Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th to October 15th marks the period that each year Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month. The Library of Congress denotes this special month as a time to celebrate “…the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.” The dates of this month […]

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The Gift of Literacy

“Once you learn to read, you will forever be free.”- Fredrick Douglass  This summer Marty Schwartz, a long time Books Are Wings volunteer and retired elementary school teacher, joined the Books Are Wings staff in weekly read alouds and book distributions in Jenks Park. The program was part of the Central Falls Free Summer Meal […]


A Reflection

October 2018 As an Executive Director of a small non profit the hats you wear change from minute to minute- from Accountant, Fundraiser, Program Coordinator, marketing and communication expert, to Human Resources – essentially a full time juggler. As part of a means to stay organized and manage this multi-disciplinary workload I began to “schedule” […]


Book Spots in Central Falls

Children and families across Central Falls will soon have a new way to access books and fall in love with reading thanks to an innovative project with the partnership of Central Falls Recreation Department. On Thursday, August 23, we will unveil its newly-installed Children’s “Books Spots” outdoor library in Jenks Park in Central Falls. The […]

Summer 2018

Children who receive and read free books over the summer experience the equivalent of attending three years of summer school—and the difference in fall reading scores is twice as high among the poorest children in the study (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2008). HSLI Summer Programs  Summer camp programs with our partners at HSLI. began a few […]

Recess Week in Central Falls & Providence

11.000 books were distributed during recess time in Central Falls and Providence. We had a great time kicking off summer with our school partners and amazing volunteers! A big THANK YOU to our volunteers from: BankRI Citizens Bank Collette Hasbro Pawtucket Credit Union Quota Club of Pawtucket ServeRI Additional thanks to Seven Stars Bakery for donating pastries to fuel […]


Henry Gets Moving!

Books are Wings read Henry Gets Moving to children in Central Falls and Providence! Who is Henry you ask? Henry the Hamster is a young boy who overcomes his obesity challenge with an active lifestyle and healthy eating. His story is told in our bilingual (English-Spanish) children’s book, Henry Gets Moving. When we first meet […]


Summer 2016

Come by pick up a book and get reading. While you are there, enjoy storytelling, crafts for the kids, and more! (All events are free) Tuesday, July 5th – Summer Meals Kick Off event 10:30am – 2pm Dexter Training Ground 75 Dexter St Providence, RI   Friday, July 15th – Providence Children’s Museum 5:30pm – […]