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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.

NEW AT PCL: GED Coaching in English!

December 13, 2016 - 3:08pm -- jfuentes

If you or someone you know missed out on graduating high school and is seeking to earn a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), three PCL locations offer free, weekly GED coaching sessions to prepare them for their tests. 

Whether help is needed to take the first step, to pass one test or all four GED subjects, our qualified instructor will assist students to acquire a high school certificate!

Monday through Friday: 4:00PM- 5:30PM
South Providence Library, 441 Prairie Ave (401-467-2619)

Alt-Comic Con Brings Convention Day Excitement to the Library!

November 21, 2016 - 11:39pm -- jfuentes

PCL decided to bring a taste of RI Comic Con to the patrons at Mount Pleasant Library on November 12. PCL’s "alternative" Comic Con was a free, interactive event featuring Big Nazo, Providence Comics Consortium (PCC), the Dirt Palace artist’s collective, Providence Roller Derby, Providence City Arts for Youth and the Board Room of Olneyville, plus other local artists. Activities included a PCC comic book launch, gif-making, art exchanges, old school Nintendo video games, board games, screen printing and more. The event attracted about 90 enthusiastic and engaged young people.

Nutcracker Ballet Workshops for Children

November 21, 2016 - 2:21pm -- jfuentes

Festival Ballet Providence will once again light up the holiday season and bring the art of ballet to Providence Community Library in three, hour-long public workshops for children in grades K-6: 

Wednesday, November 30th at 10:30am
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street (401-272-3780)

Friday, December 2nd at 1:30pm
Wanskuck Library, 233 Veazie Street (401-274-4145)

Friday, December 2nd at 1:30pm
Washington Park Library, 1316 Broad Street (401-781-3136)

"Providence Talks" Play Groups Begin at Three Locations

November 21, 2016 - 2:04pm -- jfuentes

Mount Pleasant, Rochambeau and South Providence are hosting new play groups that utilize Providence Talks’ groundbreaking teaching model. The play groups meet for one hour a week for six weeks. Each participating family is issued with a Providence Talks’ "word pedometer" (which records the number of words and conversational interactions experienced by the child) and coached on how to use it in their daily lives. The goal is to encourage families to talk and read more to babies and toddlers and increase their exposure to words.

PCL Receives 2016 Rhode Island Literacy Award

November 21, 2016 - 1:49pm -- jfuentes

PCL’s Spanish language GED program was selected for this year’s Rhode Island Literacy Award, which recognizes literacy partnerships within the state library community.  Starting as a pilot program for 12 students in 2011, the GED program rapidly grew into popular and effective course, providing Spanish-speaking patrons with a route to a certificate that enhances career and education prospects.

Bailes Folcloricos Latinoamericano (Latin American Folk Dancing) Workshop Series

July 25, 2016 - 6:11pm -- jfuentes

August is dance month in South Providence as PCL welcomes Columbian teacher Nader Molina Figuera, a recognized expert in the art of folk dance, to South Providence Library. Workshops take place on Saturdays (August 13, 20 and 27, 10:00AM – 12:00PM) and Wednesdays (August 17 and 24, 5:00PM-7:00PM). The workshops will be conducted in Spanish. For more information and to register, call Carolina Briones 401-467-2700 ext.1608.

Save the Date

July 25, 2016 - 5:58pm -- jfuentes

Saturday, August 6: Friends of Knight Memorial Clear Out Book Sale

1000's of fabulous book bargains, graphic novels, comics and vinyl. A collector's paradise. 12:00PM-4:00PM.

Sunday, August 14: Corliss Park Centennial Celebration.

Friends of Corliss Park will celebrate the Park’s 100th birthday with a fun afternoon featuring a fashion show, onomatopoetry, sports events, food trucks, the PCL library bus and much more! 2:00PM-5:00PM.

Monday, September 19: PCL Annual Meeting


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