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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.

Light Up the Night with Free Bike Lights!

November 5, 2021 - 12:48pm -- publicity

The Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition's (RIBike) "Light Up the Night" campaign wants to help Rhode Islanders stay on their bikes and stay visible as we head into the darker winter months.  As the number of daylight hours shrink, riding at low visibility times becomes an inevitability.  RIBikes's goal is to help provide the equipment needed to enable people to continue to ride safely throughout the entire year.  

It's Party Time! Halloween and Seasonal Parties

October 20, 2021 - 10:56am -- publicity

It's that spooky time of the year again and we've put together a colorful and creative choice of scary story times, crafts and seasonal Halloween parties, just for you, and all for free!

Use this guide to make sure that the big and small kids in your life don't miss out on any of the seasonal fun! Simply click on the title for more details.

This list is not exhaustive - ask in your library to find out what's happening!

We have been selected as a 2021 AARP Community Challenge Grantee!

July 27, 2021 - 4:09pm -- publicity

Providence Community Library is thrilled to announce that Knight Memorial Library  has been selected to receive a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant. We are one of only 244 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and one of only three from Rhode Island!

Congratulations, GED graduates!

June 22, 2021 - 11:56am -- publicity

On Saturday, June 19, the graduation ceremony was held for 19 students who successfully completed the GED program in Spanish, which Providence Community Library offers free of charge to the Latino community.  Teachers Deysy Delgado, Emilia Perez and Hipolio Reyes addressed the students with words of congratulations and good wishes for their future. The Mayor of Providence, Mr. Jorge Elorza, was also present, congratulating the graduates and motivating them to continue their studies until they achieve their goals.

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: 


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