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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.

Why PCL Matters: Introducing Our 101 Ways Campaign!

March 19, 2017 - 2:32pm -- jfuentes

Do you follow PCL on social media? Our exciting, daily social media campaign, 101 Ways, starts March 20, presenting some of the many ways PCL contributes to this vibrant city; 101 ways, to be precise! We'll show you, colorful and illustrative images between now and mid-July on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Start following #101WaysPCL on these social media platforms using the buttons on this page. Follow us on LinkedIn, as well! Images will be added to as they are published so you can catch up on any you miss.

Barbershop Singing with Harmony Heritage Chorus

March 15, 2017 - 6:12pm -- jfuentes

Roots of Harmony: a Teach-In, Sing-Out
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street
Monday, March 20, 7:00PM - 8:30PM

The Harmony Heritage Chorus will lead a "Teach-In and Sing-Out" at Rochambeau Library.This free, participatory event will show how the four different voice parts - tenor, lead, baritone, and bass - work together, while showcasing the wide range of musical possibilities contained in this timeless style of a cappella singing. Members of the audience will be invited to try out the parts and to sing selected​ songs with the Chorus.

Spring Fundraiser - Save the Date! PLUS 50/50 Raffle!

March 13, 2017 - 10:28am -- jfuentes

PCL returns to Hotel Providence for its Spring fundraiser, The Future is Now, on Thursday, June 1 6:00PM-9:00PM. This year, PCL will be honoring a true champion of libraries, Senator Jack Reed. More details to come.

We are also pleased to announce that we are running another 50/50 Raffle this year! Buy one raffle ticket for $5 or 3 for $10 (must be 18 or older to purchase). You have a chance to win HALF of all raffle ticket sales and the other 50% goes to support PCL.

Spring Session of Ready for K! Starting at Five Locations

March 12, 2017 - 11:17pm -- jfuentes

A new series of Ready for K! workshops will start soon at five locations: Kniight Memorial (March 27), Mount Pleasant (March 22), Rochambeau (March 30), South Providence (April 3) and Wanskuck (March 27).  Ready for K! is suitable for children (accompanied by parent or caregiver) who will enter kindergarten in 2017- 2018, Every child who participates will receive free books, school supplies and a string backpack.  

Coming Soon: Money Smart Workshops for Everyone

March 12, 2017 - 10:32pm -- jfuentes

PCL has partnered with local experts to offer a series of user-friendly workshops April 22-May 18 that provide information about bank accounts, savings, understanding credit, buying your first home, paying for college, saving for retirement and much more. Participants will enjoy light food they learn, such as pizza, fruit, sandwiches, cookies and coffee, depending on the workshop. Money Smart Workshops include presentations suitable for Spanish speakers and youth, as well as crafts for children and are sponsored in part by a grant from Santander Bank.

Amnesty Week is April 8 -15 at PCL

March 12, 2017 - 9:55pm -- jfuentes

For the second year running, PCL will hold its popular annual amnesty event during National Library Week.  Patrons can return overdue materials to any PCL location and give a non -perishable food item in place of the fine; all food collected will be donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Free books, provided by Books are Wings, will be given to children at every PCL location to take home and keep, while stocks last.

Good Reads for Black History Month

February 17, 2017 - 1:18pm -- jfuentes
Black History Month display at South Providence

February is Black History Month. This commemorative month provides an opportunity to highlight important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. We asked PCL librarians to recommend some books from the library collection that celebrate the achievements of black Americans and the importance of African Americans in U.S. history. 

Here are some of their picks:

Sing for Your Life : a Story of Race, Music, and Family by Daniel Bergner

Announcing the 2017 Bilingual Young Author Story-Writing Contest!

February 14, 2017 - 2:56pm -- jfuentes

PCL invites children ages 6-12 to write and illustrate an original story in English and Spanish, decorate a cover and then submit the completed work as an entry into PCL’s annual bilingual story-writing contest.  The Library is offering free writing and illustration workshops to inspire the young authors and artists.  The closing date for entries is April 13.

WRITING Workshop
Saturday, March 11 2:00P.M.-4:00P.M.
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue


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