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.
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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.
Virtual Girls Group Talk
Wednesdays, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited Wednesdays from 3-4:00 pm, virtually, to discuss/talk about what's going on TODAY, socialize, learn fun activities, crafts, DIYs and more! This group is supported by interns from the MET School and it's a judgement-free environment. All teens who identify as female are welcome, regardless of gender expression or sexual orientation.
More info here.
Chronicles of Yarnia: Virtual Edition
Mondays at 6:30PM
Are you looking for ways to pass your time while at home? Then why not join the Chronicles of Yarnia group. Meet virtually with like-minded, crafty people and chat while you crochet, knit, needlepoint or create any other needle art of your choice.
NOTE: you need a gmail account to participate in this Google Meet environment (free to set up.)
Virtual Edible Book Festival
Submit your entries: May 4 - May 17
Enter our Edible Book Festival with a tasty representation of a book or character.
What is an edible book?
It's an edible creation that can look like a book, be a pun on the book title, refer to a character, or have something to do with books!
How does the Virtual Edible Book Festival work?
April is a special time of the year at PCL, as many staff are poetry lovers and even poets themselves!
To engage our adult patrons, librarians will offer a social media-based program throughout the month of April, #ProvidenceCommunityPoetry. Staff will provide occasional writing prompts as well as suggestions of favorite poets and their work. Check out our Facebook page for these posts!