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April @ Your Library

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A fairy house has sprung up outside the Union Public Library.

I wonder who lives there...

Solar Eclipse, April 8th, 2024

The Great Eclipse


Monday, April 8th, 1:00-4:00pm

All Ages Welcome!

On Monday, April 8th, drop in between 1:00 and 4:00pm to celebrate this “totality awesome” event at the library. 

Tiverton is in the 90% range with the partial eclipse starting at 2:14pm and ending at 4:39pm. The official NASA broadcast will be on the big screen for safe sun viewing. Borrow a pair of solar eclipse glasses or a pinhole projector if you wish to view the event outside. Light eclipse-themed refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome.

Please note: We do not have enough glasses for everyone who attends the event to have a pair, but we will have glasses and pinhole projectors that attendees may share amongst each other.

United Way 211 Van - A Free, Confidential Resource

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Friday, April 12th, 9:30am-1:00pm, Library Parking Lot

The United Way 211 van will be in the parking lot of the Tiverton Public Library from 9:30am to 1:00pm on the second Friday of every month.

211 is a confidential service that can connect you with housing, food, affordable childcare, and much more.

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Earth Day Garden Expo

Saturday, April 20th, 11:00am-3:00pm

All Ages Welcome!

Spring is in the air -- join us for our second annual Earth Day Garden Expo!

This FREE event will feature free seeds, soil testing, and advice from URI Master Gardeners, gardening books for sale, a raffle to benefit outdoor library programming, and activities for all ages, as well as representatives from:

  • Eco Rhode Island
  • Gnarly Vines Farm
  • John the Botanist
  • RI Beekeepers Association
  • RI Nature Conservancy
  • RI Wild Plant Society
  • Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
  • Tiverton Farmers Market
  • Tiverton Land Trust
  • Tiverton Litter Committee
  • Tiverton Wastewater District

…and more!

A URI Master Gardening kiosk will also be available, with Master Gardeners to respond to your gardening questions! Bring a soil sample from your garden for FREE soil testing with the URI Master Gardeners. Click below for instructions on how to prepare your soil sample for testing.

Soil Sampling Instructions

Friends of Tiverton Libraries Book & Bake Sale

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Saturday, April 27th, 10:00am-3:00pm, Community Room

Enjoy fresh baked goods; browsing through lots of newly acquired books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles; and hanging out at YOUR favorite library!

Please withhold any book donations at this time, as we are currently taking this opportunity to clean house.

Looking for a Special Activity During School Vacation Week?

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Check out the many museum and activity passes available to borrow. Click below to reserve one today. 

(Note: The Buttonwood Park Zoo pass is not valid during school vacation weeks.)

Reserve a Pass

America and the Holocaust: Jim Crow Laws, Eugenics, and the March Toward Genocide in Nazi-Occupied Europe

RI Holocaust and Genocide Education Commission

Tuesday, April 9th, 6:30-7:30pm, Community Room

This presentation provides a case study examining Nazi Germany and the United States during the 1930s, at a time when racism and eugenics were enshrined in law and practice. We will examine the national and historical contexts in which racism manifested in the two countries, and explore how the pseudoscience of eugenics as well as concerns about "racial purity" found its way into the laws of the United States and Nazi Germany. Presented by Barbara Wahlberg from the Rhode Island Holocaust and Genocide Education Commission.

Adult Crafternoon

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Friday, April 12th, 3:30-4:30pm, Community Room

Join us once a month for some fun and creativity! This month, we'll turn a flowerpot and some rope into a beehive to decorate for spring.

Space and materials are limited. Please register to secure your spot.

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Art House Film Night: Origami in the Park

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Tuesday, April 16th, 6:00-8:00pm, Community Room

Join us on the third Tuesday of every month for a screening of a contemporary feature film or documentary and discussion focusing on artists, designers, photographers, and other creative fields. Presented in partnership with the Tiverton Arts Council.

This month, we will watch and discuss Origami in the Garden (2021; Not Rated; 1h, 30min) – an art film, a love story, and the journey of two artists as they strive to spread peace and inspiration throughout the world through sculpture. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Poetry Reading and Open Mic

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 6:30-7:30pm, Community Room

Join us for an evening of poetry! Local poet David Dragone and friends will read poems from their collections. There will also be time for participants in the audience to read their own poetry if they wish. Light refreshments will be provided.

Your Life, Your Legacy - Planning for Peace of Mind

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Wednesday, April 24th, 1:00-2:00pm, Learning Center

We plan for important life events, such as weddings, major purchases, college education for our children, and retirement. Doesn’t it make sense to plan for the inevitable? Shannon McArthur from Dignity Memorial will be here to talk and answer your questions about pre-planning your final arrangements. Planning now can provide peace of mind – for you and for those you love. Space is limited. Click the button below to register.

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Movie Night: Barbie

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Wednesday, April 24th, 6:00-8:00pm, Community Room

Join us for a free movie, popcorn, and drinks every month. This month, we will watch Barbie (2023; Rated PG-13; 1h 56m). Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans.

and More!
Click below to see our regular weekly and monthly programs for adults.
More Adult Programs
One-on-One Tech Help

All month long

Tiverton Library offers free tech help to all residents. You don’t need to be a member of the library to use this service. We can help you with iPhone and Android phones, tablets, e-readers, and computers. You don’t have to own a device to attend tech help. To find out more or to book an appointment, call Kristin at 401-625-6796 ext. 8 or click the button below.

Book an Appointment

Tech Help at the Senior Center

Can’t make it to the library for tech help? Our technology coordinator, Kristin, is available at the Tiverton Senior Center every Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00am.

Book Groups
New members are always welcome to any of our book groups. There’s something for everyone! 

Stop by the Information Desk at the library for a copy of the book to be discussed.

'Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley

Tiverton Public Library Book Group

Friday, April 12th, 10:30am


Wednesday, April 17th, 6:00pm

Community Room

‘I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats’ by Francesco Marciuliano

Bajah's Book Group

Monday, April 15th, 12:30pm

Bajah's Cat Cafe, 137 Main Road

Copies of the book are available at the library and at Bajah's Cat Cafe.

'Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest’ by Sandra Day O'Connor and H. Alan Day

Union Public Library Book Group

Thursday, 18th, 1:00pm

Union Public Library

'The Book of Lost Friends’ by Lisa Wingate
Tiverton Senior Center Book Club

Please contact the Senior Center at or 401-625-6790 for meeting details.


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Wednesday, April 3rd & 17th, 5:00-7:00pm, Teen Room

What is a solo TTRPG? It's a tabletop role playing game (think Dungeons & Dragons) that you play at your own pace through journaling. Build a character and take them on a journey through prompts, dice rolls, card pulls, and guide books!

Join us to choose a game and build your character. All materials are provided.

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Art Club

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Thursdays, April 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th, 3:00-4:00pm, Learning Center (or outside on the Patio, weather permitting)

Whether you draw, paint, craft, or anything else, bring your projects to the teen Art Club every Thursday. There will also be some materials provided if you want to try your hand at something new! Come get creative with us at the Tiverton Library.

Crochet Club

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Monday, April 8th & 22nd, 6:00-7:00pm, Learning Center

Join the Crochet Club for teens and adults! We'll be meeting twice a month on Mondays to work on crochet projects. All skill levels welcome! Supplies are provided for beginners.

Teen Craft: Worry Pets

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Wednesday, April 24th, 5:00-6:00pm, Learning Center

Worry pets are small, weighted stuffed animals that you can create and find comfort in. Learn how to cut, sew, and fill your own worry pet! All materials are provided.

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Storytime Adventures

Same Day, New Time

Select Mondays, April 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th, 10:05am OR 10:40am, Community Room 

Recommended for children ages 1-5

Join Miss Meg and Mr. Monkey for stories, songs, and games. 

Now at 10:05am and repeated at 10:40am. The same story will be read during both sessions. 

Families are invited to attend 1 storytime session per week. Seats will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Storytime is canceled if Tiverton Public Schools are closed.

Little Explorer's Playtime

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Select Thursdays, 10:30am-12:00pm, Children's Activity Room

Recommended for kids ages 3-5

Drop by the activity room to explore, play, and create with our material of the week:

  • Thursday, April 4th - Blocks and Trains
  • Thursday, April 11th - Playdough
  • Thursday, April 25th - Paper, Glue, and Scissors

Storytime To Go

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Starting April 4th, Children's Library

Recommended for kids ages 2-6

Pick up a Kanopy storytime craft kit to enjoy at home. One kit per child while supplies last. 

The Art Room

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Saturday, April 6th, and Wednesday, April 10th, 10:30am-12:00pm, Children's Activity Room 

Recommended for kids ages 5-10

This month, we will use glitter, coffee filters, and spray bottles to create some stellar planets to hang in our art gallery. One project per child while supplies last.

School Vacation Week

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April 15th-19th, Select Times, Children's Activity Room

Please check the library calendar to discover the activity of the day. We will be playing I Spy, having another visit from our friends at the GIANT Room, watching movies, creating art, and building with our LEGO collection.

Friends of Tiverton Libraries
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Wednesday, April 10th, 6:30-7:30pm, Trustees Room

The next meeting of the Friends of Tiverton Libraries is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10th, at 6:30pm. All are welcome.

Bakers Wanted

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The Friends Book and Bake Sale will be Saturday, April 27th, from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Community Room. As always, we welcome your baked goodies.

Please drop off at the library between 2:00 and 4:00pm on Friday, April 26th, or at 10:00am on Saturday, the 27th. Thanks for your support of the Friends of Tiverton Libraries!

Book Nook

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Please note that we are not accepting book donations at this time for our April Book Sale, as we are currently working to reduce inventory.

However, we continue to accept small donations (one bag or small box per library visit) at our very popular Book Nook. Children's books are particularly needed for our Specials Table.

Union Library
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Grow Your Own Healthy Food with Free Seeds

Union Public Library is sharing free seeds in April.

Please stop by the Union Public Library during the hours of operation and pick up a few packets of free seeds.

The Free Seed Program is possible due to the generosity of the Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) Charitable Foundation, which donates still-viable seeds from OSJL stores to the URI Cooperative Extension annually.

Library hours:

  • Tuesday 10-5
  • Saturday 10-1

Questions: 401-625-6799

Union Public Library Book Group

'Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest' by Sandra Day O'Connor and H. Alan Day

Thursday, April 18th, 1:00-2:00pm, Union Public Library

The Union Public Library Book Group will meet on Thursday, April 18th, at 1:00pm at the Union Library and will discuss Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest by Sandra Day O'Connor and H. Alan Day. All are welcome!

Copies of the book are available at both libraries for check-out.

Union Public Library Merry May Day Dance and Play

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Tuesday, April 30th, 3:00pm, Union Public Library - weather permitting

The Union Public Library will host a Merry May Day Dance and Play on Tuesday, April 30th, at 3:00pm. This event is weather dependent.

Questions? Call: 625-6799

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