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Children’s Summer Reading Program at Mohr Library

Children’s Summer Reading Program registration will be held on June 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 25 from noon to 5 p.m.; June 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and June 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mohr Library.

Register for Summer Reading and enjoy several self-directed craft projects for children and parents to do together, and play with thousands of LEGO bricks. The program is for ages 4 and up with a grown-up.

Children who complete their reading log by reading or listening to books, e-books, magazines, graphic novels or audio books throughout the summer and attending library programs will receive a free book, 10 raffle tickets, an ice cream party invitation, a variety of incentive coupons (free or reduced admission to the Providence Children’s Museum, Roger Williams Zoo and other attractions) and a certificate of completion.

The deadline for submitting completed reading logs is Aug. 7.

The RI Office of Library and Information Services support the statewide Summer Reading Program with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Local support includes The Friends of Mohr Library and generous gifts in memory of Andrew Greene.

For more information or to register, visit

At the Johnston Historical Society

The Johnston Historical Society’s museum barn is open Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 2-5 p.m.; and the first and third Saturdays of each month, 9-11 a.m., for those who would like to visit the museum or examine the society's collection of printed materials. Both the museum and Elijah Angell House continue to be open by appointment – they always welcome visits by interested individuals or groups. Just send them an email at or leave a message at 231-3380 to set one up.

A General Meeting will take place on June 26 at 7 p.m. Robert A. Geake, board member and archivist at the Warwick Historical Society, will give a talk entitled “A Separate War of Independence: The Militia’s Struggle to Retain Independence in the American Revolution.”

For more information, visit

Free yoga for breast cancer survivors

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation and Yoga at Studio Exhale offers yoga for breast cancer survivors every Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m.

Yoga at Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston, is the place to be to explore slow flow, gentle movement to create space in the body and eliminate stress. This class is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. Visit for more details.

Children’s programs at the Mohr

Lego Club is held every second Thursday of the month through June from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The club has more than 10,000 Lego bricks for participants to use.

Family Drop-in Craft sessions are held every Saturday through June. Drop in anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and enjoy several self-directed projects for kids and parents to do together. There is no need to register. The program is not appropriate for children under 3, as small parts might present a hazard.

For more information, visit or contact the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Ave., Johnston, at 231-4980, ext. 5, or

Help make a house a home

The Furniture Bank of RI, a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation, needs bureaus, complete twin or double beds, kitchen sets, mattresses and other household furniture that you no longer need. To help a less fortunate family through your charitable donation of good used furniture, call 401-831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.

Free Craft Bash Saturdays in Cranston

Families are welcome to join The Artists’ Exchange for free crafts at Artists’ Exchange on the last Saturday of every month. Craft Bash themes are not only designed to be fun art activities for kids but also enriching learning opportunities.

The expressive arts can work as a tool for strengthening skills in all disciplines by offering alternative ways to think about core subjects. Many art projects unknowingly have ties to math, science and history.

By exemplifying these concepts throughout the project, kids can build their art skills while learning cross-curricular information at the same time. Remember, Craft Bash is free and open to all ages and abilities. Artists’ Exchange is located at 50 Rolfe Sq., Cranston. For more information, call 401-490-9475 or visit

Book Sales

Members of the Friends plan and run book sales and carry out other fundraising activities to allow Mohr Library to increase services and programs. The Friends welcome new members who are willing to support either through donations, membership dues, or through volunteering their time. To find out more, contact them, or call the library director at 401-231-4980 (press 7).

There is an ongoing book sale in the lower level hall across from the meeting room. The Friends also hold larger sales two or three times a year. Great selections at great prices include hard cover and paperback books, fiction and non-fiction, for adults, children, and young adults. Most prices range from $.25 to $2. The Friends are a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, with proceeds from fundraising supporting library programs and services.

Donations of gently used books are appreciated and can be left at the library's main desk during library hours. Receipts for tax purposes are available.

14th One Act Play Festival at Artists’ Exchange

Artists’ Exchange’s One Act Play Festival returns next month for its 14th season.

The festival runs from July 11-27 at Theatre 82, 82 Rolfe Square, Cranston. It will feature 10 original one-act plays written by local, regional, and national playwrights and performed by an ensemble of 27 actors of all ages, abilities and acting experience.

Performances will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A beer and wine cash bar will be available before and during the show.

The festival’s directors are Jessica Chace, Tom Chace, Lauren Annicelli and Rhiannon Annin, with original music by Parker Chace and lighting design by Alexander Sprague.

The 2019 plays and their authors are “Game Changer” by Kay Ellen Bullard of Lincoln; “Top Shelf Tolstoy” by Maximillian Gill of Sunnyside, New York; “Up in the Air” by Ben Jolivet of Providence; “FOMO” by Rhea MacCallum of Downey, California; “/ärt/” by Steven G. Martin of Lafayette, Indiana; “When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a Christmas Tree” by Rich Orloff of New York City; “Family by Numbers” by Arianna Rose of Miami Beach, Florida; “Putt-Putt” by George Sapio of Spencer, New York; “The Stand” by Caity-Shea Violette of Boston; and “The Monster Under the Bed” by Joseph Vitale of Denville, New Jersey.

For more information, call 490-9475 or visit

Mohr Library Genealogy Group Meetings

Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library hosts a Genealogy Group on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

The Library has yearly subscriptions to and New England Historical Genealogical Society databases (NEHGS) on all library computers.

The Library also publishes a monthly newsletter outlining upcoming program details and includes tips for searching. Former programs include field trips to the State Archive and Swan Point Cemetery, as well as speakers on cemeteries, medallions found on gravestones, how to search for a nationality, and much more.

Meetings are open to all who are interested. For more information, call 401-231-4980 or email;

Did You Know?

The summer solstice always occurs between June 20 and June 22, but because the calendar doesn't exactly reflect the Earth's rotation, the precise time shifts slightly each year. This year, summer will begin June 21, when the sun will reach its greatest height in the sky for the Northern Hemisphere at 11:54 a.m. Eastern Time. (Source: Summer Fun Facts) Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can range from community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events. Email today and see your news in our column in the Johnston Sun Rise! Please include a daytime telephone number in case we require any further information.


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