The present day library system formed in when six independent neighborhood libraries came together as one. Members serve staggered three-year terms.
Meetings are open to the public. In addition to traditional library services, the Cranston Public Library provides services such as tax preparation, 3D printing, analog-to-digital audio transferring, and educational programs among others.
The system also provides mobile services to homebound residents. The public library system in Cranston began as multiple independent public libraries serving local neighborhoods. The building originally boasted 22, square feet on three and a half acres of land, with a capacity forvolumes. This branch was initially founded by Henry O. Tripp and members of the Arlington Baptist Church.
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It was established in the neighborhood district hall in with a collection of volumes. The agreement called for the Arlington Reading Room to be inside the new center. It was reintroduced as the new Arlington Branch Library. It was first established as the Auburn Reading Room in The Knightsville Branch initially opened as the Knightsville Community Library in a storefront in in the Knightsville neighborhood of Cranston.
Comstock and Richard Nixon, head of the local volunteer fire company, are credited with its establishment. The Oak Lawn Library began as a small collection of books housed in the old Quaker Meeting House, which was the social center of the community. Briggs of the Oak Lawn Baptist Church, and were supplemented by government publications and materials purchased with funds raised by women in the village. After struggling due to a lack of materials, funds, and a permanent home, Reverend Briggs acquired the school building on Wilbur Avenue, across the street from his church, and formed the Oak Lawn Free Public Library Association.
It served as the village school until It underwent construction in to create space for ren's library, then again in for the addition of a new entrance and reading room. The William Hall Library serves the neighborhood of Edgewood. The site was dedicated in Hall bequeathed part of his estate to its development. The building was completed in and served as the administrative center for the newly unified Cranston Public Library system from to The Cranston Public Library system was formed inwhen six independent neighborhood libraries came together as one library system. As of [update]the Cranston Public Library's collection includeditems, includingbooks, 33, periodicals, 16, CDs, and 19, movies.
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Cranston Public Library's online catalog allows members to browse and place holds on books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, and other materials. Through its membership in Ocean State Libraries OSLRhode Island's statewide library consortium, members of Cranston Public Library have access to a diverse range of materials available at 70 other libraries across the state. Patrons may access the databases at the library, from home, or on their mobile devices.
Local history collections across the system include town histories, maps, newspaper clippings, Cranston city phone directories, Cranston tax rolls, select Cranston High School yearbooksand other resources. The library also has extensive holdings of historical Cranston newspapers in print and on microfilm. This collection comprises a stud findera thermal leak detector, a power meter, a Roku 2 streaming player, an infrared thermometer, and a ghost EMF meter. The Cranston Public Library hosts various programs, free and open to the public, every year.
Meeting rooms at the various library branches are available to civic, cultural, and educational organizations during library hours.
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The Cranston Public Library system offers a museum membership program that allows library patrons discounted or free admission to several museums and cultural societies. Cranston Public Library offers a variety of services to local educators, including class visits for research help or introducing students to new technology, guest readers, access to online homework help, and resources for lessons or school projects. Cranston Public Library offers free homebound services for Cranston residents who are permanently homebound or temporarily unable to drive because of illness or injury.
All Cranston library locations offer free wifi and public computers with supported software applications for accessing the Internet, creating documents, printing,   and offer scanning up to 10 scans and notary services at no charge.
The C-Lab offers structured classes, programs, one-on-one technology assistance by appointmentand open hours where the public can drop in to learn, explore, and experiment with technology. Cranston Public Library has received regional and national coverage and recognition.
The library's home delivery program, Books Home, has been recognized as an innovative model program by the American Library Association in its "Keys to Engaging Older Adults your library" toolkit. The Cranston Public Public Library actively seeks to collaborate with community partners to better serve Cranston residents.
More recently, inthe Cranston Public Library partnered with the Cranston Herald, the Cranston School Department, the Cranston Senior Center, and the Cranston Historical Society to create the Cranston Discovery Network, a series of 12 markers around the city to celebrate ificant events, locations, and people in Cranston's history. Public library system in Rhode Island, US. This article may have too many section headers dividing up its content.
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