RI Center for the Book


Students at the Hate U Give

Why Donate?

Check out this video by Center for the Book interns Anna Mercurio and Morgan Hall!

The Rhode Island Center for the Book brings literature to life through engaging, multiplatform programs, promoting the importance and fun of reading, serving to instill a lifelong love of reading and learning for all Rhode Islanders. We provide free books, programming and workshops.

Download our RI Center for Book Infographic to see the impact of your donation.

How is your donation used?

Here is an example from our 2018 Reading Across RI Program (RARI):

In 2018 an estimated 10,000+ Rhode Islanders read the novel The Hate U Give together (through participation in official public programs across the state and by independently reading our selection) In RI, In TWO months alone, there were 2,606 simultaneous downloads of The Hate U Give. Demand is high, access is everything and RARI is relevant.

63 high schools, middle schools, senior centers, libraries, businesses, after school programs and ACI actively participated in the 2018 RARI program.

RI Center for the Book gave out 2,200 copies of the Hate U Give. All programs, including the author’s visit were free.
Here is an example from our 2018 Kids Reading Across RI Program (KRARI)

In 2018, we distributed 2,000 books to 35 schools and 29 libraries. 350 people attended our State House Kick off and 11 libraries will hosted free KRARI workshops this summer.

“I’m thrilled to be the 2018 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island Honorary Chair. This program brings together students and families from all over Rhode Island to engage with a book that not only has wide appeal, but also encourages important discussion. As we work towards our goal of doubling the number of 3rd graders reading at grade-level, I’m excited to see the impact of this statewide program.”  — 2018 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island Honorary Chair, Governor Gina M. Raimondo

The multi-sensory exploration of each book, provided by Kids Reading Across Rhode Island programming, allows children to engage with the theme with their entire selves, increasing their understanding and creating a vibrant statewide community of readers. –Cheryl Space, Director, Providence Community Library

To do this, we need your support!

To donate by check, please send your donation to:
RI Center for the Book
at The Pell Center at Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

To donate online through PayPal, please use the “Donate” button below. Please consider checking the box for “Make this a monthly donation.”

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