Library Services

Programs & Services

Learn how to use the computer in one of the Cranston Public Library's technology workshops. We offer hands-on technology lessons designed to teach useful computer skills and applications that can be used at home and work. Each lesson is an hour and a half long - come join us and build your technology skills!

Book Discussion Groups

Join a book discussion group at Cranston Public Library and share your love of reading with other book lovers! We offer monthly book discussion groups at our Central Library, Auburn Branch and William Hall Library locations. 

The Central Library book discussion group meets at 7pm on the third Tuesday of the month and repeats the following Thursday at 2pm and the following Wednesday at 7pm. Choose the date and time that works best for you! Contact Maryanne Berry at 943-9080 x.122 or maryanne_berry@cranstonlibrary.org to sign up!

September 16th, 18th and 24th:  The Dinner by Herman Koch

October 21st, 23rd and 29th: In the Garden of Beasts (non-fiction) by Erik Larson 

November 18th, 19th* and 20th *(note dates): Brick Lane by Monica Ali

December 16th, 17th* and 18th *(note dates): The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The William Hall Library book discussion group ,"Reading in the Hall", meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. Contact the library staff at 781-2450 or hall@cranstonlibrary.org to sign up. 

The Modern Reading Group meets monthly on varying afternoons at the Auburn Branch. Contact library staff at 781-6116 or auburn@cranstonlibrary.org for more information. 

 
Guidelines for Discussion
 
Do read the book! 
Make every effort to attend discussion group meetings.
Be on time. 
Everyone is entitled to an opinion - don't be afraid to voice yours. 
Kindly allow others to express their viewpoints. 
Speak up when offering comments and avoid side conversations with other members that distract from the discussion.
Be focused! Save personal anecdotes for after the meeting. 

The Cranston Public Library has computers available for public use at our central library and all of our branches. Rhode Island residents must have a library card to use the public computers. Guest passes are reserved for out-of-state residents only.  All CPL locations offer a free wireless connection.

Get a Library Card

Getting a library card is free and easy for Rhode Island residents!

Cranston Public Library is a member of the  Ocean State Libraries consortium, which means that your public library card is good at any public library in the state. If your local library does not have an item you are interested in, you can request it through our statewide delivery service.  A library card is free for Rhode Island residents. Non-residents may purchase a full use card for $115 per year. Proof of identity with photo and current address is required. Valid types of identification include:

Driver's License
Rental leases or receipts
State ID
College ID
Utility bill or receipt

If you do not have proof of identification, we are able to verify your address by sending a piece of mail to your current address. The postmarked envelope may be used as proof of residency. 

People who work in Rhode Island and reside out-of-state may be issued a local use only card at no charge. They must show proof of employment (work ID or pay stub) and verification of their home address. A local use only card may only be used at the Cranston Public Library and its branches. 

Children under age 13 must have a parent or guardian with them to obtain a library card. Replacement of a lost card is $1.00 fee. You are responsible for all items checked out on your card.

Click here to register for a library card online!

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Guide to 3D Printing at the Cranston Public Library

The library maintains a Makerbot Replicator 2X 3D printer for use by the public in the library.  Patrons are required to read and sign the 3D printer policy agreement (below) before using the printer to make an object.  The 3D printer will eventually be a part of the CPL maker lab.

How does it work?

3D printing takes molten material (in our case, ABS plastic) and passes it through a super-heated nozzle via a robotic arm.  The machine will form the material, layer by layer, into the desired object.  The plastic cools off within a few seconds, so the finished objects can be used right away.  

Where do 3D designs come from?

There are 3 methods for obtaining 3D designs for printing:

  • Download: many designs can be found online, copyright-free, for personal use.  A good website to check out is www.thingiverse.com.   
  • Scan: You can take an object that already exists and scan or digitize it to obtain the right dimensions for a 3D replica.  (We do not currently own a digitizer here at the library.)  There are also apps that enable you to take multiple photographs of an object to make a 3D file, such as 123D Catch.
  • Make your own: Many people use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create their own objects for printing.  Some commercial software is very sophisticated, but free online software such as Tinkercad can get you started on the concepts of 3D design.   

How long does it take to make a 3D print?

Longer than you might think.  If an object has many layers or a complicated structure, it can take hours to print.  Simpler, flatter designs can be finished in as little as 5 minutes.

Examples:   

Guitar picks = 5 minutes Shark = 15 minutes Bookmark holder = 2.5 hours

 

Are there any design rules for 3D printing?

3D printing does not do well with “overhangs.”  Each layer of a 3D model needs a base layer below it, so the machine will have a hard time printing something that hangs out into space, like the brim of a cowboy hat.  You can add breakaway supports to any overhangs that can be snapped off at the end, but the edges might not be as smooth. 

How much do you charge for a 3D print?

Right now, there is no charge for 3D printing.    

I’d like to print an object. How can I use the 3D printer?

Please contact the Reference desk (401-943-9080 or central@cranstonlibrary.org) if you’d like to print an object, or see the 3D printer up close.  Please see our policy and procedure guide for more information (below).

Museum Passes

The Friends of the Cranston Public Library sponsor the Museum Membership Program to allow library patrons discounted or free admission to the following museums and cultural societies.  

 

Reserve a Museum Pass Online! or call the Reference Desk at 401-943-9080 x6

 

 

• AUDUBON SOCIETY of RI Environmental Education Center
Free admission for up to 2 adults and 4 children

• BIOMES MARINE BIOLOGY CENTER
$2 off each admission.  Children under 3 are free.

• BLITHEWOLD MANSION, GARDENS & ARBORETUM
Admits up to 6 people at $3 for every adult. Youth 17 and under are free . Valid April through mid-October.

• MYSTIC AQUARIUM
$5 off each admission for up to 4 people.

• PAWTUCKET RED SOX
$4 per ticket for up to six people or a flat rate of $21 for six tickets.

• PROVIDENCE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Half-price admission for up to 4 people.

 RISD MUSEUM OF ART
Family pass.  Free Admission for 4 adults and children under 18. The RISD Museum is free on Sundays. 

• ROGER WILLIAMS PARK ZOO
$3 off the admission price for any combination of 4 adults, seniors and children. Note: The library pass is not valid for the months of January and February.

 

MUSEUM PASS PROGRAM RULES

• Passes may be reserved up to thirty (30) days in advance.

• You must present your library card to borrow.

• An individual may borrow passes for each museum up to four (4) times per year.

• One set of passes may be borrowed per family/per day.

• Passes are due the same day they are borrowed unless otherwise instructed by the librarian.

• Passes must be returned to the Cranston Public Library (Central Library) on Sockanosset Cross Road.

• Passes, in their cases, may be returned to the bookdrop, provided each pass is back at the library prior to opening the following day. (No later than 8:30 a.m.)

• The fine for overdue passes is $5.00 per day/per pass.

 

 

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Books @ Home

Can't get to the library? Cranston Public Library's Books @ Home program brings library materials to you!

CPL offers homebound services for Cranston residents who still live in their own home or apartment. Patrons may be permanently homebound, or temporarily unable to drive because of illness or injury.  Some patrons use the service for many years, while others may only need it a time or two while recovering from surgery. A volunteer driver will deliver books (in regular, large print, or audio format), magazines, music cds, and documentary videos or dvds to you once every three weeks. The service is completely free.  There are no charges or overdue fees.

To get started, we'll ask you a few questions about your interests, likes, and dislikes. Then the first book bag will be delivered. We'll be in touch in three weeks to check if any renewals are needed and arrange a date for the next delivery. 

Call Karen McGrath at 401-781-6116 or email her at karenmcgrath@cranstonlibrary.org to register for the service or become a volunteer driver.