Providence Community Library is thrilled to announce that Knight Memorial Library has been selected to receive a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant. We are one of only 244 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and one of only three from Rhode Island!
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On Saturday, June 19, the graduation ceremony was held for 19 students who successfully completed the GED program in Spanish, which Providence Community Library offers free of charge to the Latino community. Teachers Deysy Delgado, Emilia Perez and Hipolio Reyes addressed the students with words of congratulations and good wishes for their future. The Mayor of Providence, Mr. Jorge Elorza, was also present, congratulating the graduates and motivating them to continue their studies until they achieve their goals.
It's June and the hot weather has arrived!
Fortunately, eight out of nine (all except Knight Memorial) Providence Community Library locations serve as Emergency Cooling Center locations in the city. You are welcome to visit and take a break from the heat during scheduled hours. Please note that visits to library buildings are currently limited to one hour. Providence also has several waterparks.
Here are some general rules for staying safe in the heat:
Providence Community Library is excited to be part of the new Providence Seed Library, a partnership between PCL, Providence Public Library and the City of Providence Office of Sustainability. The goal of the project is to provide beginning and experienced gardeners in our local communities with free access to quality seeds and to support BIPOC-led food justice and environmental justice efforts.
Providence Community Library has a new club for teens, led by a teen: PVD Young Gamers. The club is a safe space, where teen gamers can meet and talk online as they enjoy gaming together, and is the creation of Richard Orellana, PVD Young Makers Intern at Olneyville Library.
Here's some more information about PVD Young Gamers, as described by Richard himself:
Getting vaccinated is at the top of many people's minds in Providence but the process of getting an appointment, even for eligible residents, can be a difficult one. Last month, PCL staff started to assist the City of Providence in the critical task of getting residents signed up for appointments at Providence COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics and at certain retail clinic sites serving hard-hit communities in Providence zipcodes. We're offering testing, too.
Dia Day is always a highlight of Spring at PCL, but with the pandemic still with us, things are a little different. However, we are still holding an annual creative contest for children! See the description below, in English and Spanish. Many thanks to Neighborhood Plan of Rhode Island for sponsoring the competition.
MY FAVORITE BILINGUAL BOOK:for children 7 to 12 years-old
PCL READS, our citywide book club, continues its virtual tour around our PCL locations and invites YOU to participate in three lively author talks and book discussions this spring!
Feminist geographer Leslie Kern will join us on Monday, April 12 at 6:00pm, thanks to our co-host, Groundwork Rhode Island. She will discuss her book Feminist City, a revelatory read combining personal memoir, feminist theory and pop culture analysis.