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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.

Peace Flag Workshops Near You

August 16, 2017 - 5:33pm -- jfuentes

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

It's the Smith Hill Block Party!

August 16, 2017 - 3:37pm -- jfuentes

Smith Hill Block Party
Candace Street
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. 

PCL Community Discussions: You're Invited

August 16, 2017 - 2:57pm -- jfuentes

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!

Back to School Events, Passport Check-Ins: Important Dates

August 16, 2017 - 11:26am -- jfuentes

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:

Book Talk: Andrew Pessin, Author of The Irrationalist

July 19, 2017 - 4:52pm -- jfuentes

Thursday, July 20 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
​Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street

Andrew Pessin (a.k.a."The Genius" on the Late Show with David Letterman) will talk about his new mystery, The Irrationalist: The Tragic Murder of Rene Descartes.
In 1649 René Descartes was invited by the Queen of Sweden to become her Court Philosopher. Shortly thereafter he was dead.
Who would want to murder the world's most famous philosopher?

Turns out: nearly everyone.

Share Your Views at Our Library Community Discussions!

July 19, 2017 - 4:02pm -- jfuentes

Join us as we discuss how Providence Community Library meets your needs. We want to listen to your ideas and suggestions so that we can make the library the best it can be for you and your community. 

We invite you, your family and neighbors to join us for an informal discussion about ways we can improve our programs and services. 

Meetings are from 6:00pm-7:30pm and light refreshments will be served. The meeting schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 24, 2017
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

Visit PCL Libraries and Win Prizes!

July 17, 2017 - 11:39am -- jfuentes

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! 

Summer Math Programs at PCL

July 17, 2017 - 11:27am -- jfuentes

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!


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