By now, you will have seen media coverage anticipating the total solar eclipse event on Monday, August 21. A partial eclipse will be viewable in Rhode Island.
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.
Have you been taking part in the fun contest created by our PCL Friends Groups? There's still time to 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!
Knight Memorial Library is temporarily closed to perform some mechanical/electrical upgrades. We plan to reopen as soon as possible. Patrons can return materials or report Summer Reading to library staff, who will be available in front of the Knight Memorial building at the following times (if no rain):
August 16, table at Sankofa Market 2:00PM-6:00PM
August 17, 1:30PM-5:30PM table in front of Knight Memorial
August 18, 1:30PM-4:30PM Red Library Bus next to Knight Memorial
A Matter of Balance For Seniors
Wednesdays September 20 to November 15, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Mount Pleasant: September 11 at 4:00PM
Washington Park: September 13 at 3:00PM
CSEA**: September 14 at 3:30PM
Rochambeau: September 18 at 3:30PM
Wanskuck: September 20 at 3:30PM
Fox Point: September 21 at 3:30PM
Smith Hill: September 25 at 4:00PM
Olneyville: September 27 at 3:30PM
** Center for South East Asians, 270 Elmwood Avenue, across the road from Knight Memorial Library
Smith Hill Block Party
Wednesday, August 30, 4:00PM to 7:00PM
A don't-miss event in the Providence calendar, this year's Smith Hill Block Party looks like it will be bigger and better than ever! The annual street party stretches between Smith Street and Chalkstone, with the library at 31 Candace Street at the very heart of the fun. There will be free food, entertainment, raffle drawings and crafts and activities for children.
Thanks to everyone who has attended our Library Community Discussions so far! We'll be concluding our tour of PCL locations at Rochambeau (708 Hope Street) on Monday, August 21 and at Fox Point (90 Ives Street) on Tuesday, August 22, 6:00PM - 7:30PM. Light refreshments will be served.
We invite you, your family and neighbors to join us for an informal discussion about ways we can improve our programs and services. We want to listen to your ideas and suggestions for making the library the best it can be for you and your community. Please join us!
18th Annual Back to School Celebration
Saturday, August 19, 10:00AM -1:00PM
PCL will be participating at four of the events hosted by Back to School Celebration of RI: Nathanael Greene Middle School, Parent Information & Student Registration Center, Veazie Street Elementary School, and the United Way of RI. The celebration features free school supplies, food, entertainment and more! You can find addresses and more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1967365590210078/.
There's still time for kids to join the Summer Reading Program! Visit our special page to find recommended reading lists, a schedule of daily activities, online resources and more to help every student beat the summer "slide." Children can earn prizes for reading just 20 minutes every day!