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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.

Stay Cool at the Library!

June 5, 2021 - 12:52pm -- publicity

It's June and the hot weather has arrived!

Fortunately, eight out of nine (all except Knight Memorial) Providence Community Library locations serve as Emergency Cooling Center locations in the city. You are welcome to visit and take a break from the heat during scheduled hours. Please note that visits to library buildings are currently limited to one hour. Providence also has several waterparks

Here are some general rules for staying safe in the heat: 

NEW: Introducing the Providence Seed Library!

May 24, 2021 - 11:39am -- publicity

Providence Community Library is excited to be part of the new Providence Seed Library, a partnership between PCL, Providence Public Library and the City of Providence Office of Sustainability. The goal of the project is to provide beginning and experienced gardeners in our local communities with free access to quality seeds and to support BIPOC-led food justice and environmental justice efforts.

A New Virtual Club for Your Teen: PVD Young Gamers

April 12, 2021 - 5:07pm -- publicity

Providence Community Library has a new club for teens, led by a teen: PVD Young Gamers. The club is a safe space, where teen gamers can meet and talk online as they enjoy gaming together, and is the creation of Richard Orellana, PVD Young Makers Intern at Olneyville Library. 

Here's some more information about PVD Young Gamers, as described by Richard himself: 

We're Helping Providence with Vaccine Appointments & Testing

April 4, 2021 - 9:23pm -- publicity

Getting vaccinated is at the top of many people's minds in Providence but  the process of getting an appointment, even for eligible residents, can be a difficult one. Last month, PCL staff started to assist the City of Providence in the critical task of getting residents signed up for appointments at Providence COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics and at certain retail clinic sites serving hard-hit communities in Providence zipcodes. We're offering testing, too.

Kids' Contest: My Favorite Bilingual Book

April 4, 2021 - 5:45pm -- publicity

Dia Day is always a highlight of Spring at PCL, but with the pandemic still with us, things are a little different. However, we are still holding an annual creative contest for children! See the description below, in English and Spanish. Many thanks to Neighborhood Plan of Rhode Island for sponsoring the competition. 

MY FAVORITE BILINGUAL BOOK:for children 7 to 12 years-old

Three Lively Spring Events from PCL READS

April 4, 2021 - 5:10pm -- publicity

PCL READS, our citywide book club, continues its virtual tour around our PCL locations and invites YOU to participate in three lively author talks and book discussions this spring!

Feminist geographer Leslie Kern will join us on Monday, April 12 at 6:00pm, thanks to our co-host, Groundwork Rhode Island. She will discuss her book Feminist City, a revelatory read combining personal memoir, feminist theory and pop culture analysis.

Master The Art of Taking It Easy with Big Library Read!

April 4, 2021 - 4:42pm -- publicity

The global digital book club, Big Library Read, is featuring The Art of Taking it Easy by Dr. Brian King, with no waitlists or holds through April 19. A psychologist and a stand-up comedian, Dr. King provides a practical, yet laugh-out-loud guide to embracing humor to reduce stress and live a happier, fuller life. A perfect title for our times!

We're Offering Activities for All Ages During National Poetry Month

March 29, 2021 - 10:48am -- publicity

April is National Poetry Month and Providence Community Library is planning four weeks of activities that will appeal to adults, families, and children alike. Check the PCL calendar for the schedule, which includes poetry reading by community members, adult poetry prompts for each weekend and a poetry bingo card event for families.

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