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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.

Girls Who Code Club Receives Gift of Equipment From Law Librarians

December 21, 2015 - 10:27am -- sshea

PCL would like to say a huge thank you to Law Librarians of New England (LLNE), a non-profit organization for professional law librarians throughout New England. After learning about local innovators and businesses at the organization’s Fall Meeting (titled Successfully Supporting & Igniting Innovation) the LLNE Service Committee chose to raise funds for PCL’s Girls Who Code Club, which meets at our Rochambeau location.

Exciting Paid Internship Opportunities For High School Students - Apply Now!

December 21, 2015 - 10:26am -- sshea

PCL is looking to recruit nine, talented high school student interns, age 14 – 18, to create compelling youth programs, mentor younger children and serve on PCL’s Teen Advisory Council.  One successful applicant will serve at every PCL location from January to June 2016 and will receive a monthly stipend.  Interns will lead programs for upper elementary, middle, and high school students. The teen development program is being funded by a $15,000 grant from the Otto H. York Foundation. 

New Year, New Language!

December 21, 2015 - 10:24am -- sshea

Spanish is spoken by more than 500 million people in the world and is the first language of a substantial number of residents in Providence. Why not join one of our Learn to Speak Spanish courses, starting in January, to learn or improve your knowledge of this important language?

New Year ESL Classes…With Special Thanks to Our Volunteer Instructors!

December 21, 2015 - 10:23am -- sshea

A new season of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes will start in January at Knight Memorial, Mount Pleasant, Rochambeau, Smith Hill and Wanskuck, and in February at Washington Park. The classes will run until May and will cover grammar, conversation and writing. Call Carolina Briones 401-467-2700 x1608 or email

Olneyville Offers New Fashion Program

December 21, 2015 - 10:22am -- sshea

Olneyville will launch an exciting, new, all-ages creative program starting January 7th called Fashion For All with Tommy. Led by Tommy Maing, a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, everyone aged 8+ is welcome to come and learn sewing basics as well as how to sew and design a fashion collection in a class featuring brainstorming, collaboration and the creation of clothing.

Don't MissTwo Great Holiday Gift Events at Knight Memorial

November 24, 2015 - 4:01pm -- sshea

Sankofa World Market and Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale are joining forces for a Holiday celebration! Join us for this community event, celebrating the partnership of Sankofa Market and KML, where you will find affordable gifts for your friends and family. 

Sankofa World Market's diverse mix of vendors will have a variety of homemade gifts including candles and body products, clothing, and crafts. There will be face painting, gift giveaways for kids, music, prepared food and more!

5% of sale proceeds will go to the library. 

Storycorps@your library – Thank You!

November 23, 2015 - 12:41pm -- sshea

Back in March, PCL was chosen as one of just ten pilot sites nationwide for Storycorps@your library, a program of the American Library Association and Storycorps, the national oral history project, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Over the last six months, we’ve recorded more than 70 conversations with people who reflect the fascinating diversity of Providence. We’d like to thank the library staff (especially Leah Lubman and David Sok), volunteer facilitators and interview participants who have made Storycorps@your library such a success.

Acme Video Collection - More Than 5,000 Classic DVDs Now Available For Loan!

November 23, 2015 - 12:40pm -- sshea

When Brook Street’s Acme Video Store was forced to close its doors in 2013, PCL stepped in to make sure that its film collection remained available to the people of Providence. Eighteen months on, the task of cataloging the vast collection of more than 5,000 DVDs is now complete!  The collection includes TV series, classic comedies, thrillers, drama, children's cinema and many popular titles – all available for loan for free with a PCL library card. We are sure you’re going to like the DVDs – the Acme collection has resulted already in more than 19,000 new checkouts!

PCL Joins Mayor Elorza’s Summer Learning Task Force

November 23, 2015 - 12:39pm -- sshea

Michelle Novello, PCL Program Coordinator and Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, have joined Mayor Elorza’s Summer Reading Taskforce. The taskforce is charged with making recommendations for ways to curb summer learning loss among Providence students and draws upon the collective experience of representatives from almost 30 educational and community organizations. The taskforce will report early next year.

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