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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.

Coming Soon – PCL Lovecraft Week

July 25, 2016 - 4:49pm -- jfuentes

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.

POKEMON ALERT: Sightings in Libraries on the Increase: Trainers Needed!

July 25, 2016 - 4:31pm -- jfuentes

Pokemons have been reported at several PCL locations. Rochambeau is a designated PokeStop and there’s a rumor that we might have a Gym in our midst! Trainers are welcome to enter libraries during opening hours and capture Pokemon but please be mindful of patrons who may be blissfully unaware of the creatures. For the uninitiated, the excitement is all to do with a game played on smartphone devices called Pokemon GO, which has taken the gaming world by storm!

Thanks For Coming, Mayor Elorza!

July 25, 2016 - 4:02pm -- jfuentes

Mayor Jorge Elorza paid a visit to Washington Park Library’s summer reading program kickoff party on June 30. The Mayor told the delighted children that he read every single day,owned 1,000 books and had read almost all of them! Reading 20 minutes a day helps children to avoid the “summer slide” – a gradual loss of reading and numeracy skills which typically happens over the summer – and PCL’s Summer Reading Program makes the process fun and rewarding.  The PCL Summer Reading Program is now in full swing.

Meet the New PCL Director!

July 25, 2016 - 3:44pm -- jfuentes

The PCL Board has appointed Jeffrey Cannell, MLS, as its new Library Director. Jeff joined PCL earlier this month and is based at Rochambeau Library. He will bring strategic vision to PCL, act as chief spokesperson and advocate of the Library at city, state and national levels and lead the organization’s 65 staff.

Emily’s in Print!

July 6, 2016 - 12:21pm -- sshea

Mount Pleasant Children’s Librarian Emily LeMay has achieved a long –held ambition to publish an article in a professional library journal.  "The Imitation Game: Applying For-Profit Strategies in the Non-Profit World," co-authored by Emily and Chelsea Dodd Coleman, appeared in the July edition of Public Library Association (PLA) magazine. Emily and Chelsea met a few years ago when they became the co-chairs of the PR committee at Rhode Island Library Association.

Summer is here! It’s time to Sign Up for PCL’s Summer Reading Program!

June 21, 2016 - 5:58am -- sshea

At PCL, we make reading fun with our annual Summer Reading Program. Events begin on June 23 and several locations - Fox Point, Knight Memorial, Rochambeau and Washington Park - will have special kickoff parties over the next few weeks. This year’s themes have a sporting flavor: On Your Mark, Get Set….Read! for pre-K through elementary grades and Get in the Game, Read for teens.

Olneyville Library is Going to the “Oscars!”

May 23, 2016 - 7:12am -- sshea

In celebration of NeighborWorks Week 2016, "Creating Opportunity", ONE Neighborhood Builders is proud to present the Olneyville OVie Awards! The purpose of the Olneyville OVies is to recognize and pay tribute to some of the organizations, community stakeholders, and residents that make Olneyville such a great community.

Providence Community Library is proud to announce that its Olneyville location has been nominated for the 2016 OVie award: “Best in Community Resource!”

National Library Week

April 14, 2016 - 4:32pm -- sshea

In honor of National Library Week & National Library Workers day on April 12th, PCL staff have been showing off their pride in our Library by wearing PCL tee shirts, buttons and pins. Enjoy our short slideshow of some of the city's brightest, best, most dedicated and supremely photogenic library staff! The next time you are visiting one of PCL’s nine locations, please take a moment to personally say “thank you” to our amazing staff.

It’s Amnesty Week At PCL!

April 14, 2016 - 1:18pm -- sshea

Do you have overdue library materials? Good news! All this week, from Monday, April 11 to Saturday, April 16 we’re holding our annual amnesty event! Simply return your overdue items and donate non-perishable food in exchange for fines - one can of food for every $20 of fines owed. We’ll waive the fines and the all food collected will be given to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.


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