We'll Be Closed For Memorial Day - Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29
Washington Park Library At A Glance
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM Currently Closed
1316 Broad Street
Providence, RI 02905
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Upcoming Events At Washington Park Library
Move It Mondays!Washington Park Library - Outside 1316 Broad Street, Providence, RI, United States
Due to the ever changing weather, we are MOVING our Monday program from Pickleball to MOVE IT MONDAYS! Some weeks, it may still be pickleball, others it may be indoor dancing, yoga, jumping jacks, who knows?!? Join us every week to find out what's in store for you!
Storytime with RISPCAWashington Park Library - Children’s Area 1316 Broad Street, Providence, RI, United States
Join us for a special storytime with RISPCA! This program is geared towards children 3-5 years old and focuses on humane education. Topics discussed include kindness and empathy towards animals, […]
Queer Umbrella ClassWashington Park Library - MakerSpace 1316 Broad Street, Providence, RI, United States
Join us for our weekly program! The Queer Umbrella is a supportive and informative class open to ages 13 and up. Teens can connect over queer history, art, community resources […]
Mindful Yoga in the ParkRoger Williams Park Japanese Garden Providence, RI, United States
These special Yoga sessions will focus on gently and lovingly balancing our minds, bodies, & breath. We will explore gentle movement through physical poses, slow flow Vinyasa, stretches, breathing exercises, […]
The Abuelitos ClubWashington Park Library - Main Area 1 1316 Broad Street, Providence, RI, United States
The seniors will participate in different activities and games that will help them exercise their mental and memory skills, fine motor skills and cognitive stimulation, improving their quality of life. Writing, narration, and creative illustrations will also be included.
Wii Wednesday!Washington Park Library - Children’s Area 1316 Broad Street, Providence, RI, United States
Join us for some Wii fun! Every Wednesday, after school come play Wii games with us. Challenge your library friends to some Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Just Dance and more! […]
Providence Public Library distributed books to Washington Park residents from a book truck in the early 1920s and later opened a sub-branch in Washington Park that occupied cramped quarters in the basement of Broad Street Elementary School, where it would remained for the next 30 years.
Although a branch building in Washington Park had been part of PPL's original 1927 master plan, conceived in 1927, this branch building, like the one in Mount Pleasant, was long in coming. The Washington Park community pressured PPL to find a home for a full library branch for the neighborhood. Because the fire company located at Broad and Jillian Streets would be moving to a new station on Allens Avenue in the fall of 1949, the City of Providence promised to donate the building to PPL for use as a library branch. Washington Park residents formed a committee to organize a drive to raise $15,000 to renovate the station, to accommodate the branch library on the first floor and community hall (which was never completed) on the second floor. 1 As a result of this activity, the City of Providence donated the former Hose 18 Fire Station to PPL for use as the library in 1950, and the library was eventually restored and remodeled in time to open in December of 1956. 2
In January of 2006, PPL trustees abruptly voted to "close the branch indefinitely after building contractors revealed that its 'structural integrity may be further compromised [during the current winter] due to long-term water damage.'3 After a hurried search for a new location for the branch, minimal library services were established in a former Benny's store, a building hardly in better shape than the now-shuttered library building.
Community outcry prompted city officials to spend $225,000 of city funds in renovating the building over the summer. The updates included "installing a new roof, repointing exterior brickwork, upgrading electrical systems and a restroom, installing a new entrance, fire-alarm system and carpeting and applying a fresh coat of paint for interior walls. 4 The library reopened in March of 2009 after the building's ownership had reverted to the City, with PPL providing the library services.
- 1."Fund to Be Sought for Public Library," Providence Journal (September 13, 1949): 19; "New Washington Park Library Ready to Open," Providence Journal (December 10, 1956): 14.
- 2.F. Charles Taylor, "Sorry—No Brass Pole," Library Journal (December 1, 1957): 3047.
- 3."Karen A. Davis, "Structural worries close library," Providence Journal (January 12, 2006): C.01.
- 4."Philip Marcelo, "Washington Park library reopens after major renovations," Providence Journal (March 27, 2009): B.3.