PCL decided to bring a taste of RI Comic Con to the patrons at Mount Pleasant Library on November 12. PCL’s "alternative" Comic Con was a free, interactive event featuring Big Nazo, Providence Comics Consortium (PCC), the Dirt Palace artist’s collective, Providence Roller Derby, Providence City Arts for Youth and the Board Room of Olneyville, plus other local artists. Activities included a PCC comic book launch, gif-making, art exchanges, old school Nintendo video games, board games, screen printing and more. The event attracted about 90 enthusiastic and engaged young people.
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Festival Ballet Providence will once again light up the holiday season and bring the art of ballet to Providence Community Library in three, hour-long public workshops for children in grades K-6:
Wednesday, November 30th at 10:30am
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street (401-272-3780)
Friday, December 2nd at 1:30pm
Wanskuck Library, 233 Veazie Street (401-274-4145)
Friday, December 2nd at 1:30pm
Washington Park Library, 1316 Broad Street (401-781-3136)
Mount Pleasant, Rochambeau and South Providence are hosting new play groups that utilize Providence Talks’ groundbreaking teaching model. The play groups meet for one hour a week for six weeks. Each participating family is issued with a Providence Talks’ "word pedometer" (which records the number of words and conversational interactions experienced by the child) and coached on how to use it in their daily lives. The goal is to encourage families to talk and read more to babies and toddlers and increase their exposure to words.
PCL’s Spanish language GED program was selected for this year’s Rhode Island Literacy Award, which recognizes literacy partnerships within the state library community. Starting as a pilot program for 12 students in 2011, the GED program rapidly grew into popular and effective course, providing Spanish-speaking patrons with a route to a certificate that enhances career and education prospects.
Those nice people at Blue State Coffee, 300 Thayer Street have selected Providence Community Library as a supported non-profit organization! Every six months, Blue State Coffee at 300 Thayer Street chooses four local non-profit organizations to support in the store, based on customer suggestions.
August is dance month in South Providence as PCL welcomes Columbian teacher Nader Molina Figuera, a recognized expert in the art of folk dance, to South Providence Library. Workshops take place on Saturdays (August 13, 20 and 27, 10:00AM – 12:00PM) and Wednesdays (August 17 and 24, 5:00PM-7:00PM). The workshops will be conducted in Spanish. For more information and to register, call Carolina Briones 401-467-2700 ext.1608.
Saturday, August 6: Friends of Knight Memorial Clear Out Book Sale
1000's of fabulous book bargains, graphic novels, comics and vinyl. A collector's paradise. 12:00PM-4:00PM.
Sunday, August 14: Corliss Park Centennial Celebration.
Friends of Corliss Park will celebrate the Park’s 100th birthday with a fun afternoon featuring a fashion show, onomatopoetry, sports events, food trucks, the PCL library bus and much more! 2:00PM-5:00PM.
Monday, September 19: PCL Annual Meeting
Our Learn Spanish classes, taught by popular teacher Luis Contreras, fill up quickly. Register now for classes beginning September 12 at Mount Pleasant, Rochambeau and South Providence. A $25 materials fee is collected at the first class. Call the host library for details.
Congratulations to the six PCL students who recently successfully completed a GED certificate in Spanish, as well as to the 27 who passed one and four exams and who are on the way to success! In total, 124 students took part in PCL’s GED in the Spanish preparation program from September 2015 to June 2016, led by our in-house teacher, Hipolito Reyes. The program resumes this fall at South Providence Library, reserve your place by September 9.
It’s H.P. Lovecraft’s 126th birthday on August 20 and PCL will be celebrating with a special Lovecraft Week! On August 22 at Rochambeau, 7:00PM-8:30PM, Paul Di Filippo will talk about Lovecraft's fascination with Providence and Rhode Island and how the writer incorporated his love of Lil Rhody into his fantastic fiction. At Knight Memorial Library, Lovecraft Meets Minecraft returns for children and teens aged 7-18. The challenge? Create a chilling, spooky or weird image in Minecraft based on a brief quotation from one of H.P.