Children and families story time

Children's Programs

PPL'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.

Children's Collection

With more than 60,000 items, the General Collection is one of the largest in the state and dates back to PPL's earliest days. Board Books for babies, picture books for the preschoolers, beginning readers and early chapter books lead children through an outstanding fiction collection. The non-fiction collection is broad in scope and rich in resources.

The Professional Collection includes materials on how to work with children, classroom and library activities, information on authors and illustrators and guides to locating everything from a picture book on a particular topic to science projects or crafts.


Early Literacy Programs

New Temporary Story Time Location! We are now holding our children's story time programs at Grace Episcopal Church. Come to 300 Westminster St., Providence * (see below for details on entering building)

There's usually something happening in our Children's Library. Specially designed early learning programs for children and their parents include:

Baby Steps: Story Time for Infants

Tuesdays & Fridays*, 11:30 am - 12 pm
for ages Birth to 18 months

Join us for stories, songs, rhythm and rhyme all designed for you and your wee-one.

Cradle to Crayons - Tuesday and Friday Sessions!

Register for a Tuesday OR Friday* Session
(for ages 1 to 3 years old)

Tuesday Session 1: 9:30 - 10:30 am

Tuesday Session 2: 10:30 - 11:30 am

Friday* Session 1: 9:30 am

Friday* Session 2: 10:30 am

This program combines time for play and socialization with a story time that includes movement, songs, finger plays and wonderful children’s literature.

To register or for information, contact Anne at or call 455-8098.

*  Please Note: Please access all sessions through the CHAPEL STREET door. PPL staff will be available at the door for the first 30 minutes of each session to provide assistance. All sessions are held on the 2nd floor and strollers must be left on the ground level. These sessions are not handicapped accessible.

Family Learning Sundays

designed for children 5 to 10 years old

Join us for an interactive learning program focusing on various topics including science, music, nature, art and dance. These programs are designed with the family in mind and are aimed at children ages 5 to 8 with their parents/caregivers, but siblings are generally welcome. All programs begin at 2 pm. These programs are currently being held at the Grace Episcopal Church Pavillion, 300 Westminster Street.