100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Rhode Island 02830
Phone 401-710-7800
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 Ongoing Library Programs


For more information about any of our Ongoing Programs, and to confirm dates and times, please call the Library.


Check out our new and improved Online Calendar of Events hosted by Eventkeeper.

As ever, be sure to check out our Newsletter and Facebook for additional programming and event information.


for Adults

  • Book Discussion
    Meets 2nd wednesdays
    at 11:15 a.m.
    Selection List 2017
  • Friends of the Library
    1st Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.
    Please join us. The more friends we have, the better!
  • Adult Writing Group
    Alternate Wednesdays
    6:30 p.m.
    This group provides a supportive atmosphere where writers can share their experiences and ideas, and develop their writing skills.
    Please call to confirm meeting dates.
  • Knitting Group
    Ages 10 to Adult
    Thursdays 6:00 p.m.
    Whether you're just learning or sharpening up your skills, come enjoy an evening of knitting or crochetting. Share your skills, ask questions, grow your craft. Yarn and needles available for those who need them.
  • Crafting Makerspace
    Stop in and create interesting craft items using our crafting tools and supplies. Check our newsletter for dates and times!
  • Puzzle Table
    There is a puzzle table in the downstairs Lounge area. Patrons are invited to stop by and fit a few pieces, or finish the whole puzzle. If you finish it, we'll set out a new one.
  • Adult Coloring
    If you'd like to spend some time coloring, there are coloring sheets to be found on the study tables in the main stacks. Take the coloring sheets home, or make yourself comfortable at one of the tables and use our crayons.

for Children & Teens

  • Storytimes
    Check the online Calendar and the Newsletter for Storytimes.
  • Saturday Playgroup
    Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    The Children's Room is open for families with young children to gather and play. Invite your friends, meet new friends!
  • Literacy "Tails"
    Kids ages 6 - 12
    Read to a Certified Therapy Dog
    Various Mondays & Tuesdays
    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    See our newsletter for dates & times.
  • Knitting Group
    Ages 10 to Adult
    Thursdays 6:00 p.m.
  • Elementary Book/Writing Club
    Grades 2 - 5
    Check our newsletter for
    dates and times!
  • Lego Group
    Tuesdays 3:00 - 6:00
    Summer Saturdays 10:30 - 1:30
    Winter Saturdays 12:00 - 4:00
    Children 5 and older do not need supervision.
  • Science Club
    Ages 5 and older
    Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
    Fun and interesting science experiments!

for Teens

  • The Hangout
    For Teens 11 - 17
    Mon - Thu 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    Fri 2:00 to 4:45 p.m.
    Wii on the big screen, snacks, game challenges, crafts, computers.
    Come and go from the hangout at any time during the open hours.
  • Knitting Group
    Ages 10 to Adult
    Thursdays 6:00 p.m.
  • Book Club
    Check out the latest selection at the Circ Desk.
  • Check out the Teen Page and Instagram @jessesmithteens


Summer Reading

Summer Entertainment

Winter Entertainment

  • Friday Night Coffeehouse
    3rd Fridays
    January - June
    7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Closings 2017

  • Happy New Year!
    New Year's Day

    Monday, January 02
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Monday, January 16
  • Presidents Day
    Monday, February 20
  • Memorial Day
    Monday, May 29
  • Independence Day
    Tuesday, July 04
  • Victory Day
    Monday, August 14
  • Labor Day
    Monday, September 04
  • Columbus Day
    Monday, October 09
  • Veterans Day
    Saturday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving 2017
    Thanksgiving Day, Nov 23
    CLOSED Friday, Nov 24
  • Christmas 2017
    CLOSED Sat, Dec 23
    CLOSED Sun, Dec 24
    Christmas Day, Mon, Dec 25
  • New Year 2017-2018
  • Happy 2018!

Weather Closing &
Cancellation Information

During inclement weather, the Library may close early, delay opening time, or be closed all day when weather conditions warrant. If you are in doubt, please call ahead (401-710-7800) or check online here or on Facebook.

We also send closing information to the Rhode Island Broadcasting Association so check your favorite television news station.

Whenever the library closes early, fines are suspended for materials which were due but could not be returned on that day. All materials due on the day of closing then become due on the next open day.

Children's Programs Cancellations —

All children’s programs will be cancelled if classes in the Burrillville Public Schools are cancelled, even if the library elects to remain open.