Reach Out and Read RI Partnership

Reading Together


The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) and Reach Out and Read Rhode Island have partnered to encourage parents and guardians to sign up their 5 year old child for a library card.

5 year olds "graduating" from the Reach Out and Read Program at select practices are invited to visit one of three participating public libraries to meet their children's librarian and get their very own library card.

Participating Pediatric Practices

Children who have their 5 year wellness visit at the practices of Leena Davis MD, Toll Gate Pediatrics, or Children's Choice Pediatrics will receive a free copy of the picture book Lola at the Library and a bookmark with instructions for getting a library card.

Participating Libraries

Children who receive a bookmark with directions for getting a library card are invited to visit the Warwick Public Library (Central Library), the West Warwick Public Library, or the Pontiac Free Library to meet their children's librarian and get their very own library card. Children who get their library card at one of the participating libraries will also be given a free copy of the picture book Curious George Visits the Library to keep.

Warwick Public Library Central Library
600 Sandy Lane
Warwick, RI 02889
Mon. - Thurs. 9am - 9pm
Fri. and Sat. 9am - 5pm
Sunday  1pm - 5pm (Sep - May)
Calendar of Children's Programs

West Warwick Public Library
1043 Main St.
West Warwick, RI 02893
Mon. - Wed. 9am - 9pm
Thurs. and Fri. 9am - 5pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
Sunday Closed
Calendar of Programs

Pontiac Free Library
101 Greenwich Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886
Mon. 1pm-7pm
Tues. 10am-5pm
Weds. Closed
Thurs. 2pm-7pm
Fri. 1pm-5pm
Sat. 10am-2pm
Sunday Closed
Calendar of Programs

Getting a Library Card

On your first visit to the library, a parent or caregiver must bring their current RI photo ID, such as:

  • a driver's license, or
  • State ID, or
  • learner's permit

If you do not have a current RI photo ID, bring two forms of identifications:

  1. A current photo ID such as a passport, armed services ID, out of state driver's license, bus pass, employee ID, Green Card, professional, vocational or union ID.
  2. Proof of residency, such as a personal or payroll check, cable, phone or utility bill, rental lease, mail with your name on it delivered to your residence by the US Post Office, statement from a homeless or other shelter, or bank statement.

For more information about getting a library card and borrowing library materials visit

Find a Library

You can get a library card at any of the 71 public libraries in Rhode Island! Find a public library in your community at Enter your city/town and select "Public Library" under "Type."

Children participating in this Reach Out and Read/OLIS program may get their library card at a public library other than the Warwick Public Library (Central Library), the West Warwick Public Library, or the Pontiac Free Library, however a copy of Curious George Visits the Library will not immediately be available to take home.

Early Literacy and Public Libraries

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can read or write. The more children know about reading or writing, the more prepared they are for learning to read and write. Getting children ready to read and write is as easy as talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing! Talk about your day, sing a silly song, read a library book together, write a shopping list, or play a game every day to prepare your child for sucess in school. Visit your local public library for books and music to share together, to play with toys and puzzles, or to enjoy a special program.


For more information about this program or public library services, please contact Danielle Margarida, OLIS Youth Services Coordinator.

Danielle Margarida
Youth Services Coordinator