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Legal Literacy Program Takes Olneyville Library into the Laundromat, Flea Market, Bus Station and Housing Development

Providence Community Library (PCL)  and Libraries Without Borders will partner to provide direct, weekly  services to Olneyville residents as they use the local laundromat, explore the flea market and return home to the Manton Heights housing development. The Legal Literacy Initiative strives to bring library services and legal resources to everyday places frequented by residents and provides help with issues of ongoing concern.

Providence Community Library Kicks Off Summer by Eliminating Fines on Kids’ Materials

Providence Community Library (PCL) will eliminate overdue fines on all materials in its children's and young adult collections from June 25. Additionally, $37,000 in existing fines on juvenile cards will be waived on June 25, creating a clean slate for young library users, removing barriers to future borrowing and encouraging greater participation in library activities. Lost materials continue to be subject to replacement charge for the time being. PCL is also reducing overdue fines on DVD materials for adult cardholders from one dollar to twenty cents a day.

Providence Community Library Appoints Cheryl Space as Library Director

The Board of Directors of Providence Community Library (PCL) has appointed Cheryl Space as its new Library Director. The Board voted unanimously to promote Space into the Director role after Jeff Cannell, the previous Director, announced his retirement after two years in the role. Space, who has been Assistant Library Director since October 2017 and Youth Services Coordinator since 2014, stepped into her new position on June 24.

Zennovation Fund Award Boosts Virtual Reality Learning Opportunities at Community Libraries

Grant Provides Equipment for Bigger Classes and New Projects

The Zennovation Fund at United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has awarded Providence Community Library (PCL) a grant of $5,000 to purchase Virtual Reality (VR) equipment for use at its nine neighborhood locations. The grant will allow more than 20 students to interact simultaneously with VR technology, enable PCL to expand its VR project, Virtual Providence and plan new VR ventures with other Rhode Island based partner organizations. The Zennovation Fund is advised by community leader, Lorne Adrain.  

Providence Goes Over the Edge!

Library’s Rappelling Fundraiser is a First for Rhode Island

Providence Community Library (PCL) has partnered with Over the Edge to bring a brand new event to the Ocean State this coming June. The fundraiser will feature an exciting opportunity for members of the public to rappel down the 12-story Regency Plaza building in downtown Providence and help raise $100,000 for the nine neighborhood locations of Rhode Island’s largest library system.

Knight Memorial Library to Receive $544,000 Facelift Thanks to Champlin Foundation Grant

Grant Award Will Fund Critical Repairs to the Exterior of the Historic Building

Providence Community Library (PCL), has been awarded $544,800 by the Champlin Foundation to repair, renovate and preserve the exterior of Knight Memorial Library. The grant will fund cleaning and renovations to all exterior masonry as well as repairs to the roof, guttering, cornice and skylights.  The work will take place in Spring 2018.

Knight Memorial Library to Reopen on October 23!

Providence Community Library (PCL) is pleased to announce that Knight Memorial Library will reopen to customers on October 23. The building, which is located at 275 Elmwood Avenue, closed temporarily in late July for essential repairs and upgrades. Services and programs will resume during normal scheduled hours, Monday to Friday. Knight Memorial will be closed Saturdays until the end of the year and South Providence Library will continue to offer Saturday hours until the end of 2017.

Knight Memorial Library Closed Temporarily for Mechanical and Electrical Work

Knight Memorial Library, one of the nine locations of Providence Community Library (PCL), closed temporarily on Saturday, July 22 to begin essential electrical and mechanical upgrades to the building, which is situated at 275, Elmwood Avenue. PCL apologizes for the sudden closure. After careful consideration, the Library decided that critical upgrade work should begin without delay, in order to assure safety in the building. 

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