Our library friends' groups have come up with a great way to explore the network of Providence Community Library locations! Simply pick up a special Discover booklet at any PCL location, look for the owl "hidden" on the shelves and tell the front desk where you saw it. Staff will stamp your booklet and give you a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize!
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Did you know that children lose math skills as well as reading skills over the summer months? A Duke University study demonstrated that students lose the equivalent of 2.6 months in computational ability over the summer months. To fight the loss of numeracy skills, PCL is offering twice-weekly math sessions from July 11 - August 18 at most locations, led by a math consultants from the Providence Schools. Children who complete the program alongside our regular Summer Reading Program will be doubly prepared for a return to school!
Are you 18+ and ready to take on Mount Pleasant's Book-to-Movie Adult Summer Challenge? Read three books and watch a movie adaptation, starting a new book every three weeks. The first two books/movies are Paula Hawkins' 2015 novel The Girl on the Train and Jacqueline Susann's 1966 work Valley of the Dolls; the third title remains a "t.b.a." mystery!
The Challenge starts June 24 and movies will be screened at Mount Pleasant Library on July 19, August 9 and August 30. Call 401-272-0106 for more information.
Computer Builders Program
July 10-14 and July 17-21, 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Mount Pleasant Library
Following a successful pilot at Olneyville Library, PCL's Computer Builders Program will offer two, five-day summer programs at Mount Pleasant Library, providing youth ages 12-17 with an opportunity to build a real computer!
If it's June, it must be time to sign up for this year's Summer Reading Program, which has the theme "Build a Better World." Join us this summer for great books, special activities and free performances by entertainers. Children can earn prizes for reading just 20 minutes every day! Who thought that beating the "summer slide" could be such fun?
Wednesday, June 28th 11:00AM -1:00PM
Dexter Training Ground, 73 Dexter Street, Providence
Mayor Jorge Elorza invites parents and students to the EAT, PLAY, LEARN, the official summer kickoff event about access to high quality, affordable, safe, educational, creative, summer programs in Providence. PCL's Mobile Library will be there! You can play our lifesize board games, use our mobile computer lab (with WIFI), read and relax with a great book, and even get a library card!
Indian Cooking - an Ancient Art
Thursday, June 22, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Join Sanjiv Dhar for a program on the flavors and healing properties of Indian cuisine. Sanjiv will be cooking Carrot and Vegetable Thoran (Dices of carrots, green beans, cauliflower and sweet potatoes in a mustard, ginger, garlic and dry coconut tempering) and Khichdi (a mix of lentils and basmati rice with ghee and whole spices.)
The sixth annual graduation for PCL's Spanish-language GED students took place Saturday, June 17 at Knight Memorial Library. More than 100 students participated in the 2016 -2017 program, with 31 students passing 1-4 tests required to get the GED certificate.At the time of writing,we anticipated that 10-12 students would have passed all four subjects required by the GED test by the day of the ceremony. Congratulations to all students, as well as to dedicated teacher Hipolito Reyes and computer instructor Emilia Perez!
PCL's Spring fundraiser, The Future is Now, took place at Hotel Providence on June 1. Board members, PCL staff, friends, corporate sponsors and other supporters of the Library gathered to enjoy fine hors d'oevres, drinks and excellent jazz from Joe Potenza's trio.
Wednesday, June 28, 6:00PM
Mount Pleasant Library
If you love jazz and know the local jazz scene, you won't want to miss this concert! Come listen to some cool jazz performed by the Roots Cultural Center's original Mango Trio of Mibbit Threats, Zeffro Gianetti, and Richard Hundley. Renowned storyteller and friend of PCL, Len Cabral, who founded the legendary Roots Cafe in Providence, will be on hand to give some history and perspective about the Cafe.