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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.

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!

There's a Summer Reading Program for Adults, too!

June 15, 2017 - 10:38am -- jfuentes

Are you 18+ and ready to take on Mount Pleasant's Book-to-Movie Adult Summer Challenge? Read three books and watch a movie adaptation, starting a new book every three weeks. The first two books/movies are Paula Hawkins' 2015 novel The Girl on the Train and Jacqueline Susann's 1966 work Valley of the Dolls; the third title remains a "t.b.a." mystery!

The Challenge starts June 24 and movies will be screened at Mount Pleasant Library on July 19, August 9 and August 30. Call 401-272-0106 for more information.

Get Ready to Build a Better World!

June 14, 2017 - 11:09am -- jfuentes

If it's June, it must be time to sign up for this year's Summer Reading Program, which has the theme "Build a Better World." Join us this summer for great books, special activities and free performances by entertainers. Children can earn prizes for reading just 20 minutes every day! Who thought that beating the "summer slide" could be such fun?

Visit PCL at the EAT, PLAY, LEARN Summer Kickoff!

June 14, 2017 - 9:57am -- jfuentes

Wednesday, June 28th 11:00AM -1:00PM
Dexter Training Ground, 73 Dexter Street, Providence

Mayor Jorge Elorza invites parents and students to the EAT, PLAY, LEARN, the official summer kickoff event about access to high quality, affordable, safe, educational, creative, summer programs in Providence. PCL's Mobile Library will be there! You can play our lifesize board games, use our mobile computer lab (with WIFI), read and relax with a great book, and even get a library card!


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