The last few months haven't been easy. We at Providence Community Library have had to dig deep and come up with new ways to keep you educated, entertained and informed while the buildings are closed.
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.
Who knew that PCL had so many multi-talented, creative and camera-ready media stars on staff? Watch this short video to get a taste of some of the fun, engaging and informative videos you can find on the PCL YouTube Channel!
When her library closed its doors due to COVID-19, Duongrattha Siv (known as Siv), clerk supervisor and sewing instructor at Mount Pleasant Library, turned her crafting skills to making sought-after, reusable cloth masks.
The launch of PVD Young Makers injected lots of creative thinking and new energy in our library spaces. When the libraries closed to the public, Seiji Abe and his colleagues from our partner organization FabNewport, working in conjunction with the RI Rapid Solvers Group, switched gears and set up a factory line of 3D printers at Rochambeau Library. To date they have manufactured thousands of 3D-printed faceshields for front line health workers in Rhode Island.
Over the course of just a few weeks, our lives have been transformed. PCL staff have proven themselves to be resilient and flexible as they have come up with innovative ways to support library users. In this COVID Chronicle article, Washington Park librarian Amy Rosa talked to Rhode Island Monthly about how she and PCL staff have adapted to provide curbside library services, programs by YouTube and how the pandemic is influencing book choices. A wonderful read!
Children's Specialist Jennifer Romans invites you to join the Smith Hill Google Classroom.
"I hope families and educators will use the Smith Hill Google Classroom as a resource," says Jennifer. "I post at least one activity daily, Monday to Friday and I have a large list of online resources that I update regularly. I post activities and book lists for children and teens. I also post a daily picture of a seed that I am growing for students to draw and monitor for changes," she explains.
We're celebrating Latino Books Month! We hope you'll join us by reading (and in the case of youth, voting for your favorite) books on selected lists put together by the Rhode Island Latino Books Month Awards Committee.