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Join Us for Our Fundraiser “Strengthening Our Roots” – May 4

April 14, 2016 - 1:07pm -- sshea

Support your library! We invite you to enjoy delicious hors d’oevres, drinks and entertainment in elegant surroundings for our 2016 fundraiser, “Strengthening Our Roots,” 6:00PM -9:00PM at Hotel Providence, 139 Mathewson Street. Money raised through sponsorships, ticket sales and a 50/50 raffle promotion will be used to buy new books and other library materials and fund educational and cultural programming at PCL’s nine neighborhood locations.

50/50 Raffle Tickets On Sale Now! Better Odds Than Powerball

April 14, 2016 - 1:01pm -- sshea

If you can’t attend our “Strengthening Our Roots” fundraiser, you can still help PCL to raise money by purchasing the raffle tickets that are on sale at all PCL locations. Tickets cost $5 each or three tickets for $10. The winning ticket holder will receive half the proceeds of all raffle tickets sold! The winning ticket will be drawn at Hotel Providence on May 4. Please note that, for legal reasons, raffle tickets are not available for purchase online.

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Coming Soon – Money Smart Week!

April 14, 2016 - 12:54pm -- sshea

Saving for college? Preparing for retirement? Repairing your credit? Just wish you were better at managing your money? Providence Community Library (PCL) is partnering with local experts to offer free financial workshops during Money Smart Week, a national awareness campaign created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help consumers better manage their personal finances. PCL‘s free workshops from April 23 -30 will cut through the confusion, help you better understand financial issues and plan for the future.

Meet our Teen Interns!

April 14, 2016 - 12:36pm -- sshea

Thanks to a generous $15,000 grant from the Otto H. York Foundation, PCL has recruited nine high school student interns, aged 14 – 18, to create compelling youth programs, mentor younger children and serve on PCL’s Teen Advisory Council.  Welcome to Phoebe (Fox Point), Eder (Knight Memorial), Valentina (Mount Pleasant), Ameenat (Olneyville), Ryan (Rochambeau), Izzy (Smith Hill), Chantel (South Providence), Kankan (Wanskuck) and Dylan (Washington Park)!

Cradle to Crayons – Spring Session

April 14, 2016 - 12:08pm -- sshea

Do you have a baby or toddler in your family? Would you like to learn how to raise a child who loves reading, learn from childcare experts and make new friends along the way? Then Cradle to Crayons is for you! Our Cradles to Crayons program is suitable for newborns to children age 3 years and older siblings are also welcome. We’ll introduce you to new books, songs and rhymes and show you how to share them with your child. Cradle to Crayons spring session will run April –June at Fox Point, Knight Memorial, Mount Pleasant, Olneyville, Smith Hill, South Providence and Washington Park.

Living Literature Performance of “The Wright Brothers”

April 14, 2016 - 11:52am -- sshea

Living Literature will present a 50- minute readers’ theater-style rendition of Pulitzer Prize winner

David McCullough’s book “The Wright Brothers” at Rochambeau Library on Saturday, April 23, at 1:00PM. The book was selected by Rhode Island Center for the Book as the title for this year’s One Book, One State community read program, Reading Across Rhode Island.

Fun Activities for Spring Vacation Week!

April 14, 2016 - 7:36am -- sshea
Check out our calendar page to discover PCL programs that will keep your youngest family members happy and entertained during the vacation week. Highlights include Fox Point's Interactive Film Exploration on Tuesday, April 16 2:00PM-4:00PM, a Mario Kart Wii Tournament at Knight Memorial on Wednesday, April 20 1:00PM-4:00PM and Portals: A Cut Paper Animation Workshop at Washington Park on Wednesday, April 20 at 2:30PM and Rochambeau on Thursday, April 21 at 2:00PM.

A Valentine's Recipe: Sweet Potato Soufflé

February 14, 2016 - 7:56am -- sshea

Since it's Valentine's Day here's a sweet recipe. Soufflé​ is something of a misnomer here as this is not a traditional ​soufflé but it's an old family recipe, carrying its name for decades. And it always receives rave reviews. Enjoy!

  • Bake or boil 5 good size sweet potatoes. Baking caramelizes the potatoes a bit which adds to the rich flavor of this dish. To bake, wrap potato in foil and place on a foiled baking sheet in case potatoes leak their syrupyness. 

Mash potatoes with

  • 1 stick butter

then add…


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