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Rhode Island was one of the 13 colonies in North America that rebelled against the British rule in 1775 and the first to officially declare independence from the British Crown. On May 4, 1776, the general assembly in Rhode Island passed an act which declared Rhode Island and Providence Plantations an independent state. The anniversary of this date has become a state holiday known as Rhode Island Independence Day. To commemorate this special day in history, the library has displayed books about our very own Rhode Island!

From the middle/upper school collection:

Rhode Island (Ted Klein) An introduction to the geography, history, government, economy, people, achievements, and landmarks of the country’s smallest state which is known as “The Ocean State.”

Rules to Rock By (Josh Farrar) Annabella Cabrera tries to start a rock band at her new middle school in Providence, Rhode Island, but has trouble when the members of a rival band bully her and she develops a case of writer’s block.

Rhode Island 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Rhode Island and Were Going to Ask Anyway (Tim Lehnert) Provides information and facts about Rhode Island, covering slang, cities/towns, people, the natural world, weather, culture, food, economy, crime/punishment, history, and politics.  It includes illustrations, quotations, sidebars, and a time line.

Picturing Rhode Island: Images of Everyday Life 1850 – 2006 (Maureen Alice Taylor) Shows through photographs how the state has evolved over the past century and a half.

Traveler (Ron McLarty) Jono Riley returns to his childhood home in Rhode Island in search of the truth about a series of mysterious shootings that changed his life.  He looks to come to terms with his own role in the devastating events.

Haunted Rhode Island (Thomas D’Agostino) Tales of the haunted places in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island 1636-1776 (Jesse McDermott) Traces the history of Rhode Island through firsthand accounts of people who lived and worked in the colony from 1636 to 1776. Features photographs, historical maps, a time line, and a list or resources for further study.

You know you’re in Rhode Island when: 101 quintessential places, people, events, customs, lingo, and eats of the Ocean State (Ryder Windham) Many people worry that these United States are becoming too much like each other, but Rhode Islanders know better. Fun for all ages, this book highlights and celebrates the Ocean State’s history, traditions, cuisine, and lingo with humor. For example, you know you’re in Rhode Island when…All roads lead to memory lane, you root for the Pawtucket Red Sox, kids grow up drinking coffee milk, and the state bird is a chicken.

From the lower school collection:

The Rhode Island Colony (Kathleen W. Deady) An introduction to the history, government, economy, resources, and people of the Rhode Island colony.

R is for Rhode Island Red (Mark R. Allio) A to Z pictorial with poetry for younger readers and Rhode Island writings for older readers.

The Colony of Rhode Island (Susan Whitehurst) Traces the history of Rhode Island from the arrival of the first European settlers in the early seventeenth century through 1790 when it became the thirteenth state to join the Union.

The Rhode Island Colony (Dennis B. Frandin) Traces the history of Rhode Island to 1790 when it became the last colony to ratify the Constitution.

The Black Regiment of the American Revolution (Linda Crotta Brennan) Explores the African American soldiers and their participation in the American Revolutionary War, including their time in Rhode Island.

A Little Maid of Narragansett Bay (Alice Turner Curtis) This book tells the story of Penelope Balfour and her brother Ted, who live on a little farm in Rhode Island during the Revolutionary War. “Penny’s” bravery and presence of mind greatly help the American camp.


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