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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.

Progress at Knight Memorial

September 11, 2018 - 4:49pm -- jfuentes

Passers-by can't help but notice the scaffolding that has gone up on Elmwood Avenue - Knight Memorial is a Work in Progress! The building work should not interrupt the Library's regular opening hours and will continue for several more weeks. 

Progress at Knight Memorial

September 11, 2018 - 4:48pm -- jfuentes

Passers-by can't help but notice the scaffolding that has gone up on Elmwood Avenue - Knight Memorial is a Work in Progress! The building work should not interrupt the Library's regular opening hours and will continue for several more weeks. 

Sharing Maker Space Creativity at WaterFire's First-Ever Tech Night!

September 11, 2018 - 4:39pm -- jfuentes

On Saturday, September 8, PCL Library Director Cheryl Space, Digital Services Manager Stephanie Shea and IT Manager David Sok headed to downtown Providence to take part in WaterFire's Tech Night! The staff joined FabNewport to showcase the PVD Young Makers Initiative, a creative partnership with the City of Providence & Mayor Jorge Elorza, Providence Public Library, Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) & Young Voices that has brought maker spaces into all ten PVD public library spaces.

Free Jazz Concert with Greg Abate

August 19, 2018 - 1:56pm -- jfuentes

Thursday, September 20 7:00PM-8:45PM
Rochambeau Library

A gifted and critically acclaimed saxophonist, flutist,composer and recording artist, Greg was inducted into the RI Hall of Fame in 2016.  Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and an active jazz clinician who conducts workshops and master classes throughout the United States and Europe. Greg's quartet features Ben Cook on piano, Todd Baker on bass and Gary Johnson on drums.

Starting Soon: New ESOL and Spanish GED Classes

August 19, 2018 - 1:37pm -- jfuentes

Starting September 2018
Multiple Days, Times and Locations

September marks the beginning of a new year of study for our language programs.  
Sign up now for an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program to improve your grammar, conversation and writing skills. Classes are available at Knight Memorial, Mount Pleasant, Olneyville, Rochambeau, Smith Hill and South Providence, with a variety of days and times to choose from. See here for the full list.

It's Time for the Smith Hill Block Party!

August 18, 2018 - 10:15pm -- jfuentes

Wednesday, August 22 4:00PM-7:00PM 
Near Smith Hill Library

Get ready for Smith Hill's most popular summer event! 
 
Candace Street will be closed to through traffic to make room for all the free food, music, raffles, prizes, games and resources from local businesses and community organizations! 

The Block Party is hosted by the Smith Hill Partners' Initiative. Check out the Facebook event page for the latest updates! 

Drop-in Grantwriting Sessions with RISCA

August 18, 2018 - 9:58pm -- jfuentes

September 18, 4:00PM-7:00PM
Fox Point Library

September 27, 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Wanskuck Library

September 29, 4:00PM-7:00PM
Knight Memorial Library

Are you interested in applying for a RISCA grant this Fall? Come along to one of our drop-in grantwriting sessions and RISCA staff will help you get your application ready in time for the October 1 deadline. Computers will be available for your use. You can ask questions, write material and get immediate feedback on the draft!

Learn to Code: A Beginner's Series

August 16, 2018 - 1:15pm -- sshea

Tuesdays,beginning September 25, 6:00 -7:30pm
Rochambeau Library, for adults

Have you been wondering if you should learn to code? Maybe you should give it a try!

In this new series, presented by PCL’s Digital Services Manager, Stephanie Shea, we will discuss coding and do hands-on practice exploring three basic languages used on the web: HTML5, CSS & javascript. Participants will be given pathways to continue developing their coding skills beyond this series if interested.

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