In 1915, it came to the attention of Providence community member, Emma Shaw, that Elmwood schoolchildren were reading below the city-wide average. In response, Emma spearheaded a three month fundraising campaign that secured enough funds to open the first Elmwood Library.

It’s in this spirit of community engagement that the Friends of Knight Memorial Library have launched the Mrs. Shaw’s Fund, Amazon Wishlist to build the library’s collection. Our goal is to increase relevant reading materials for the library’s diverse and vibrant community.

Through the Mrs. Shaw’s Fund, you can personally contribute to the Knight Memorial Library Collection.

To begin, navigate to the Wish List where you can browse the list of books and make your selection. In honor of Knight Memorial Library’s rich history of community support, we have created a decorative bookplate for your custom dedication.