|Monday||1 - 7|
|Tuesday||10 - 5|
|Thursday||2 - 7|
|Friday||1 - 5|
|Saturday||10 - 2|
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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.
Updated March 31, 2015
Friends Renewal & Fundraising
Spring is here, finally! So once again, we're asking you to renew your Friends membership at
$5.00/person. The money raised from the Friends drive provides a significant portion of our annual fundraising. Please consider making a larger donation, if you are able.
(Checks payable to the "Pontiac Free Library".)
We will hold the Book Sale in the fall this year with a date to be announced.
Story Time for
children ages 2 through 4
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.
Pontiac Free Library Book Club
The Book Club is led
Arlene Orcutt. 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 book club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
The planned upcoming discussions are:
April 14: Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
May 12: A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova
June 9: The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
July 14: The Paris Winter by Imogene Robertson.
For more information please contact Arlene Orcutt at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 401-219-6849.
Knitting or Crocheting anyone?
- Pontiac Free Library is a member of Ocean State Libraries.
- Wireless Internet access is available for use by our patrons with portable devices.
Click here for answers to some questions you might have about using wireless Internet in the library.
- Internet workstations with printing capability, a fax machine, scanner and copier are all available for your use.
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.
This part of our page is especially for our younger patrons. Check out the links, news, and info just for KIDS!
- FunBrain: Check your brainpower with these games and puzzles
- Disney: Your favorite characters, movies, stories, and television shows on the web--also brings you to ZoogDisney Kids area!
- Nickelodeon: The TV station for kids is also on the web.
- National Geographic For Kids: Lots of good information and links about our world.
- AltaVista.com: Ask a question at AltaVista and search the web for the answer!
- Providence Public Library: "E-library" has tons of useful research links.
These are places of interest you may want to visit:
- askri.org - Rhode Island's Statewide Reference Resource Center... your source for answers and a whole lot more.
- Ocean State Libraries Home Page - Search the consortium of 49 public library systems in Ocean State Libraries, get directions to Rhode Island Public Libraries.
- Ocean State Online - Everything in Rhode Island news, entertainment, upcoming events, plus facts and quizzes.
- CNN Online - Get the news.
- Fox News Channel Online - Get the news.
- Providence Journal Bulletin Online - Access the ProJo from your computer.
- Warwick Beacon Online - Access our city's local newspaper.
- Providence Public Library - The "E-library" provides many useful resourse links; including genealogy, history, and literature.
- Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) - Information about libraries and library programs across the state.
Last Updated: March 31, 2015