Mission

The Pontiac Free Library strives to provide reading and informational resources for all our patrons in a pleasant and inviting atmosphere. We endeavor to meet the needs of our patrons by providing a well-rounded collection of leisure reading materials as well as reference resources in a variety of formats utilizing the latest technologies.


Hours

Monday 1 - 7
Tuesday 10 - 5
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 2 - 7
Friday 1 - 5
Saturday 10 - 2
Sunday Closed

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Staff

Library Director

Carolyn Romelczyk

Assistant Librarian

Jeanette Cole



Directions

For exact directions from your home, click here for Yahoo! Maps and Driving Directions and enter your address.

From Route I-95 take exit 12 (Route 113-east). At the traffic light make a left turn onto Route 5 north. Follow for 0.8 miles to the blinking light with the Pontiac Mills on your right. Take a right at the fork with signs pointing toward Greenwich Avenue and Pontiac Library for 0.5 miles. Pontiac Library is at 101 Greenwich Avenue and is the first building on the left after the All Saints Church.

From Route I-295 take the Warwick exit for Route 2 South (Bald Hill Road). At first traffic light near Sears (R.I. Mall) make a U-turn. From Route 2 north take your first right near Warwick Mall - Access Road (West Natick Road). Pass Warwick Medical Building and Macy's to Route 5. A Providence Bicycle store will be diagonally across Route 5. Cross Route 5 and travel one block taking your first left to Pontiac Library at 101 Greenwich Avenue.


Pontiac Free Library
(A member of Ocean State Libraries)

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101 Greenwich Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 737-3292

Click here to email us.

Click here to access the Ocean State Libraries Catalog.

Click here to access the Ocean State Libraries E-Zone.
Click here to access the EBSCOhost Research Databases.
(You will need to enter your library card barcode number.)
Click here to access AskRI.org.

( Rhode Island's Statewide Reference Resource Center.)
Click here to visit the Pontiac Village Association's website.
(Working to preserve our historic Pontiac Village.)

Updated April 21, 2014


  What's New? 

   Spring Fundraisers!

  The annual spring Book and Plant sale will be held on
Saturday, May 17, 9 AM-2 PM,
at the library. The plants for sale are chemically free grown seedlings from Blue Skys Flower Farm in Cranston and include a variety of herb, vegetable and flower starts. Also, we are seeking donations of potted and labeled perennials to include in the sale.


Please enter our raffles for the chance to win either a lovely quilt or a Trader Joe’s grocery basket. The quilt was made and donated by Rebecca Schulte and the basket is donated by Trader Joe’s. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 and the drawing will be held the day of the Book and Plant Sale at 2 PM.

 

   Library Passes

  We are pleased to be able to offer passes to our patrons for the Mystic Aquarium. or the Biomes Marine Biology Center. The passes provide a discount on the cost of admission. For more information, call the library at 737-3292.

 


   Summer Activities

  Once again, we will participate in the statewide Summer Reading Program for children in preK through 6th grade.
This year’s theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read”.

Come to the Mad Science presentation on Friday, June 27 at 10:30 AM, Mat Franco’s “Magic or Science?” on Friday, July 25 at 10:30 AM and Dave Marchetti’s Animal Experiences, Friday August 8 at 10:30 AM.

Additional summer activities are TBA.

 


  Story & Play Time for children ages 2 and 3

A new Story & Play Time program for children ages 2 and 3 is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:15 AM. Spring session runs through May 27.

Children (with accompanying adults) will hear some stories, learn songs and rhymes, then have the opportunity to play. Come in and make some new friends!
 
Please email or call us at  737-3292 to sign up.



  Pontiac Free Library Book Club

The Book Club,  led by Arlene Orcutt,  meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1 PM.  If you love books and enjoy discussing or just listening to conversation about books, come and join us. Bring your thoughts on books you have read that others might enjoy! Come even if you have not read the book....you might enjoy the conversation!

The planned upcoming discussions are:

May 13:
The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig
June 10:
The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somoya Gowda
July 8: :
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
August 12:

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

  For more information please contact Arlene Orcutt at arleneorcutt@gmail.com or phone at 401-219-6849.

 

   Knitting Anyone?

The Knitting Group continues to meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 10:15 AM.  Come to share knitting tips and patterns (and chat). Those who do other needlework are welcome too!

 

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Did You Know?


History

Located in the historic mill village of Pontiac, the Pontiac Free Library Association was founded in 1884.

The Pontiac Mills, established by Robert and Benjamin Knight during the mid-1800's, was home to the "Fruit of the Loom" clothing label. The mills and the Knight family had a great impact on the village and it's residents.

The Library was created due to the efforts of several village residents; today we recognize mainly Rev. Laurence B. Thoumad, Carl Sundin, and David Alexander, superintendant of the Pontiac Mills. Miss Edith Knight, a relative of Robert and Benjamin, spent much time acting as librarian. Most of the Library's funds were raised through suppers and concerts hosted by Miss Knight.

In later years, the Library began to expand. A trust fund was created through the Knight family's continuing interest and generous funds left by Edith Knight. The Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company aided in this endeavor and the fund was created in 1943.

The present brick structure was erected in 1957. After World War II, the Library was finally able to offer better service and hours. The new building was opened to borrowers on February 10, 1957, the very day after its dedication.


Just for Kids

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Last Updated: April 21, 2014



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