Among Friends
News and notes from North Kingstown Free Library
June 2020
Library Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9am, - 8:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
To our valued patrons,
The North Kingstown Free Library condemns the incidents of brutality which resulted in the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, amongst so many others. We stand with our local and national agencies: the Rhode Island Library Association, the New England Library Association and the American Library Association in endorsing the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s statement on May 28th.

We denounce the continually systemic oppression and life-threatening violence which Black people and all people of color face on a daily basis in our country. The North Kingstown Free Library strives to be a pillar of democracy in the town of North Kingstown and will continue to speak out against injustices.

We believe the solution to ending systemic racism is a well-informed community who is prepared to stand up, speak up, and vote.

As a public library we stand for true equality, embracing diversity, inclusivity, advocacy and equal access in both our local community and across the country. We commit to looking inwardly at our institution and holding ourselves accountable to better serve our community.

~North Kingstown Free Library Administration
Geneaology Help Session
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 pm
Helen Smith of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society will be available to provide genealogical research help via Zoom. Whether you are a beginner or well into your family tree research you are invited to ask your research questions, get advice from Helen and collaborate with other researchers. Register to receive a Zoom link to join the discussion. 
Electronic Waste Recycling Day
Saturday, June 27, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
It's that time of year! Safely and responsibly get rid of the old electronics cluttering your home. Indie Cycle will be in the library's parking lot accepting all donations in a drive-thru manner. Load up your trunk, and drive by the library to participate.
Pinterest Party
All month long, join Community Outreach Coordinator, Emily over on Padlet for a virtual Pinterest Party! Click the link below to see the board with this month's challenge. Get crafty, and come back to share with everyone else.

Email us if you need assistance getting set up.
Cookbook Club
We can’t meet in person right now but that doesn’t mean we can’t share our recipes. Join Nancy over on Padlet for Book Bites: Cooking from my COVID-19 Cupboard to post recipes and share your cooking experiences while we are staying home.
Dreamcatchers with Tomaquag Museum
Thursday, July 9, 11:00 am
Join the Tomaquag Museum as they present a Dreamcatcher workshop. Make your own dreamcatcher and find out the history of these unique items.
This event is intended for teens and adults ages 8+.
Virtual Book Discussions
Monday, June 15, 11:00 am
for Zoom link
Thursday, June 18, 3:00 pm
for information and Zoom link
Monday, June 29, 8:00 PM
This new Anti-Racism book group will be a constructive forum for personal growth towards being a better ally.
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 pm
Contact for the Zoom link.
The Farmer’s Bank of Wickford operated in Wickford from 1853-1857, one of six banks in business in North Kingstown at the time. The library holds in its collection   two bills of currency   issued by the bank, both bearing the signature of the bank’s founder and president Euclid Chadsey. Like many institutions, the bank did not survive the financial crisis of 1857. Chadsey, a relation of library benefactor Caleb Allen Chadsey, also suffered great personal loss with the successive deaths of two wives and two daughters. After the bank’s closing, he ended up leaving Wickford and spending the final years of his life in the religious Shaker community of Enfield, CT. He is buried, however, alongside his first wife and daughters at Elm Grove Cemetery in North Kingstown.
Missing our magazine subscriptions? Access them at home with Flipster at or download the Flipster app to your smart device.
Gale Presents: Udemy is a new online learning platform for public libraries that provides patrons access to over 4,000 high-quality, on-demand video courses taught by world-class instructors.
Have questions? Want to set up an appointment for Curbside Pick-up? Head over to to chat with a library staff member LIVE!
Monday-Friday, 10am - 3:30pm
Looking for book suggestions? Check out our Goodreads page! We've recently updated our 2019 Staff Picks and many other shelves with titles available on the eZone and Hoopla
2020 Summer Reading Program Goes Digital
Who is it for? Everyone ages 3-109!
When does it start? Monday, June 22
Where to participate: (or download the app!)*
Join us in experiencing summer reading in a brand new way!

We invite children, teens and adults to the NKFL Summer Challenge featuring fun-filled activities, badges and great prizes. We are looking forward to exploring and learning this new summer challenge along with you.

You can sign up online at or download the Beanstack Tracker mobile app.* The fun begins on Monday, June 22. If you cannot sign up with a computer or a phone, please call the library at 294-3306 and we would be happy to sign you up.

The Beanstack website includes tools to help you and your family discover books, keep track of your reading, and reach reading goals through badges, activities and book reviews.

There is an adult program for people 18 years old and up, a teen program for 6th -12th grade and two children’s programs : 3-5 year olds and 6-11 year olds.

Starting Monday, June 22 visit* and create your reader account and then register for either the children's, teens or adult challenge. Log your reading activity, completed fun activities, and win badges and raffle tickets for grand prizes such as gift cards from Inside Scoop, Newport Creamery, Jitters Café, Dave’s Marketplace and Amazon. If you have any questions please call 294-3306 and ask for Nancy (adults), Lee-Ann (teens), or Mrs. B. (children’s).

*The tracking site link is not yet live. Use this link on, or a few days before, June 22 to sign up.
Make your shopping go further
Did you know? If you have an Android, you can now shop Amazon Smile in your Amazon app?
Set up AmazonSmile in your app, and Amazon will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Friends.