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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.

Summer is here! It’s time to Sign Up for PCL’s Summer Reading Program!

June 21, 2016 - 5:58am -- sshea

At PCL, we make reading fun with our annual Summer Reading Program. Events begin on June 23 and several locations - Fox Point, Knight Memorial, Rochambeau and Washington Park - will have special kickoff parties over the next few weeks. This year’s themes have a sporting flavor: On Your Mark, Get Set….Read! for pre-K through elementary grades and Get in the Game, Read for teens.

Olneyville Library is Going to the “Oscars!”

May 23, 2016 - 7:12am -- sshea

In celebration of NeighborWorks Week 2016, "Creating Opportunity", ONE Neighborhood Builders is proud to present the Olneyville OVie Awards! The purpose of the Olneyville OVies is to recognize and pay tribute to some of the organizations, community stakeholders, and residents that make Olneyville such a great community.

Providence Community Library is proud to announce that its Olneyville location has been nominated for the 2016 OVie award: “Best in Community Resource!”

National Library Week

April 14, 2016 - 4:32pm -- sshea

In honor of National Library Week & National Library Workers day on April 12th, PCL staff have been showing off their pride in our Library by wearing PCL tee shirts, buttons and pins. Enjoy our short slideshow of some of the city's brightest, best, most dedicated and supremely photogenic library staff! The next time you are visiting one of PCL’s nine locations, please take a moment to personally say “thank you” to our amazing staff.

It’s Amnesty Week At PCL!

April 14, 2016 - 1:18pm -- sshea

Do you have overdue library materials? Good news! All this week, from Monday, April 11 to Saturday, April 16 we’re holding our annual amnesty event! Simply return your overdue items and donate non-perishable food in exchange for fines - one can of food for every $20 of fines owed. We’ll waive the fines and the all food collected will be given to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

You're Invited To Our Free Amnesty Week Celebration, Saturday, April 16

April 14, 2016 - 1:14pm -- sshea

Please join us at our special party at Mount Pleasant Library, 315 Academy Avenue, from 12:00P.M. - 3:00P.M. We’ll be celebrating PCL Amnesty Week, National Library Week and Rhode Island Library Awareness day, all rolled into one! We’ll have free pizza courtesy of Domino’s, a performance by the amazing Providence brass band What Cheer? Brigade and the unique talents of comic book illustrator and improv artist Eric Fulford.

Join Us for Our Fundraiser “Strengthening Our Roots” – May 4

April 14, 2016 - 1:07pm -- sshea

Support your library! We invite you to enjoy delicious hors d’oevres, drinks and entertainment in elegant surroundings for our 2016 fundraiser, “Strengthening Our Roots,” 6:00PM -9:00PM at Hotel Providence, 139 Mathewson Street. Money raised through sponsorships, ticket sales and a 50/50 raffle promotion will be used to buy new books and other library materials and fund educational and cultural programming at PCL’s nine neighborhood locations.

50/50 Raffle Tickets On Sale Now! Better Odds Than Powerball

April 14, 2016 - 1:01pm -- sshea

If you can’t attend our “Strengthening Our Roots” fundraiser, you can still help PCL to raise money by purchasing the raffle tickets that are on sale at all PCL locations. Tickets cost $5 each or three tickets for $10. The winning ticket holder will receive half the proceeds of all raffle tickets sold! The winning ticket will be drawn at Hotel Providence on May 4. Please note that, for legal reasons, raffle tickets are not available for purchase online.

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Coming Soon – Money Smart Week!

April 14, 2016 - 12:54pm -- sshea

Saving for college? Preparing for retirement? Repairing your credit? Just wish you were better at managing your money? Providence Community Library (PCL) is partnering with local experts to offer free financial workshops during Money Smart Week, a national awareness campaign created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help consumers better manage their personal finances. PCL‘s free workshops from April 23 -30 will cut through the confusion, help you better understand financial issues and plan for the future.

Meet our Teen Interns!

April 14, 2016 - 12:36pm -- sshea

Thanks to a generous $15,000 grant from the Otto H. York Foundation, PCL has recruited nine high school student interns, aged 14 – 18, to create compelling youth programs, mentor younger children and serve on PCL’s Teen Advisory Council.  Welcome to Phoebe (Fox Point), Eder (Knight Memorial), Valentina (Mount Pleasant), Ameenat (Olneyville), Ryan (Rochambeau), Izzy (Smith Hill), Chantel (South Providence), Kankan (Wanskuck) and Dylan (Washington Park)!

Cradle to Crayons – Spring Session

April 14, 2016 - 12:08pm -- sshea

Do you have a baby or toddler in your family? Would you like to learn how to raise a child who loves reading, learn from childcare experts and make new friends along the way? Then Cradle to Crayons is for you! Our Cradles to Crayons program is suitable for newborns to children age 3 years and older siblings are also welcome. We’ll introduce you to new books, songs and rhymes and show you how to share them with your child. Cradle to Crayons spring session will run April –June at Fox Point, Knight Memorial, Mount Pleasant, Olneyville, Smith Hill, South Providence and Washington Park.


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