Summer Reading 2017

 Summer Reading Challenge | Incentives | Events | Reading Lists 



Read for Fun

Come in anytime after the school year has ended to pick up a summer reading record and keep track of the books you read.  This year’s reading record folds into a cube!  

We will add completed cubes to a giant build site at the Central Library.

Read to Build a Better World

Reading makes you a better reader, but it also helps you build strength, skills, community, creativity, curiosity, and courage.  

To complete this year’s summer reading challenge, you will read books that help build each of these things.  We will have displays at the library to help you find books for the challenge.

Read to Raise Money

For every completed reading record we receive, $1 or one book will be donated to Books Are Wings.

Books Are Wings is a Rhode Island literacy charity whose mission is to put free books in the hands of children.

Sign up online and you won't have to fill out a registration form when you come in to pick up your reading record!


  • Books must be read during the summer to count and each book can only count for one side of the cube.
  • Please choose books that are right for you. It’s up to you to challenge yourself.
  • You may complete more than one cube. You will receive prizes for the first three cubes, but all cubes count towards the donation to Books Are Wings.
  • Cubes must be handed in between July 5 and Aug 11. They may be submitted in person, mailed to the library, or photographed and emailed to


Young people who participate can choose a prize, have their fines waived, and get their name put in a library book.
We will waive fines on the library card of any young person who signs up for the summer reading challenge. The library card must be in the name of the person who signs up, and we can only waive fines one time between June 26 and Aug 11.  We cannot waive charges for lost materials.  Click here if you would like to have your fines waived.
When you hand in a completed cube, you will receive coupons for free or discounted admission to a number of local attractions and a coupon to a local restaurant (selection varies).  You will also get to choose a small prize.  If you complete additional cubes, you may choose additional prizes, up to 3 prizes per person.

Visit the library again after August 1 and we will have bookplates made up for each person who completed a cube. You can choose which library book your bookplate goes into.  Be the first to check out the book with your name in it!


During the summer, the library offers more than 20 programs a week for a variety of ages.

All programs are free, but some programs require registration or tickets, so please check out the event calendar or our flyers for complete information.

Here are just a few programs we will offer this summer:


Building Blocks @ Central

Ages 4-5

Tuesdays, 9:30 OR 10:30 AM

Build a strong foundation for future reading with this read and build storytime. Registration is required.  Please call 401-943-9080 ext 4 to sign up for either 9:30 or 10:30 AM.

See other preschool programs

Legos & Lunch @ Knightsville

All ages

Wednesdays, 12:00 PM

Enjoy a free delicious and nutritious meal while making Lego creations!  

See other weekly programs


Green Technology with K’Nex

Grades 3-8

Wednesday, June 28 @ 2:30 PM @ Auburn

Thursday, July 13 @ 2:30 PM @ Hall

Monday, July 24 @ 2:30 PM @ Central

Tuesday, Aug 1 @ 2:30 PM @ Knightsville

Friday, Aug 4 @ 2:30 PM @ Oak Lawn

Explore the world of green energy technology in this hands-on K'Nex group build. 

See other special events


Drones for Beginners @ Hall

Tuesday, June 27 @ 2:30 PM

Grades 6 & up

Learn about the present and future of drones and see them fly!

See other teen programs 



The school librarians of the Cranston Public Schools select titles for these recommended reading lists.

There may be additional assigned titles for specific classes. Please note that the middle school reading list includes an assignment that is due the first day of school.

Elementary School

Middle School

High School



If you would like to add your school's reading list to this page, please email a file or link to  

We would like to make this page as comprehensive as possible, but we do not always receive updated information directly from schools, so please confirm the details of summer reading assignments with your educational institution.

BayView Academy Bishop Hendricken Classical High School
Gordon School  Jewish Community Day La Salle Academy
Lincoln School Moses Brown School Middle School Mount Saint Charles Academy
Portsmouth Abbey School Providence Public Schools Saint Raphael Academy
Saint Rocco School  St. Rose of Lima: Grades K-5Grades 6-8 Wheeler School


The summer reading program is made possible by funding from the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Our local sponsors include Cranston Public Library Association, BankNewport, Collette Foundation, Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation, Pawtucket Credit Union Charitable Foundation, Cranston Municipal Employees Credit Union, and the Walmart Foundation.

Local businesses that provided coupons or other incentives include B.Good, Pinkberry, Sundaes, Chipotle, Texas Roadhouse, Rock Spot Climbing Gym, and Time Capsule Comics.

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