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 www.provcomlib.org/101-ways as they are published so you can catch up on any you miss.
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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.
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.
How to Talk About Slavery in 2017
March 23 7:00PM.
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street
Ray Rickman discusses how slavery helped shape the history of Rhode Island and explains the enduring effect that it has on our state.
Local writers of fiction, self-help, history, local interest, children's books, graphic novels and other genres will gather in the community room of Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, on Saturday, March 25 1:00P.M. - 5:00P.M.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Saturday, March 11 2:00P.M.-4:00P.M.
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue