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Visit this page to find out the latest news about Providence Community Library, information about our Friends groups, community partners as well as views and comments on current events and stories that impact the library. Please check back often - we'll continue to send you a short, succinct summary in the form of a newsletter.

A Message About Coronavirus

March 3, 2020 - 12:54pm -- publicity
All locations of Providence Community Library remain open and you are welcome to borrow materials, use our services and attend our programs. We are carefully monitoring the situation in Rhode Island concerning the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), and should official advice change regarding recommendations for public buildings, including libraries, we will make an appropriate and prompt announcement. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to take the following steps to help minimize the transmission of infectious diseases:

    PCL Needs More Hours. With YOUR Help, We Can Make it Happen!

    February 14, 2020 - 2:49pm -- publicity

    We simply need to spend more time together.

    That’s the message from you, our valued library users. That’s why we’re asking you for your help to tell Mayor Elorza and the Providence City Council that Providence deserves #MoreHoursforPCL!

    PCL needs additional funds to expand its hours during the week and on weekends in order to provide the much-needed services and programs requested by residents across the City.

    There are four ways to help:

    PCL Announces Story-Writing Contest for Bilingual Kids

    February 14, 2020 - 11:22am -- publicity

    Our annual Pequenos Autores Bilingues competition invites kids aged 7-12 to write an original, illustrated story in English and Spanish and present it in book format. Prizes are offered in in two age categories: 7 to 9 and 10 to 12 and the winners will be announced at our Día de Los Niños/ Día De Los Libros celebration at Knight Memorial Library on Saturday, April 25, 3:00PM - 5:00PM. 

    FUNDA Fest Workshops in January - UPDATE

    January 9, 2020 - 1:27pm -- publicity

    If it's January, it's time for FUNDA Fest, the annual, statewide festival of storytelling from the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS). FUNDA means to teach and learn in Zulu and KiSwahili. From January 26 - February 2, adults and children will be able to experience some of the best cultural arts programming across Rhode Island at venues that include schools, community and cultural arts centers, libraries and theatres.  


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