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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.

Learn Spanish!

July 25, 2016 - 5:17pm -- jfuentes

Our Learn Spanish classes, taught by popular teacher Luis Contreras, fill up quickly. Register now for classes beginning September 12 at Mount Pleasant, Rochambeau and South Providence. A $25 materials fee is collected at the first class. Call the host library for details.

New GED in Spanish, ESL Classes Starting Soon

July 25, 2016 - 5:13pm -- jfuentes

Congratulations to the six PCL students who recently successfully completed a GED certificate in Spanish, as well as to the 27 who passed one and four exams and who are on the way to success! In total, 124 students took part in PCL’s GED in the Spanish preparation program from September 2015 to June 2016, led by our in-house teacher, Hipolito Reyes. The program resumes this fall at South Providence Library, reserve your place by September 9.

Coming Soon – PCL Lovecraft Week

July 25, 2016 - 4:49pm -- jfuentes

It’s H.P. Lovecraft’s 126th birthday on August 20 and PCL will be celebrating with a special Lovecraft Week!  On August 22 at Rochambeau, 7:00PM-8:30PM, Paul Di Filippo will talk about Lovecraft's fascination with Providence and Rhode Island and how the writer incorporated his love of Lil Rhody into his fantastic fiction. At Knight Memorial Library, Lovecraft Meets Minecraft returns for children and teens aged 7-18. The challenge? Create a chilling, spooky or weird image in Minecraft based on a brief quotation from one of H.P.

POKEMON ALERT: Sightings in Libraries on the Increase: Trainers Needed!

July 25, 2016 - 4:31pm -- jfuentes

Pokemons have been reported at several PCL locations. Rochambeau is a designated PokeStop and there’s a rumor that we might have a Gym in our midst! Trainers are welcome to enter libraries during opening hours and capture Pokemon but please be mindful of patrons who may be blissfully unaware of the creatures. For the uninitiated, the excitement is all to do with a game played on smartphone devices called Pokemon GO, which has taken the gaming world by storm!

Thanks For Coming, Mayor Elorza!

July 25, 2016 - 4:02pm -- jfuentes

Mayor Jorge Elorza paid a visit to Washington Park Library’s summer reading program kickoff party on June 30. The Mayor told the delighted children that he read every single day,owned 1,000 books and had read almost all of them! Reading 20 minutes a day helps children to avoid the “summer slide” – a gradual loss of reading and numeracy skills which typically happens over the summer – and PCL’s Summer Reading Program makes the process fun and rewarding.  The PCL Summer Reading Program is now in full swing.

Meet the New PCL Director!

July 25, 2016 - 3:44pm -- jfuentes

The PCL Board has appointed Jeffrey Cannell, MLS, as its new Library Director. Jeff joined PCL earlier this month and is based at Rochambeau Library. He will bring strategic vision to PCL, act as chief spokesperson and advocate of the Library at city, state and national levels and lead the organization’s 65 staff.

Emily’s in Print!

July 6, 2016 - 12:21pm -- sshea

Mount Pleasant Children’s Librarian Emily LeMay has achieved a long –held ambition to publish an article in a professional library journal.  "The Imitation Game: Applying For-Profit Strategies in the Non-Profit World," co-authored by Emily and Chelsea Dodd Coleman, appeared in the July edition of Public Library Association (PLA) magazine. Emily and Chelsea met a few years ago when they became the co-chairs of the PR committee at Rhode Island Library Association.

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!”


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