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.


Summer Hours

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

The Pontiac Free Library is closed on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Presidents’ Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Victory Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans’ Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

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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

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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.)

Updated June 2, 2015


 What's New?

  Summer Hours

The library will be on the summer schedule from June 22 through Labor Day.

Monday 1-7
Tuesday 10-5
Thursday 2-7
Friday 10-5

Closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

  Summer Activities

Join us for the Summer Reading Program 2015
"Every Hero Has a Story"
(An independent reading program for children from preschool-grade 6)

Sign up begins Monday, June 29

The 2015 Summer Reading Program is made possible through funding from the Pontiac Free Library, the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Preschool Story Time for ages 2 to 4
Tuesday @ 10:15 am
June 30-July 28

Bwana Iguana Reptile Program (for all ages)
Friday, July 3 @ 3:00 pm

Make Your Own Hero Shirt (craft for ages 4+)
Thursday, July 9 @ 4:00 pm
Please bring a plain T-shirt

Rhythm Imaginarium (musical workshop, all ages)
Friday, July 24 @ 10:30 am

The Great Baldini Magic Show (for all ages)
Friday, August 7 @ 10:30 am

For information, call the library at 737-3292.

  Story Time for children ages 2 through 4

No Story Time June 2 to June 23. Summer session will be held from June 30 through July 28.
Story Time for children ages 2 to 4  is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:15 AM.


Come and join in the fun! 


   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.

 

  Pontiac Free Library Book Club

The Book Club is led by Arlene OrcuttIf 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:


No meetings in June and July
August 11: The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson
September 8: The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
October 18: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


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

   Knitting or Crocheting anyone?

The Knit/Crochet Group meets Thursday at 2 pm.
 
Come to share knitting/crocheting tips and patterns (and chat).
Novice knitters/crocheters welcome.
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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This part of our page is especially for our younger patrons. Check out the links, news, and info just for KIDS!


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Links

These are places of interest you may want to visit:

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Last Updated: June 2, 2015

 



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