JANUARY: Artist and puzzle designer Sarah Jane Lapp helped PCL celebrate National Puzzle Day.
FEBRUARY: PCL and Providence Public Library staff staff learned how to use exciting new maker space equipment ahead of the launch of PVD Young Makers initiative.
FEBRUARY: Lovely Valentine’s Day crafts from Fox Point.
MARCH: Wanskuck Library and Friends held a reception for donors who have been so generous and supportive of renovations to the building and which are now complete. Pictured are members of the Sharpe family.
MARCH: Congressman David Cicilline completes his online questionnaire at Wanskuck Library at the press launch of the 2018 Census Test. The US Census Bureau selected Providence County to test the readiness of its systems ahead of the next national Census event. PCL will continue to help Providence as it prepares for the 2020 Census.
APRIL: The winners of our annual bilingual story writing contest receive their prizes at our yearly Dia Day celebration.
APRIL: Kids had an awesome time learning Dungeons & Dragons from D&D expert Ethan Gilsdorf at Rochambeau.
MAY: Students at a PCL Computer Builders workshop, assembling one of 50 fully-functioning, new devices built by youth aged 12-18 over the last 18 months. The completed computers are in use in our computer labs.
MAY: The City’s official launch of the PVD Young Makers Initiative at Smith Hill. Mayor Jorge Elorza Council President David Salvatore(with intern Brandon Feliz) show off tee shirts, freshly printed on the vinyl press.
JUNE: Our GED in Spanish students graduate a ceremony at the PCTA.
JUNE: Thirty-two daring fundraisers went Over the Edge for PCL at the Regency Plaza on June 23. Join us when we go Over the Edge again on May 4, 2019!
JUNE: Circus Dynamics at Washington Park Library, one of the many exciting educational programs held at our libraries during a lively Summer Reading Program.
JUNE: PCL installed mini-libraries in six Providence Recreation Centers to encourage year-round reading, thanks to a grant from Better World Books.
JULY: The ribbon is cut to officially launch Mount Pleasant's beautiful new teen/community space!
JULY: A young mother used her municipal PVDID card to check out books at the Mobile Library. The card, available from City Hall, provides a convenient form of ID for all Providence residents and is also an Ocean State library card.
JULY: David, PCL's IT Manager (wearing cap), takes a 360 degree camera to Roger Williams Park Zoo to create a virtual reality experience for PCL's new VR project, "Virtual Providence.
JULY: On June 25, PCL went fine free for kids and teens! The Library also eradicated $37,000 in existing fines on youth materials. Library fines are barriers to learning and we want every young person to feel welcome in our libraries.
JULY: Our Mobile Library had another great summer! This year, we offered open air Ready for Kindergarten groups at all ten elementary schools on the bus route, in addition to books, technology, math tutoring and educational games.
AUGUST: Thanks to two awards totaling $935,300 from the Champlin Foundations, the exterior of Knight Memorial Library was renovated in late summer 2018 and the beautiful historic building will have new electrical and fire systems installed by spring 2019.
AUGUST: Through our partnership with Libraries Without Borders and funding from the UWRI Olneyville Fund, the Legal Literacy Initiative brought information and library services to everyday places, such as this laundromat.
AUGUST: From summer to fall, Knight Memorial and Olneyville enjoyed fresh produce, food and products from local artists and businesses though PCL’s partnership with Sankofa World Market (pictured)
SEPTEMBER: FabNewport receive a well-deserved Library Champion award at the PCL Annual Meeting.
SEPTEMBER: Members of new ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) class describe their personal goals for the new academic year.
OCTOBER: Young dancers celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Olneyville.
OCTOBER: Seth, Melissa, IT Manager David Sok and Allison are ready for Halloween at Knight Memorial!
OCTOBER: Author Daniel Kenner visited Fox Point Library to promote his book, Room for Grace. The book is about his late mother, Maureen, and her struggle with cancer. She was a teacher at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School and worked closely with Fox Point Library. Many of her colleagues and former students attended.
NOVEMBER: Staff show off their favorite books for #RIReads Week
NOVEMBER: Karen Isenberg plays ukelele at a Music & Movement class at Mount Pleasant.
DECEMBER: A Full house for Fortnite, popular video game, at Washington Park.
DECEMBER: Our holiday parties keep Santa very busy at this time of year. Here he is at Wanskuck.
DECEMBER: A Royal Festival Ballet dancer presents a Nutcracker workshop at Olneyville.