A historic site that originated in 1871 as the Warren Public Reading Room Association, Warren’s George Hail Library is home to the Literacy Volunteers of East Bay, an organization dedicated to providing free instruction in basic literacy and English language skills to Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents. Families who visit the library are eligible to receive temporary discount passes to the Audubon Society, Blithewold Mansion, Mystic Aquarium, Pawtucket Red Sox games and more. Additionally, the library features a book discussion group, based around an exciting new title each month; check out the discussion moderator’s blog, entitled “Pam’s Picks,” for more information about upcoming titles, as well as in-depth book reviews. The library will also get into the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day this spring, with their Celebrating Ireland event on March 6, which will feature fun Irish music with Mary King.
The George Hail Library offers multiple children’s programs, foremost among them a story hour schedule that covers various subjects on different evenings. All story hours also include songs, crafts and film clips. Online, children can find fun Tumblebooks for their iPads, which are stories created in flash animation, along with kid-themed library catalogues. Last, but certainly not least, reference librarians and tutors are always on hand for help in all school subjects. The Kid’s Corner Information Place, located on the library’s website, keeps a reliable list of Internet resources for K-12 students to peruse.
The George Hail Library is part of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) network, which not only connects it with other Rhode Island libraries, but also boasts a massive catalogue of digital titles for mp3 players, computers and e-readers such as the Kindle and Nook.