, poetry, letters to the editor, or very detailed grocery lists? Would you like to join a community of writers who write together and share work with each other? Become a founding member of the Bristol Writing Group today! We will meet for weekly sharing/critique and co-writing sessions.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Registration is not required.

A colorful pile of books. Book Chat, Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Book Chat

Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Upstairs Conference Room, unless otherwise specified

Join us for an informal meeting to chat about a book (or two) that you have recently read that you would like to recommend to others. There’s no assigned reading for this group! Simply come prepared to summarize your book selection and explain why you would recommend it. It can be fiction or nonfiction. 

Optional: If you have time to locate an excerpt to read aloud to the group – that would be welcome.

This program is also offered via Zoom for those who register: Click HERE.

4 hands using sign language, arm sleeves of different colors.

American Sign Language Classes (6 sessions)

Thursdays, until August 17, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Herreshoff Community Room

American Sign Language – an introduction.

In this 6-day course, you will learn the foundation of ASL based on the handshapes – the pronunciation – of the language.  You will learn the alphabet/fingerspelling; numbers 1 – 99; some colors; animals; food; verbs; family; feelings and more.  You will learn how to form questions and engage in brief conversation.

Manuel Martin has been teaching ASL for 30 years.  He wrote the curriculum that will be used.  He has developed college programs, trained teachers of ASL and interpreted for a president of the United States.  Some former students are now teachers of the Deaf, interpreters or work in their field using ASL.

A white and black knight across from each other on a chess board.

Chess Club

Every Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:30 pm and Every Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Upstairs Conference Room

This event is for anybody who loves a good game of chess. We are a fun group of players. We like a competitive match, but we are not too serious!

People of all levels are welcome.

No registration is necessary.

Colorful geometric flyer with a knight and a rook and the following info: 1st annual RFL Chess Competition, First day August 2, Finals August 5, Register on the library’s website,

Chess Competition

Wednesday, August 2, 5:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday, August 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upstairs Conference Room

Teens and adults are invited to compete in the 1st Annual RFL Chess Championship. 

16 people will compete for the title and a brand new chess board! The first round is on Wednesday, and finals are on Saturday. ALL PLAYERS looking to participate MUST register HERE.

Bring your best game and good luck. 

Health School Meals. Fuel For Success! Logo on a blue sky-esque background & kids eating in front of 
a school building. Logos for all participating organization on the bottom.

RIDE Healthy School Meals Sign-Up

Friday, August 18, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Upstairs Conference Room

Do you need help to complete your application for free or reduced-price meals for school year 2023-2024? See if your child qualifies to receive free or reduced-price meals at school during the upcoming school year. Come to our application event on the third floor where the team from RIDE will assist you! 

All information is confidential and is not shared with anyone outside of the staff member(s) that need to know this information to provide your child(ren) with free or reduced-price meals

No registration is necessary. 

End of Summer Reading Banquet

Friday, August 18, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Herreshoff Community Room

Join members of the community to celebrate the end of the summer! As a thank you to everyone who participated in the Adult/Teen Summer Reading Program, we invite you to grab your Passports and join us for a banquet with light refreshments, book giveaways and the Grand Prize drawing.

Registration is required. Click HERE to register.

See you there!

Commodore Perry's Fleet. Pictured is the handscroll painting called "The Mission of Commodore Perry to Japan in 1854". Pictorial record of US Commodore Matthew Perry's second visit to Japan in 1854. Ink, colour, gold and silver pigment on paper.

What are the “Black Ships”?

Tuesday, August 8, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Herreshoff Community Room

Dr. Matthew C. Perry of Bristol will speak about his ancestor Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Commodore Perry established friendly relations with Japan in 1854 after abruptly entering restricted waters in Japan with his steam-powered “black ships.” The Commodore was born in Newport and his brother Raymond married the daughter of James DeWolf, developing a strong connection with the Perry family and Bristol.

Learn more about the the historic event that ended 200 years of Japanese isolation, by re-establishing trade and discourse between Japan and the western world.

Dr. Perry is from Bristol, where as a child he obtained an early interest in his ancestor, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who negotiated a treaty of peace and amity between Japan and the United States in 1854. He is a retired wildlife researcher for the US government, and presently is an emeritus scientist. He remains active as an author of wildlife conservation history.

A night sky painting, pine trees against a moonlit sky - purples and blues, browns and grays.

Night Sky Canvas Painting

July 31 at 6:30 pm
Herreshoff Community Room

Join Pop up Art School for a fun canvas painting event. Follow along step-by-step to create a magical star-filled night sky with silhouettes of a hillside and trees. It’s amazing what you can create with four colors and some simple brush techniques! 

Registration required, click HERE.

For all ages.

Photograph of someone creating their own Japanese Paper Fan.

Japanese Paper Fans

Monday, August 7 at 6:00 pm
Herreshoff Community Room

Use origami, cutout art, calligraphy, or flower paper to make your beautiful paper fan! Bring your fans to Saturday’s Cultural Festival and celebrate with the Japan-America Society of Rhode Island.

This craft is geared towards Teens and Adults, but all ages are welcome! Please register HERE.

There will be a children’s craft for Japanese Paper Fan Making on Tuesday, August 8 at 11:00 am in the Children’s Room.

Photograph of tie-dyed butterflies made from coffee filters, markers, water, pipe cleaners, and pony beads.

Tie-Dye Butterflies

Monday, August 28 at 6:00 pm
Herreshoff Community Room

Turn a simple coffee filter into a gorgeous tie-dye butterfly.

All ages are welcome.

Please register HERE.

Our visit from Dusty, the miniature horse, has been postponed to next Saturday, September 30 at 10 am.