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Spring Session of Ready for K! Starting at Five Locations

March 12, 2017 - 11:17pm -- jfuentes


A new series of Ready for K! workshops will start soon at five locations: Kniight Memorial (March 27), Mount Pleasant (March 22), Rochambeau (March 30), South Providence (April 3) and Wanskuck (March 27).  Ready for K! is suitable for children (accompanied by parent or caregiver) who will enter kindergarten in 2017- 2018, Every child who participates will receive free books, school supplies and a string backpack.  

Coming Soon: Money Smart Workshops for Everyone

March 12, 2017 - 10:32pm -- jfuentes


PCL has partnered with local experts to offer a series of user-friendly workshops April 22-May 18 that provide information about bank accounts, savings, understanding credit, buying your first home, paying for college, saving for retirement and much more. Participants will enjoy light food they learn, such as pizza, fruit, sandwiches, cookies and coffee, depending on the workshop. Money Smart Workshops include presentations suitable for Spanish speakers and youth, as well as crafts for children and are sponsored in part by a grant from Santander Bank.

Amnesty Week is April 8 -15 at PCL

March 12, 2017 - 9:55pm -- jfuentes

For the second year running, PCL will hold its popular annual amnesty event during National Library Week.  Patrons can return overdue materials to any PCL location and give a non -perishable food item in place of the fine; all food collected will be donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Free books, provided by Books are Wings, will be given to children at every PCL location to take home and keep, while stocks last.

Good Reads for Black History Month

February 17, 2017 - 1:18pm -- jfuentes
Black History Month display at South Providence

February is Black History Month. This commemorative month provides an opportunity to highlight important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. We asked PCL librarians to recommend some books from the library collection that celebrate the achievements of black Americans and the importance of African Americans in U.S. history. 

Here are some of their picks:

Sing for Your Life : a Story of Race, Music, and Family by Daniel Bergner

Announcing the 2017 Bilingual Young Author Story-Writing Contest!

February 14, 2017 - 2:56pm -- jfuentes

PCL invites children ages 6-12 to write and illustrate an original story in English and Spanish, decorate a cover and then submit the completed work as an entry into PCL’s annual bilingual story-writing contest.  The Library is offering free writing and illustration workshops to inspire the young authors and artists.  The closing date for entries is April 13.

WRITING Workshop
Saturday, March 11 2:00P.M.-4:00P.M.
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

Homeless Women Need Our Help!

February 14, 2017 - 8:30am -- jfuentes

When one of our former librarians, Charlene, told PCL that homeless women in Providence were in urgent need of feminine hygiene products, we knew we had to help. The nonprofit social services agency, Amos House, says that sanitary pads and tampons are among the products least likely to be donated to them by the public, leaving many of their female clients in urgent need. PCL is helping Charlene to coordinate a large donation of these essential items to Amos House. You'll find a donation bin at all PCL locations until the end of February.

Don't Judge a Boy by his Face: Wonder Book Club

February 10, 2017 - 7:19pm -- jfuentes

Wonder Book Club 
Wednesdays, February 15-April 26 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Wanskuck Library, 233 Veazie Street

Wonder, the bestselling novel by R.J Palacio, tells the story of Auggie, a middle schooler born with a facial difference and how his appearance impacts his life and world. Wonder Book Club is suitable for students age 9+;  children will discuss the novel and create art and activities based upon its uplifting and anti-bullying message. Let's learn how we can create a wonderful world with and for each other!

Free PCFF Workshops and Screenings

February 10, 2017 - 12:20pm -- jfuentes

PCL is proud to partner with Providence Children's Film Festival (PCFF) and offer three festival library events. PCL shares PCFF's mission and vision that all youth deserve access to great visual stories that delight and challenge as well as opportunities to develop the skills to be their own creative media makers. These workshops and screenings help to fulfill those aims.  

Filmmaking Workshop: Animate the Library!
February 21 2:00PM - 4:00PM
​Washington Park Library 1316 Broad Street

The Favorite Book Play Festival: Get Your Tickets!

February 9, 2017 - 10:58pm -- jfuentes

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) works to inspire the creative voices of kids living in the Olneyville neighborhood through "playmaking". On February 7, Mount Pleasant Library had a special visit from some of the Project's talented young writers, who eagerly sifted through the library's book collections to find inspiration for their own personal writing projects. The students are writing plays for MAP's March production, Once Upon a Time:The Favorite Book Play Festival.  

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