The library will be closed Wednesday, March 21 due to the spring storm.


2nd Annual Peep Diorama Contest

Create a diorama using peeps as the main focus. The scene must come from a book (or film based on a book). One entry per family or individual. The top two winners wil be chosen by our esteemed judges. Prize packs will include gift cards to Sweet Lorraine's, Vienna Bakery and other small surprises.

Participants can begin dropping off their dioramas at the circulation desk on Monday, March 19th through Saturday, March 24th. Once a short form is filled out you will be assigned a number. PLEASE do not put your name on the diorama. 

Reading in the Kitchen: a Cookbook Club

A book club for those who like to read cookbooks and enjoy a community meal.

The group meets monthly on the third Monday night of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share from that month’s cookbook and their own table setting. 

Registration is required. This group cannot accommodate drop-ins.

To register, contact Community Services Librarian Jessica D’Avanza at or call 401.247.1920 x312.

Family Scavenger Hunt: Sowams Woods

Spring is in the air! Come explore the outdoors and search for signs of Spring on a scavenger hunt that gets the whole family involved.

Participants will be provided with a list of items and observations to search for during the approximately 1 mile wak at Sowams Woods, a Barrington Land Conservation Trust property located off Washington Road.

RI Library Day Celebration

A makerspace, movies and more! Come and see our 3D printer and vinyl cutter in action. Drop in for crafts, button making and other surprises (while supplies last). Our Double Dahl film feature begins at 11 am with Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG, 1hr. 28 min.) and Matilda (PG, 1hr, 42 min.) 

Barrington Public Library will also be observing Amnesty Day. There will be fine forgiveness for all materials returned on April 14.

RI Library Day is sponsored by the Rhode Island Library Association.

Genealogy 101: A 3-Session Course

This three-session course targets beginniners who wonder how to get started researching their families; those who began their search and need guidance to continue; or those who want a refresher class. Taught by genealogist, Anne Wagner.

The class meets on three consecutive Thursdays. April 26, May 3, and May 10 from 10 am to 12 pm.

Registration is required and will open on March 29.

Documentary Film: JANE

Rated PG
 (2017) 90 minutes

Directed by Brett Morgan
Starring: Jane Goodall

Come see movies the way they were meant to be seen...on the big screen with amazing surround sound in the Library's newly renovated Salem Family Auditorium.

Free Soil Testing with URI Master Gardeners

How healthy is your soil? Get it tested with the URI Master Gardeners who will be at the library on Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to noon. The test will find out its pH, and help you decide how you can make your soil better. Prepare a sample using the following steps:

1. Dig eight scoops of dirt from the area you want to test.

2. Put the scoops in a quart baggie and mix.

3. Take one cup of dirt out of the baggie and air dry.

4. When the dirt is dry, put it in a sandwich baggie.

Lecture: Hummingbirds of the Americas

Naturalist and educator, John Root will share his presentation featuring spectacular images of hummingbirds from North, Central, and South America. Topics discussed include myths and legends about hummingbirds in different cultures, special adaptations for flight, coevolution of hummingbirds and the flowers that they visit, courtship and nesting behavior, and migration.

Learn how to attract hummingbirds to your home with feeders and hummingbird gardens. Comments and questions are welcome throughout the talk. 

Passport Day

Join us for our annual Passport Day on Sunday, April 8. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports at the library from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Passport agents will be at the library during those hours to process applications for individuals and families, and answer any questions about the passport application process. They will also be able to take passport photos for a fee of $10.

Applicants need to bring proof of U.S. citizenship, a valid photo ID (for adults), and a personal check or money order. 

Climate Change & Rising Water: How Barrington Will be Affected

Join us for an informational lecture about how climate change and rising water will affect Barrington over the next century. Wenley Ferguson, Restoration Coordinator at Save the Bay, and Janet Freedman, a Coastal Geologist at the RI Coastal Resources Management Council will discuss and show maps to illustrate how future flooding and coastal erosion might impact Barrington. A question and answer period will follow the talk. 
Free and open to all. 

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