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2016: A Year in Pictures

December 13, 2016 - 11:56pm -- jfuentes

With nine libraries operating such a busy daily schedule of programs and services, it is difficult to do justice to the work of our library staff in a single slideshow - but we'll try!

Mobile device users: you may need to swipe to the right to advance the images. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Dhana Whiteing and and the many PCL staff who provided images for this slideshow.

  • A child settles into a tree pose during a youth yoga class at Wanskuck Library.
  • Three boys are engrossed in their work at an animation workshop provided in partnership with the Providence Children's Film Festival (Washington Park).
  • Mayor Jorge Elorza addresses the PCL rally at City Hall on March 24. PCL Friends representatives delivered 3,500 handwritten postcards to the Mayor, in support of increased library funding (image:Tony Aguilar).
  • Smith Hill Children's Specialist Jennifer Romans gets a BIG thank you letter after visiting students at Paul Cuffee School!
  • South Providence librarian Tien Tran (left), Babatunde Fakolujo (center) and Kevin Rodriguez (right) plant new flowers on Earth Day.
  • Program Coordinator Michelle Novello talks about Amnesty Week on The Rhode Show. This year, PCL sought the return of 12,000 missing and overdue items from its collection!
  • Amnesty Week netted nearly 900 pounds of food for the R.I.Food Bank in lieu of fines. It concluded with a memorable party at Mount Pleasant ,featuring the What Cheer? Brigade!
  • Multi-talented Ecuadorian artist Ildefonso "Poncho" Franco returned Providence to present a series of mask making and animation workshops incorporating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) components. Poncho is pictured with a student and PCL bilingual children's specialist Miss Toni.
  • Children perform excerpts from Romeo & Juliet in Spanish. This special program was presented in partnership with Brown University students during the daylong celebration of Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros at Knight Memorial on April 30.
  • Board member Patricia Raub (left) addresses the guests at PCL's May 4 fundraiser. Held at the elegant Hotel Providence, the event honored Congressman David Cicilline(center, right) and PCL founder Linda Kushner(center, left) and raised more than $50,000 (image:Stephanie Georgia).
  • Olneyville Library had a tough year, suffering a damaging flood in April that forced it to close. The good news: a local fundraiser raised $10,000 and, on June 11, Olneyville received an Ovie (Olneyville's version of the Oscars) for being the Best Community Resource. More good news: Olneyville is expected to reopen in early 2017.
  • Three beautiful smiles from Emily Le May (Mount Pleasant),Sarah Gluck(Olneyville) and Leah Lubman (Washington Park) at the Rhode Island Library Association Conference. Leah and Sarah made a presentation about PCL's successful "Storycorps @ Your Library" program.
  • Mayor Elorza helps kick off Washington Park's summer reading program party. More than 350 kids registered there for summer reading. Phew!
  • Day One of the mobile library's summer schedule and the team's all here! Come rain or shine, these and other dedicated professionals visited ten public elementary schools, plus some City recreation centers, all summer long.
  • A brother and his sisters investigate the treasures on the Mobile Library's bookshelves at D.Spaziano Elementary School (picture: Sandor Bodo. Providence Journal)
  • The mobile library provided artistic opportunities...
  • ...and access to technology,games, math tuition and more at ten elementary schools on a regular, weekly schedule.
  • This year, PCL issued nore than 1,300 new library cards to students as part of a national initiative, the ConnectED Library Challenge. Here, a brand new patron reads with Washington Park's volunteer, "Foster Grandmother " Miss Carol, one of the unsung heroes of PCL.
  • The cast of a bilingual performance of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, produced in association with Rhode Island Latino Arts and Trinity Repertory Company, pose at South Providence Library.
  • Corliss Park celebrated its 100th birthday this year and held a memorable celebration. Wanskuck Library and PCL's mobile library played a big part in proceedings!
  • This year's Annual Meeting was set against the grandeur of the Rhode Island State House. Employees of the Year Judanne Hamidzada and Mike Nickerson, chosen by their peers, received recognition, as did PCL founder and volunteer, Ellen Schwartz.
  • Our guest speakers, pictured here with Jeff Cannell, were Richard Culatta (RI Chief Innovation Officer, center) and Thomas Flanagan (Chief Academic Officer, Providence Schools, right). The Next-Gen Providence Community Library - we are thinking about the future!
  • South Providence now has a collection of salt and fresh water fishing poles! The loan period is three weeks. You just need hooks, bait, and a fishing license, which can be purchased on a smartphone. Here, library volunteer Mr Ralph proudly shows off the sign he made for the new collection.
  • We were thrilled when we heard that PCL had been awarded the 2016 Library of Congress Rhode Island Literacy Award for its Spanish language GED program. Started in 2011, we believe it remains the only free program of its kind in the state - and much of its success may be put down to the personal dedication of our GED literacy teacher, Hipolito Reyes (pictured right,with his students)..
  • Mount Pleasant, like all our locations, takes Halloween very seriously. It was the clear winner in this year's Facebook staff costume contest!
  • Feria del Libro y las Artes de Providence, PCL's signature literary and cultural festival for the Latino Community, returned for the third year. Held at the Providence Career and Technical Academy, it attracted writers and poets from New England and beyond. Here, a group pose for the camera.
  • RI Comic Con is fun - but not everyone can afford to go. So PCL decided to bring convention fever to the library on November 12! Mount Pleasant hosted an amazing event which was supported by a number of local, creative and artistic organizations - including Big Nazo, pictured here.
  • Fox Point celebrated its annual party on November 1 with the help of the You Rock School of Music, Cranston.
  • Playing golf- in a library? Yes, the PCL Minigolf Classic brought the putters out at Rochambeau on November 19 and raised $5,000 for the mobile library. Here, in a pre-event publicity photo,Mr Garrett shows off his personal golfing technique, while Miss Emily looks on in horror.
  • Nutcracker workshops have become favorite events in our December calendar, thanks to Festival Ballet Providence (pictured her at Rochambeau).
  • A wonderful festive sight at Fox Point, thanks to Miss Toni. Well, PCL is a library, isn't it?