Reading Across Rhode Island

This highly successful, statewide reading program is in its eleventh year! Annual activities include a literacy conference for educators, book group discussions, a traditional Rhode Island May Breakfast featuring the author, and a statewide videoconference for high school students.

2014 RARI BOOK SELECTION: Mr. Penumbra’s 24- Hour Bookstore


Press Release

Treasure Hunt Activity!

Are you prepared to take the Penumbra challenge? Solve the puzzles in this treasure hunt for a chance to Win a Nook at the May Breakfast. Below are the encrypted names of public places, museums and businesses in Rhode Island. You must test the different ciphers and codes against each clue to uncover the names of each location. Location names were encrypted using different types of substitution and transposition methods including: QR Codes, Scrambles, Caesar, acrostics, and Vigenère tables.

Treasure Hunt PDF

Treasure Hunt Word Doc

Calendar of Events

Reading Across Rhode Island Kick-Off Event
January 26th
Providence Public Library
Screening of the documentary Google and the World Brain followed by a discussion led by RISD Professor Benjamin Shaykin.
$20 (includes a copy of the book, retail value $15)

Light refreshments will be provided. To learn more and reserve your seat, contact Kate Lentz at or call 401-273-2250.

3D Printing With AS220
February 24: East Providence Library 6:30-8pm
February 27: Rogers Free Library, Bristol, RI 6-8pmAS220 Industries will be hosting a workshop on 3D printing. Participants will learn about 3D printing and participate in live printing demonstrations inspired by Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.


Brittany Wenger
March 11: Lincoln School, Providence RI 2pm
Reservations required for this event. Please call Kate Lentz 273-2250 or email for more information. At age 17 Brittany Wenger won the 2012 Google Science Fair’s Grand Prize for teaching a software network, or an “artificial brain,” to detect breast cancer through a minimally invasive procedure that could be more reliable than the current biopsy procedure. In 2013 Wenger was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 30 People Under 30 Changing the World.


The Book in Translation
March 13: Graham Visual + Material Resource Center, Room 204, Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design, 15 Westminster Street Providence, RI 02903
6:30 – 8:00pm.
Refreshments will be served.
Join Benjamin Shaykin, for a thought-provoking look into the world of Mr. Penumbra.Memoir Workshop
April 2: North Kingstown Free Library 7pm
Micro Memoir Workshop with Janet Schab of the Lifelong Learning Collaborative. An introductory workshop on writing your life through story.How does Reading and Learning Change on the Internet?
April 23: North Kingstown Free Library 7pm
Julie Coiro, Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Rhode Island

Join a conversation about the nature of information on the Internet and how it impacts our ability to read, think, problem solve, and communicate with others in different contexts.  Explore and share examples of the new opportunities, new challenges, and new mindsets for thinking about how to best take advantage of Internet texts in a digital age.

Out of Print — Film Screening & Panel Discussion
April 27, 2014
1:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Cost: Free
3rd Floor Auditorium
Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903
Sign up for the Out of Print — Film Screening & Panel Discussion!

Living Literature
March 27: 6:30pm Providence Public Library
April 3: 6:30pm Middletown Public Library
April 10: 7:00pm Barrington Public Library
April 17: 7:00pm Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, Narragansett
April 21: 7:00pm Weaver Library, East Providence
May 29: 6:30pm Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI.

Living Literature has created a 45 minute, three person, readers theater presentation that focuses on the first third of this novel; introducing the audience to the main characters and ideas of Robin Sloan’s fantasy/adventure exploration of the modern conflict and transition between new technology (electronic) and old (printed books).  It is intended for both those who have and have not read the book.  If you want to find the solution to the book’s mystery, you’ll have to read the whole book, but this program will get you engaged the in the people and challenges of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

May 2 Robin Sloan Video-Conference at Smithfield High School

May Breakfast with Robin Sloan
May 3: Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Cranston, RI 9:00am
Join hundreds of Rhode Islanders at a traditional May Breakfast as we celebrate the culmination of 2014 Reading Across Rhode Island Program with author Robin Sloan. Tickets on sale February 24th. Contact Kate Lentz at 273-2250 or kate

Meet the Author Robin Sloan!


2013 The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb

2012 Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

2011 The Unforgiving Minute by Craig Mullaney

2010 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

2009   Five Skies by Ron Carlson

2008   Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

2007   The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

2006   Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

2005   The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2004   The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

2003   Wish You Well by David Baldaci

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