Exeter Public Library

eNewsletter January 2020 Vol 1

Library Links

Exeter Public Library - our website

Exeter Public Library on Facebook

Exeter Public Library Children's Dept on Facebook

State-wide Library Catalog - check your account, place requests for items

Rhode Island eZone - download ebooks and audiobooks with your library card

AskRI.org - lots of information, research databases and more!

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Late Opening 01/14

We will be opening at 12 noon on Tuesday, January 14th. Staff will be attending a professional development opportunity in the morning.

Snow Policy

It is always a struggle to figure out if the library should close when the weather is bad. We usually err on the side of caution - because we don't want you driving in bad weather and you don't want us driving in bad weather either

As soon as the decision is made, we post it on our Facebook pages and our website. We also add it to the official lists of school and community closings with RI Broadcasters Association (because it's fun to see the library's name on tv)

Please call ahead 294-4109 if there is any doubt - if the machine picks up, we are closed!

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Programs for Children

Storytime Snow Policy!

If there is no school in Exeter-West Greenwich due to bad weather, there will be NO storytime!

The library may be closed or have a delayed opening. Please call ahead 294-4109 before heading out in snowy and icy weather!

Tuesday Morning Storytimes

This session runs from Tuesday, January 21 - February 11th

Toddler Time

for our littlest friends up to age 3 with their participating adult

10:30 - 11:00 am

Share books, rhymes, movement and more!

No registration required

Preschool Storytime

for ages 3-5

11:15 am - 12 noon

Stories, songs and movement activities!

A new theme and craft each week

Children are encouraged to participate on their own, but their grownups are always welcome!

No registration required

If there is no school in EWG due to weather, Storytime will be cancelled!

Friday Family Storytime

This session runs on Fridays mornings from

January 17 - February 14

10:30 - 11:30 am

Children up to age 5 are invited to drop in to learn and play!

No registration required

If there is no school in EWG due to weather, Storytime will be cancelled!

Sensory Sensitive Storytime

Saturday, January 18

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Join us for a monthly Storytime that includes a quiet story and sensory activities.

This program is specially designed to be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.

No registration required. Please email or call Miss Aimee, youth@exeterpubliclibrary.org if you have any questions or need a social story before the program.

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Programs for Adults

Reading Across Rhode Island

The 2020 selection for the Reading Across Rhode Island is Rising:Dispatches from the New American Shore, by Elizabeth Rush. This is a lyrical nonfiction title about climate change and rising sea levels.

We will be having a book discussion here about Rising on Thursday, March 5th and there will be other events throughout the state.

From the author: "What an incredible honor it is to have RISING chosen as Rhode Island’s One Book, One State community read selection for 2020. Five years ago, my husband and I relocated to the Ocean State, and it is here that I finished writing this book. During that time, the climate crisis has heated up calling us to new conversations about what it means to be a human on planet earth today. I so look forward to sharing RISING and the conversations it will spark with you all." Elizabeth Rush

Click here to reserve a copy

Learn more about Reading Across Rhode Island here

Yoga Class

Monday evenings
7:00 - 8:15 pm

$10 per class​

Take some time to relax and join Aimee Fontaine of sun star yoga in the library for a mixed-level yoga class for adults

New students are always welcome! Modifications and variations make this a perfect class for beginners as well as experience yoga practitioners.

Please bring your own yoga mat.

No registration required.

If the weather is questionable, please check the library's Facebook page for cancellations.

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Library Tips & Tricks

Automatic Renewals

This summer you may have noticed that your books were suddenly renewing themselves!

This is a state-wide, system-wide change that is tricky to explain, but I'm going to try.

If your book is is going to be due in two days, and there is no reason why you can't renew it, the system automatically gives you another full loan period. You will receive an email notice with the subject "Library Reminder - Auto Renewal Notice" listing which items were renewed and which items need to be returned. At the end of that second loan period, the process repeats.

Why doesn't everything renew?

  • There may be a hold on the item (Someone else is on the waiting list for it.)
  • You may have other items that are overdue
  • You may owe more than $5.00 in overdue fines on your card
  • It is part of another library's collection that does not allow renewals

So auto-renewal is great if you pay attention to the library emails you get and/or check your library account online.

But auto-renewal is not so great if you don't pay attention to those emails. Your items will be overdue if they aren't returned by their due date - whether that date is 3 weeks or 9 weeks from the day you checked them out! And we've learned, from personal experience, that 9 weeks can be a long time to remember you have a book somewhere in your house.

You can continue to call in and ask us to renew items for you, or do it yourself through the online catalog. If you have any questions about auto-renewal, please ask!

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Community Connections

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Library Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday & Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed on Sunday and Monday

We will be opening at 12 noon on Tuesday, January 14th.