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Meet Padma Venkatraman at Virtual PVD READS Event

June 20, 2020 - 9:14pm -- publicity

Join Providence Community Library’s PVD READS Book Club on Monday, July 13th at 6PM for a virtual, intergenerational book discussion of The Bridge Home, featuring the book’s author, Padma Venkatraman. The conversation will be moderated by Meagan Lenihan, Director of the Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors, and co-hosted by Rhode Island Center for the Book and Providence Community Library. 

Inside-Out Summer: A Creative Program for Teens

June 19, 2020 - 4:37pm -- publicity

The PVD Young Makers initiative has brought maker space tools and creativity to Providence libraries, transforming the traditional experience of library spaces for many local teens. Now the innovative maker team and its program partners have come up with a combination of safe, socially distanced summer challenges for middle and high school students to complete at home.  Inside-Out Summer is a four-week-long, online program that offers a series of design challenges utilizing three learning pathways: 2D Design, 3D Design and Entrepreneurship.

PCL Responds: Making 3D Face Shields

May 5, 2020 - 10:27pm -- publicity

The launch of PVD Young Makers injected lots of creative thinking and new energy in our library spaces. When the libraries closed to the public, Seiji Abe and his colleagues from our partner organization FabNewport, working in conjunction with the RI Rapid Solvers Group, switched gears and set up a factory line of 3D printers at Rochambeau Library. To date they have manufactured thousands of 3D-printed faceshields for front line health workers in Rhode Island.

PCL Responds: A Front-Line Librarian's Story

May 5, 2020 - 10:10pm -- publicity

Over the course of just a few weeks, our lives have been transformed. PCL staff have proven themselves to be resilient and flexible as they have come up with innovative ways to support library users. In this COVID Chronicle article, Washington Park librarian Amy Rosa talked to Rhode Island Monthly about how she and PCL staff have adapted to provide curbside library services, programs by YouTube and how the pandemic is influencing book choices. A wonderful read!  


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