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Beginning Reader Book Club

The Mohr Library will hold a series of Beginner Reading Book Club beginning Jan. 8, which will be also held on Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, and Feb. 12 with all sessions being held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join your child on their journey to independent reading. They will read out loud at the same time and do activities to expand understanding of the stories. Nobody must read alone. Multiple copies of the books will be provided. This event is ideal for children in grades K-2, with an adult. Registration is required, call 943-9080 to sign up.

The West Bay Chorale

seeking singers

The West Bay Chorale will begin rehearsals on Jan. 15 in preparation of their upcoming Spring Concert entitled “Love Changes Everything” which will be held on May 20.  Selections for this concert will include Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and Broadway Love Songs.  They are especially looking for additional Tenors and Baritones to join their group, but welcome all voices. If you are interested, contact director Eric van Devort at

Vacation Programs

at the Mohr Library

Thursday, Dec 28 join in at the Mohr Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to play with model clay. Staff will show you how to make animals from air drying clay or let you make your own creations. Ages 7 and up. Please register by calling 401-231-4980 ext. 5.

The library will close on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. for New Year’s Eve and Monday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

Help make a house a home

The Furniture Bank of RI, a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation, needs bureaus, complete twin or double beds, kitchen sets, mattresses and other household furniture that you no longer need. To help a less fortunate family through your charitable donation of good used furniture, call 831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.

Monday Night Coloring for Grownups at the Mohr

Every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m., the Mohr Library offers coloring for grownups. Enjoy a therapeutic, relaxing, and enjoyable evening of coloring. There are many choices of designs, including stylized drawings, florals and mandalas, along with markers and colored pencils. Come early or late. The program is free.

Ocean State Toastmasters

to meet

Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting on Jan. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Rd. Regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The club is one of some 13,500 in Toastmasters International, a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the development of public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has approximately 280,000 members in 116 countries. Founded in 1963, Ocean State Toastmasters is one of the oldest clubs in Rhode Island. Visit and see what they are all about. For more information, contact Merrill Winoker, Vice President of Membership, at 688-4741 or

At the Mohr for Teens

Teen Task Force seeking members. Do you want to show the community how teens can make a positive impact? Join our Teen Task Force to help build a better world. Become part of this teen-driven group advocating for the library and for the teens in their community. Plan monthly teen programs, organize weekly activities & crafts, give suggestions for new material purchases, initiate teen participation, and earn volunteer hours. Participate in bi-weekly meetings & teen-lead activity benefiting the teens, the community & causes of your choice.

Library Cards for Teens! Teens are encouraged to sign up for library cards all year round! Young Adults ages 14-17 may apply for a library card on their own. According to Ocean State Libraries, “students ages 14 to 17 may provide proof of their enrollment in a public or private school in Rhode Island (class schedule, transcript, report card, etc.) in lieu of a photo ID if they do not otherwise have one. Proof of home address must still be provided if not stated on school enrollment documents.” For computer privileges, all students under the age of 17 must have a parent or guardian sign the permission form.

Did You Know?


“Auld Lang Syne” is traditionally sung at midnight on New Year’s Eve. It was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788 and it was the only song he ever wrote. He may have based it on a folk song. The words auld lang syne mean “times gone by.” (Source: New Year’s Fun Facts) Photos in .jpg format are accepted and news can range from community events, promotions, academic news and non-profit events. E-mail today and see your news in our column in the Johnston Sunrise! Please include a daytime telephone number in case we require any further information.