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Summer Reading Program 2024: Read, Renew, Repeat – Adults

July 5th – August 23rd, 2023

This summer, we are all about conservation! Join Rogers Free Library’s Summer Reading Program: Read, Renew, Repeat. We’ll focus on protecting species and the environment, how to improve our habits, and reading books to help us learn and grow!

Beginning July 5th,  log your reading, participate in library programs, and win fantastic prizes!

How it Works

Step 1: Pick up a SRP goody bag including plenty of raffle tickets from Main Circ.
Step 2: Fill out one raffle ticket for every book you read or library program you attend.
Step 3: Deposit your tickets in the raffle jar on the main floor.

Weekly Drawings and Grand Prize*
There will be weekly prize drawings every Friday, and a Grand Prize drawing at the Summer Reading Banquet.

Weekly prizes = small, sustainable household items accompanied by books
Grand Prize = 2 large gift cards, and a surprise gift.

*You must have a Rhode Island library card to participate.

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

SRP Kickoff Party

Saturday, July 6, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
in the Courtyard Garden

Come celebrate the start of the 2024 Summer Reading Program with us! This program is designed for all ages.

Face Painting
Music
Free Del’s Lemonade (while supplies last)
Crafts
Free Books
& more…!


Volunteering at RFL Info

Monday, July 8, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
in the Herreshoff Community Room

All adults interested in volunteering at Rogers Free Library are invited to this information session. We’re meeting to get to know each other and decide on the first projects.

**Please note that a commitment of at least three months is preferred.

Thank you for supporting your local library.


July Board Game Night

Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 – 7:45 pm
in the puzzles area near the adult graphic novels

Come to the library (bring friends if you want) and try out new board games!

Board games and instruction will be provided.

You are also welcome to bring your own and teach us how to play. Every month will be a different theme.

Open to participants of all ages.


July Book Chat

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
in the Upstairs Conference Room

What are you reading? Share your book recommendations in a relaxed atmosphere & share an excerpt from a book if you want. Discover new titles for your ever growing to-be-read list.

Please register if you need a Zoom link!


Local Reptiles

Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
in the Herreshoff Community Room

It’s a reptile roundup with the Audubon Society! Learn about the snakes, turtles, and other creatures who make their homes in and around Bristol.

The experts at the Audubon Society will tell you everything you want to know about these fascinating creatures.

Registration Required


Virtual Community Town Halls

Tuesday, July 30, 7:00 – 8:30pm
& Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 – 8:30pm
via Zoom Only

As we continue our strategic planning process, we would like to invite you to take part in one of two online town halls being held via Zoom at the end of July. These 90 minute interactive town halls will focus on hearing your feedback and expectations of the library related to the emerging strategic plan concepts, and are a crucial opportunity for

community members to shape the direction of our strategic plan goals. You’ll also get a sneak peek at the areas where the library will be focusing its energy over the next several years!

Registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent via email ahead of the town hall

Both nights will cover the same information; you need only to attend one.

Because the town halls are interactive, we recommend attending via a computer or laptop with access to a microphone and speakers, and preferably, video.


American Sign Language Classes (6 sessions)

Thursdays starting August 1, 6 – 7:30 pm
in the Herreshoff Community Room

Learn American Sign Language.

Manuel Martin from the American Sign Language Institute will teach this fascinating language in a 6-week workshop.
The class is geared toward Beginner’s (but if you took the class last year, feel free to join again and freshen up your skills).

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.

Space is limited (25 participants) so please register to secure your spot. Registrants are expected to participate in all 6 classes (we know life sometimes gets in the way)


Learn about Vermicomposting

Monday, August 5, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
in the Herreshoff Community Room

Your trash may be a worm’s treasure.

You can use worms to compost food scraps at home, school, or work. Even indoors!

Rhode Island Resource Recovery will show you how to start your very own vermicomposting (worm composting) bin.

Space is limited. Registration Required.


2nd Annual RFL Chess Competition

Saturday, August 10, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
in the Upstairs Conference Room

Teens and adults are invited to compete in the 2nd Annual RFL Chess Championship.

16 people will compete for the title and a brand new chess board!

ALL PLAYERS looking to participate MUST register.

Bring your best game and good luck.


August Board Game Night

Wednesday, August 14, 6:00 – 7:45 pm
in the puzzles area near the adult graphic novels

Come to the library (bring friends if you want) and try out new board games!

Board games and instruction will be provided.

You are also welcome to bring your own and teach us how to play. Every month will be a different theme.

Open to participants of all ages.


August Book Chat

Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
in the Upstairs Conference Room=

What are you reading? Share your book recommendations in a relaxed atmosphere & share an excerpt from a book if you want. Discover new titles for your ever growing to-be-read list.

Please register if you need a Zoom link!


Black Ships Festival Cultural Marketplace

Saturday, August 17, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
at Independence Park

The annual Black Ships Festival at Independence Park will fill the air with the sounds, sights, smells and sensations of Japan.

The Cultural Marketplace at the festival takes place from 10 am – 3pm, and a library booth will be there most of the day.

There will be plenty of crafts and entertainment for all ages!


Bristol Writing Group

Every Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
in the Upstairs Conference Room

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.


Chess Club

Every Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
& Every Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
in the 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.


End of Summer Reading Banquet

Thursday, August 22, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
in the 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 Summer Reading Program, we invite you to grab your Journals and join us for a banquet with light refreshments, book giveaways and the Grand Prize drawing.

Registration is required. See you there!

So You Want to Write a Memoir? – Writer’s Aid Series*

Monday, July 15, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
in the Herreshoff Community Room

A memoir is an up-close look at your life that focuses on a particular topic or time period. In this interactive workshop, we will take a look at some well-written memoirs, examine different ways to organize them, and then try writing an excerpt or two. Join the class with your computer or pen/paper on hand and be prepared to begin your personal memoir journey.

Presented by Lynne Heinzmann. Lynn is an author, book coach, editor, and writing instructor for the University of Rhode Island & Community College of Rhode Island.

This is the second installment of the Writer’s Aid Series, hosted in partnership with the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA). Attend one, some, or all of the 6 events. This series funded through a grant from the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.


Don Winslow – An Author Talk

Saturday, July 27, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
in the Herreshoff Community Room

Acclaimed crime novelist and activist Don Winslow will visit RFL on Saturday, July 27 at noon. He will talk about his upcoming gritty gangster trilogy (which was inspired by his hometown of Providence, RI).

His latest book “City of Dreams” will be available to purchase from Ink Fish Books and be signed by Don at this event, moderated by writer, scholar, and educator Susan Tacent. Questions from the audience are welcome.

Space is limited. Registration Required.


Authors Unplugged: Dr. Jennifer Levasseur

Wednesday, August 7, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
**VIRTUAL ONLY**

Your All Access Pass Behind the Scenes at the Space Station with a Smithsonian Curator

Revealing a new perspective into the world of space exploration and the daring astronauts who make it possible, Dr. Levasseur, curator at the National Air and Space Museum, will guide you through the Smithsonian’s Behind the Scenes at the Space Station and take you on a once-in-a-lifetime virtual tour of the International Space Station.


A Talk with Dr. Matthew Perry

Wednesday, August 14, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
at the RI Veterans Home
480 Metacom Ave, Bristol, RI 02809

What Rhode Islander is considered a Hero in Japan for opening the doors of trade to the United States?

RFL Hits the Road with Dr. Matthew Perry, a Bristol Descendant who will talk about “Commodore Matthew C. Perry USN: Military Diplomat with Japan” at the RI Veterans Home Community Living Center, 480 Metacom Ave, Bristol.


Authors Unplugged: Irena Smith, PhD

Thursday, August 15, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
**VIRTUAL ONLY**

The Golden Ticket to College Admissions Is Not What You Think: Redefining Success for Parents of Teens

Another college application season is around the corner, and stress is already beginning to ratchet up for teens and their parents. You’re invited to join us for this must-watch talk by Irena Smith, PhD, a former Stanford Admissions Officer. You will hear about constructive and healthy ways to approach the college application process, preserve your relationship with your teen, and help them define success on their terms instead of chasing the elusive “golden ticket.”


Editing: Soup to Nuts – Writer’s Aid Series*

Monday, August 19, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
in the Herreshoff Community Room

For many authors, the editing process is a daunting one, but a well edited manuscript can mean the difference between a book that’s ready for the world and a document that sits in a drawer collecting dust. Let’s talk about the different parts of the editing process and how to successfully find and work with an editor.

Presented by Tabitha Lord, Vice President of the Association of RI Authors (ARIA) and a partner and senior writer at Book Club Babble. Tabitha’s HORIZON science fiction series has received several awards including the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize in 2016.

This is the second installment of the Writer’s Aid Series, hosted in partnership with the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA). Attend one, some, or all of the 6 events. This series funded through a grant from the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.


Authors Unplugged: Shelby Van Pelt

Wednesday, August 21, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
**VIRTUAL ONLY**

An Exploration of Friendship, Reckoning, and Hope

We invite you to join us as we chat with the amazing New York Times bestselling author Shelby Van Pelt about her beloved novel Remarkably Bright Creatures. You don’t want to miss this deep-dive exploration of friendship, reckoning, hope, and so much more! Remarkably Bright Creatures is a luminous debut novel about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium—and the truths she finally uncovers about her son’s disappearance 30 years ago.

Nautical Crafting

Saturday, July 13, 10:00 – 11:30 am
in the Herreshoff Community Room

Nautical Crafting with Book Pages

Get ready to sail the creative seas! This unique class harnesses the charm of book pages, transforming them into ships. It’s a fun, eco-friendly way to express your creativity. Hosted by Pop up Art School.

Recommended for ages: 11+

Registration Required.


July Craft Night

Monday, July 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
in the Herreshoff Community Room

Craft: Butterfly Houses

A hand-painted wooden butterfly house is the perfect addition to your garden! You will assemble and paint your own butterfly house, ready to hang in your yard for butterflies to land on. 

Registration is required.


August Craft Night

Monday, August 26, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
in the Herreshoff Community Room

Craft: Japanese Caligraphy

The Japan America Society of Rhode Island (JASRI) visits the RFL for a night of Origami and Japanese Calligraphy lettering. Artist and experts will help grow your skills!

Registration is required.


If you have any questions about the adult summer reading program please call or write to August Thompson: 401 253 6948 ext. 315, [email protected]

We also have programs for children & teens! To learn more visit our Children’s SRP & Teens SRP webpages.