Around the first week in June, the Rhode Island General Assembly will make final decisions on the state budget for the next fiscal year. The proposed budget level funds the state's allocation to public libraries across the state and libraries are currently receiving less than the minimum 25 percent of their city or town's allocation for library support called for by state law. We want to raise the state funding to that minimum 25 percent level, and we need your support in persuading the Assembly to do so.
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Mychal Gendron, Guitarist Presents New Expressions for Guitar: Music of the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa
Thursday, May 18 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Classical guitarist Mychal Gendron entertains with a truly international repertoire at this early evening concert. Free with light refreshments.
Film Screening: La La Land
Tuesday, May 16 2:00PM - 4:00PM and Monday, May 22 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Knight Memorial Library
PCL has successfully piloted an exciting an exciting, hands-on project that trains youth ages 12 to 17 how to build computers.
Wednesdays, 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Too many photos on your phone? Need help downloading apps to your phone or tablet? What is “The Cloud”? Can eBooks and audiobooks be downloaded from the library?We can help. Schedule an hour long session with a friendly librarian to receive one on one assistance answering your technology question.
Call 401-272-0106 for more information or to schedule your session.
Scams, Fraud & Identity Theft • Better Business Bureau
Wednesday, May 17 6:00PM - 7:00PM • Smith Hill Library
First Time Home Buyer • Santander Bank
Thursday, May 18 • 7:00PM-8:30PM • Rochambeau Library
Our biggest ever program of Money Smart workshops concludes this week! The wide-ranging financial literacy presentations have attracted almost 400 people to date, confirming the fact that you are never too old - or too young - to learn more about money matters.
Patrons who need a little extra study time and assistance before beginning Spanish language GED preparation classes in the Fall now have the option to enroll in a "pre-GED" course over the summer. The free classes will run between June 26 and August 30 at Olneyville and South Providence Libraries. Classes will meet on Mondays 5:00 - 7:00PM and Tuesdays 9:30AM- 11:30AM at South Providence and Mondays 10:00AM -11:30AM and Wednesdays 5:00PM -7:00PM at Olneyville.
For more information and to register, call 401-467-2700 x1608
Dhana Whiteing, Regional Library Manager at Mount Pleasant Library, received the Established Alumni of the Year Award on April 21 from the Harrington School of Communication and Media at URI GSLIS. She received her award for outstanding contributions to the field of library and information studies.
Forty-eight budding young writers submitted original, illustrated entries for this year's bilingual story writing contest in two age categories: 6-8 years and 9-12 years. First prize went to Isobel Lewis for her story The Musician/El músico (6-8 years) and Jasper Hoefferl for The Adventures of Geronimo the Llama/Las aventuras de Geronimo la Llama (9-12 years).
Providence Preservation Society’s Festival of Historic Houses is a highlight of Rhode Island's event calendar and grants access to properties that are not usually open to the public. This year's festival focuses on the opulent architecture of the Upper Elmwood Historic District. Knight Memorial Library, itself one of the architectural jewels of the district, is very much involved in this year's Festival and will receive a portion of the funds raised at the Festival's pre-event party.