Early Literacy Learning Center

Laying the foundation for learning and reading

The Library’s Early Literacy Learning services and programs support the foundation of pre-reading and language enrichment skills so crucial to the young child’s cognitive and social development. Our professional librarians and early childhood educators work with parents, educators and caregivers throughout the state to provide the collections, resources and support they need to assist these young minds in being ready to read, and most importantly, in beginning their lifelong habit of reading for pleasure and knowledge.

Premiere Children’s Collection: 60,000+ items
Our juvenile collections are the largest in the state, selected by professional librarians for both quality and appeal. 

For Parents:

Learning Classes/Programs: for ages birth to 5 and their parent/educators

Programs and classes are the cornerstone of our EarlyLiteracy services. Our core early childhood classes include Cradle to Crayons, an ongoing eight-week series for children ages 1 to 3 and their parent or caregiver, Lapsit Story Times (birth to 18 months), and Preschool Storytimes (3 – 5 years). Workshops for parents and educators are also offered throughout the year. Our Family Learning Sundays is a monthly program where we invite families of children ages 5 to 8 into the Library for varied interactive learning experiences.

Special Parent Workshops: Getting Ready to Read

Chace Children's Discovery Library -- Rhode Island's latest early learning destination!


Our Children’s Library has been transformed into the Chace Children’s Discovery Library -- The Story Starts Here... It offers a captivating and enriching environment, providing a joyful learning experience for young children, their families and caregivers. Through an engaging and artful redesign, the Chace Children's Discovery Library at PPL aims to:

  • promote a love of reading in young children
  • foster an understanding by parents and family-based caregivers of the importance of pre-reading literacy activities as the foundation for successful reading acquisition
  • provide professional support for early childhood educators

Websites for parents

Fun in Rhode Island

Resources for older students

For Educators and Students:

Book Selection and Bulk Loans

Our support services for all Rhode Island Pre-K—12 educators allow teachers, school librarians and literacy coaches to borrow up to 90 books for eight weeks at a time. Professional librarian services include consultation, topic-specific book selection and assembly of large loans. We provide more than 10,000 items to class-rooms annually! Class visits to the Library are also encouraged.

LARKs: Learning and Reading Kits

Based on best practices for daycare providers and educators, LARKs bring quality literature to our state’s youngest residents. With more than 160 different themes, and a selection available in Spanish as well as English, LARK kits contain books, activity guides, music cassettes, worksheets, games, toys or puppets, and a bibliography list. Any Rhode Island child care agency, family child care home, preschool, or kindergarten teacher may borrow the kits.