Mt. Pleasant Library At A Glance
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM Currently Closed
315 Academy Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Upcoming Events At Mt. Pleasant Library
Storytime with the RISPCA (Ages 3 – 5)Mt. Pleasant Library - Children’s Area 1 315 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI, United States
Join us on Saturday, June 3rd at 11 AM for a special storytime with RISCPA! This program is geared towards children 3 - 5 years old and focuses on humane […]
Toddler Time! (Ages 18 months—3 years)Mt. Pleasant Library - Children’s Area 1 315 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI, United States
This storytime features stories, songs, and fingerplay for toddlers and their parents/caregivers! Open playtime will occur after storytime! This five-week session will run from May 15 to June 26, not […]
Knitting ClubMt. Pleasant Library - Main Level 2 315 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI, United States
Knit with us in person on Monday nights from 6:30-7:30pm at Mt. Pleasant Library! A basic knowledge of knitting is needed to join. Email Allie at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and register.
Preschool Storytime! (Ages 3—5)Mt. Pleasant Library - Children’s Area 1 315 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI, United States
Join in on the fun with stories, songs, and more that encourage the development of early literacy skills in your preschoolers. This six-week session will run from May 23 to […]
Kids Science Lab! (Grades K+)Mt. Pleasant Library - Children’s Area 1 315 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI, United States
Join us to complete a different experiment and learn a little science along the way!
Baile Moderno Latino (Latin Modern Dance)Mt. Pleasant Library - Main Level 315 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI, United States
Participa en este taller GRATIS y diviértete mientras aprendes a bailar salsa, merengue, bachata y más ritmos modernos con la bailarina internacional Colombiana Adriana Londoño. Invita a tus amigos. Participate […]
Highlight: Little Free Food Pantry @ Mt Pleasant Library
Mount Pleasant Library facilitates the free exchange of food between neighbors. Please take what you need from our Little Free Food Pantry shelf, open during library hours. We also accept donations of shelf-stable, undamaged, unexpired food at the circulation desk. Are you in need of additional food? Find your nearest food pantry through the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s Food Assistance List.
In the early twentieth century, the Mount Pleasant area of the city was rapidly being developed into a neighborhood of predominately middle-class single-family homes. In 1906, the Sprague House Association opened a library in a wooden building owned by the Association. Eight years later, the Sprague House Association "combined with the Federal Hill House Association and gave the building to the Providence Public Library." 1 For the next thirty-five years PPL would continue to use this building to provide library services to local residents in Mount Pleasant.
According to PPL's branch library building program, a new building for the citizens of Mount Pleasant was slated for construction by the early 1940s. However, work on the building was delayed until after the Great Depression and World War Two. In 1940,
a citizen of another section of Providence, who desires to remain anonymous, gave the Trustees of the Providence Public Library $10,000 in War Savings Bonds for the purpose of helping to replace the present inadequate library on Armington Avenue with a modern building. It was then estimated that the new branch, with furniture, would cost about $50,000. The benefactor offered to make an additional gift of $15,000, if the balance of the sum required were raised within five years. 2
Given the slow progress on fund-raising due to the war, the benefactor extended the deadline by another five years, but eventually "other gifts from individuals and corporations, together with appropriations from library reserves PPL "reserves" were those allocated for "Central Library repairs and improvements." 3, provided a total of $100,000" which was spent on the building's construction and furnishings. The last $6,000 of the sum was raised by a "house-to-house canvass" of Elmhurst residents. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Harkness and Geddes and built by Lawrence O. Ahlborg. It opened on June 28, 1949. 4
Nearly twenty years later PPL added an annex to the building which more than doubled the size of the library. The $200,000 cost of the addition was paid by city and state grants, with the city providing half the funds and the rest shared by the state and federal governments. 5
- 1."A New Branch Library for Mount Pleasant," Reader's Guide to Books, Vol. 11, No. 5 (May 1944): 2.
- 2.See above.
- 3."The Mt. Pleasant Branch: Its Past and Present," A Reader’s Guide to Books, Vol. 16, No. 7 (July 1949): 4.
- 4."New Mt. Pleasant Library Formally Opened to Public," Providence Journal (June 29, 1949): 15.
- 5."Ground Broken for Library," Providence Journal (July 14, 1967): 30, and "Mount Pleasant Library Addition Dedicated," Providence Journal (March 26, 1968): 34.