NEW Children’s Discovery Library to be Unveiled at Providence Public Library - Saturday, January 28

The Providence Public Library children’s room will officially reopen Saturday, January 28 …transformed into the brand new Children’s Discovery Library The Story Starts Here!  There there will be a ribbon cutting, special activities and prizes for children and families.  All are invited to help celebrate (children wanted to help cut the ribbon!)  The Library opens at 12:30 pm.

Providence Public Library (PPL) and its Early Literacy Learning Center staff have been leaders for decades in providing Providence and all Rhode Island’s youngest learners and their families and caregivers with access to its vast collection and resources, as well as exceptional learning opportunities.  Continuing in this tradition, the new Children’s Discovery Library — which will be free for use by all early learners -- promises to be Rhode Island’s latest family learning destination.  To create it, PPL turned to Providence Children’s Museum, which has a national reputation for the excellence of its exhibits!  Their artful re-imagining and redesign of PPL’s children’s library has resulted in a captivating and enriching environment for early learners.

The goal of the Children’s Discovery Library is to offer children and families countless opportunities for exploration and joyful learning experiences designed to foster discovery, early literacy skills, and a love of reading.

WHAT AWAITS …at the Children’s Discovery Library…

The Children’s Discovery Library features several hands-on activity centers focused on key elements of literacy development, including its focal area – “the Forest.” 

This magical silvery birch forest is designed to inspire imagination and story making.  A tree trunk hideaway, giant leaf-shaped cushions and playful props encourage pretend play.  An artfully designed mobile of gently swirling yellow birch leaves with letters hidden among them hangs high above the forest.

PPL’s extensive collection of children’s books – over 60,000 in total with approximately 15,000 in the Discovery Library – will be interwoven throughout the room and truly creating a space where children will discover their own stories. The redesigned library also features:

  • comfortable spaces with oversized armchairs where adults & children can read together;
  • 26 small alphabet doors that open to reveal ants and apples, bears and balls
  • activity kits, magnetic poetry wall and phonic play areas;
  • a parent and educator resource area;
  • a special nook for babies; and
  • a soft baby nest for the Library’s youngest visitors.

The Children Discovery Library redesign has been made possible by generous private donations to the Providence Public Library Foundation.


What’s happening prior to the Children’s Discovery Library public opening…

The Children’s Discovery Library will officially reopen January 28 – BUT, the librarians want to emphasize that all regular children’s services, including access to books, continue.

Accessing books – Books currently in the room collection will be relocated within our building and accessible with librarian help.

Normal programs – All of the Library’s regular programs (Cradle to Crayons, Lapsit Story Times, and Pajama Story Time) will be ongoing in alternate locations in the Library throughout the Library renovation. For complete program details, check the Library’s web site: (Just search on Children’s Room.)

Also, we are planning some special programs to be held during the week after the official reopening, including a Sparky’s Puppet Show on Sunday, January 29 at 2 pm and a visit from the Roger Williams Park Zoomobile at 2 pm on Sunday, February 5.