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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.

Free Seeds at Your Neighborhood Library

January 15, 2019 - 11:30am -- jfuentes

It might be the depths of winter right now but green-fingered gardeners everywhere are already planning their spring planting. PCL can help, thanks to our continued partnership with a free seed program managed by the University of Rhode Island.

Our Rochambeau, South Providence, Wanskuck and Washington Park locations will be offering free seed exchanges in 2019. The program is made possible annually through the generous donation of seeds by Ocean State Job Lot, and the efforts of the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Program volunteers.

Welcome, Michael!

January 15, 2019 - 10:30am -- jfuentes

PCL has a new Director of Philanthropy! 

Michael Bordonaro has over 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations.  Michael is excited to apply his many skills towards creating greater sustainability for PCL.  He joined PCL on January 7.

"I'm so happy to be joining the team at PCL as we enter our second decade of fulfilling community needs of language, literacy and the discovery and enjoyment of continued life long learning.  When we all come together, everyone is elevated," says Michael.

Maker Space Creativity for Adults!

January 11, 2019 - 12:44pm -- jfuentes

Adult Makers Night
Thursday, January 17 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Washington Park Library

If the PCL's maker space areas look like fun, it's because they are! Try your hand at makerspace creativity with access to Washington Park's sewing machine, 3D printer, coding robots, and vinyl cutter and heat press to make designs on fabrics.

FundaFest Workshops @PCL

January 11, 2019 - 11:45am -- jfuentes

PCL is excited to host three performances during the 21st Annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling from January 26-February 3, 2019. FUNDA FEST is Rhode Island Black Storytellers' big week long celebration of storytelling  - funda means means to teach and to learn in Zulu and KiSwahili - and features spoken word concerts and workshops for people of all ages. It's a highlight of the winter calendar in the Ocean State, so be sure to save the following dates:

Grab Your Dictionaries! It's The Spelling Bee

January 10, 2019 - 4:54pm -- jfuentes

PCL Spelling Bee
Friday, January 25 6:45PM - 11:00PM
AS220

The third annual PCL Spelling Bee will take place once again at the downtown location of AS220. 

Doors open at 6:45PM. If you want to compete, plan to get there when the doors open because it's first come, first served to sign up and places are strictly limited! Children under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied at all times by an adult. 

Champlin Foundation Makes Second Generous Award for Work on Knight Memorial

December 17, 2018 - 5:21pm -- jfuentes

PCL is delighted to announce that the Champlin Foundation has awarded PCL a grant of $390,500 to install new electrical and fire systems in Knight Memorial Library. The grant is the second award to be made by Champlin for work on the historic building since 2017, when it gave $544,800 to repair, renovate and preserve the library's exterior. Cleaning and renovations to exterior masonry as well as repairs to the roof, guttering, cornice and skylights took place in late summer 2018. The work on the electrical and fire systems will be completed in Spring 2019.

Remember PCL in Your Year End Giving!

December 17, 2018 - 3:14pm -- jfuentes
Kenrick and his proud family

If you received an appeal in the mail from PCL, you may recognize Kenrick! He recently started a new chapter in his life at CCRI after completing his GED with the help of our amazing GED coach, Carolyn Brown. One-on-one coaching is one of the many programs and resources that we offer to you and all our valued library users.

When you contribute to PCL, your gift helps to fund our nine libraries and life-changing programs, like the one that helped Kenrick. 

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