August 29th, 2018

As summer is now coming to a close and kids are starting to get back into school there may be a need to get that summer reading book they never got around to, or there are new book assignments already. So if you are looking for that very late summer reading book, want to squeeze in one last beach read, want to continue a series you started this summer, or are seeking out a new bookstore to visit, this list is for you. Compiled below are a slew of bookstores across the state and even a few across the border:


Bank Square Books                 Savoy Bookshop and Cafe

Mystic, CT                                                        Westerly, RI

Bank Square Books in nearby Mystic and Savoy Bookshop and Cafe in Westerly are two incredible locally-owned locations to browse books. Both are close to the Atlantic Ocean giving you scenic locales perfect to inspire beach reading or stay in at the cafe. The staff organize great author meet and greets and storytimes year-round.


Barnes and Noble

 Warwick, Smithfield, and Middletown

Barnes and Noble are the big guys, but their large facilities and multiple locations make them a great spot to check out the newest releases from your favorite authors. Barnes and Noble hosts plenty of free events. If you were a fan of our previous board game post (check it out here) you will be happy to know that Barnes and Noble hosts game nights and has a great selection of tabletop games.


Barrington Books and Barrington Books Retold

Barrington and Cranston

Barrington Books has two locations, the flagship store in the Barrington town center and a second location in Garden City. Each location is a very walkable shopping area making it easy for you to pop in and browse the selection of books and unique gift ideas.


Books on the Square 


Books on the Square is aptly named for its great location right on Wayland Square. Step in before or after visiting the nearby cafes and catch a weekly storytime or author event. Books on the Square celebrated their 25th-anniversary last year and they remain a local favorite.


Island Books


Books on the Square celebrated their 25th last year and this year Island Books in Middletown has that honor. This local favorite has remained a hub for book lovers whether they be year-round islanders or just stopping by for the beaches. RI Monthly has consistently named them the best bookstore in Newport County since 2006.


Island Bound Bookstore

New Shoreham

Island Bound Bookstore is out on Block Island, so if you are stuck on the Island and hate what you brought or finished already check out this store’s wide selection. Island Bound features both NYT bestsellers as well as local books that capture the beauty and history of the island.


Paper Nautilus Books 


Paper Nautilus is heavily influenced by its proximity to College Hill and its renowned campuses. Paper Nautilus has an eclectic assortment of books and gifts.  Local authors are always in stock and the store prides itself on its H.P. Lovecraft selection. Head in and check out the collection and the visual art displays.


RiffRaff Bookstore


RiffRaff Bookstore is a one of a kind bookstore in the area, not only for its stock of books but in addition to a cafe, it also features a full bar. Discover books from independent presses and new voices as you sip on a cocktail or a coffee.


Stillwater Books 


Right by the historic Slater Mill is this independently owned bookstore filled with both new and used books. Stillwater Books is a huge supporter of local authors with its ever-growing collection, as well as having its own independent publishing company.


Symposium Books


Symposium Books is located downtown right on Westminster Street and provide a variety of new and used goods books as well as vinyl records. They are constantly adding to their collection and have a convenient delivery service for those in the area in need of a last minute gift. This is a popular spot in the heart of Providence for both young and old.


Wakefield Books 


Located inside the Wakefield Mall, Wakefield Books is a proud supporter of local authors and its community. They offer discounts for many events and local educators and host local authors monthly. Wakefield Books also has a 24/7 online store perfect for those who have a late night craving for a book.


In addition to these great stores offering both new and old these stores are exclusively used bookstores. Do not let that scare you away, these stores have a fantastic selection of books at a discounted price and an ever-revolving inventory. So stop at these locations and peruse the shelves:

Browser Books

Seekonk, MA

This bookstore just over the border in Massachusetts offers a wonderful variety of used books at a deep discount. Their inventory also includes audio books, comics, and a small selection of discounted new hardcovers. Call them up and clean off your shelves and have them buy back your books or textbooks and share with someone else.


Cellar Stories 


Cellar Stories is located in downtown Providence tucked away right near Trinity Rep. Their inventory of used books is the largest in the Ocean State featuring over around 70,000 volumes. While the books are constantly changing the quality is always top notch.



To see which locations are in your area and their addresses check out the map below:

February 27th, 2013

This past Valentine’s Day, a group of 34 freshmen from North Smithfield High School captured Rhode Island’s We The People state competition title. Among these 34 talented students was Jacob Haner, son of Residential Properties’ own Christine Haner.

“We are so proud of Jacob and his fellow honor students,” exclaims Christine, currently a relocation counselor in RPL’s Relocation Division. “These students have been working so hard since September to earn this achievement.”

We The People: The Citizen and The Constitution

The competition thrusts students into a simulated congressional hearing where they must work together as a team to answer questions, defend their stance, and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles in front a panel of 72 judges who score them through a performance-based assessment.

Jacob and his classmates will now travel to Washington, D.C. to take place in the National Finals held from April 26 through April 29 at George Mason University as well as actual hearing rooms on Capitol Hill. During their time at the competition, Jacob and the other North Smithfield High students will have the opportunity to tour the nation’s capital and meet with members of Congress and other dignitaries. “My family and I are very much looking forward to traveling to Virginia,” explains Christine. “We are so excited to watch Jacob and his classmates compete against students from throughout the nation.”

This marks the seventh straight year that North Smithfield has won the state competition. Last year, the school enjoyed their most successful campaign, finishing in the top half of the nation. The previous year, North Smithfield earned the state’s first-ever Unit Award. Teams are broken up into six different units, with the highest scoring units in each category earning a Unit Award. This was the first and only Unit Award that Rhode Island has earned in the competition’s 25-year history.

We The People 26th Annual National Finals

The North Smithfield students are currently planning a myriad of fundraising events to help cover the cost of their trip, including:

– a car wash at N. Smithfield High on April 7 from 12-3 pm
– a Gator’s Pub Night on March 27 from 5-9 pm

In preparation for the National Finals, North Smithfield High will be hosting a Dress Rehearsal event on April 22. The event will be open to the public and begins a 6:30 p.m. with refreshments to follow.

Anyone interested in supporting North Smithfield High’s winning freshman class can submit donations by mailing checks made out to “NSHS” to North Smithfield High School, 412 Greenville Road, North Smithfield, Rhode Island, 02896.