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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…

Celebrating Black History Month @ PCL!

February 11, 2016 - 2:13pm -- sshea

We have programs for youth and adults to celebrate Black History Month. Kids who like to learn while they play will love Mount Pleasant’s program Black History Month: Learning Scavenger Hunt. The program will run on February 17 and February 24 from 12:00pm and 5:00pm.

Young movie fans should check out Let’s Get the Rythmn: the Life and Times of Miss Mary Mack on February 19 (2:00pm-4:00pm) at Wanskuck. Shown in association with the Providence Children’s Film Festival, the movie documents the history of children’s rhythmical clapping games, sometimes called “jazz on the streets.”

Grant Award Makes For a Very Special Día Celebration

February 11, 2016 - 12:02pm -- sshea

Thanks to a generous grant award of $2,000 from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), PCL will be able to add some special touches to this year’s El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) celebration. 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the introduction of Dia as a national event, and to celebrate, award winning Ecuadorian artist Ildefonso “Poncho” Franco will lead a two-part mask making workshop for children at Mount Pleasant and Olneyville and a three-part animation workshop at Knight Memorial and Washington Park.

York Teen Interns - Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood Library

February 11, 2016 - 12:01pm -- sshea
PCL received more than 60 applications from talented young people for a place on its new youth intern program, funded by a generous grant from the Otto H. York Foundation. Interviews were held in January and nine high school students were selected to serve, one at each of our library locations. We look forward to introducing the new interns via our blog and in the next newsletter!

It’s Tax Season!

February 11, 2016 - 11:59am -- sshea

Yes, it’s that time of year again and we have put together a special page of information to help you navigate the process of filing your federal and state taxes. No paper forms will be found in libraries but our website provides links to IRS, Rhode Island and neighboring state resources, as well as sources and locations of free tax help, tax return preparation and advocacy.

Fashion For All With Tommy – Program Change

February 11, 2016 - 11:52am -- sshea

Olneyville’s fascinating fashion program for all ages has got off to a great start. Due to some scheduling issues, the program has now moved from Thursdays to Wednesdays at 5:30pm. According to Olneyville librarian Sarah Gluck, the local community has rallied around the new sewing class to provide participants with fabric, wool, knitting needles and even sewing machines! If you would like to learn how to design and create clothing under the guidance of a talented RISD fashion student, Tommy Maing, why not join this drop-in class?

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