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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.

Develop Your Inner Philosopher at Socrates Cafe

July 11, 2018 - 12:24pm -- jfuentes

Socrates Cafe
Third Thursdays of the Month, 6:00PM
Wanskuck Library

Socrates Café are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange philosophical perspectives based on their experiences, using the version of the Socratic Method developed by founder Christopher Phillips. You can now attend a Socrates Cafe at Wanskuck library, every third Thursday of the month.

Launch of New Teen Space at Mount Pleasant

July 11, 2018 - 11:22am -- jfuentes

Councilwoman Jo Anne Ryan officially opened the new Teen/Community Room at Mount Pleasant Community Library on July 2 to the public in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Senator Paul Jabor and Council President David A Salvatore were also in attendance, as were the Mount Pleasant library staff and Friends group, former children's librarian Emily Le May, plus library users and community members attending the Councilwoman's regular monthly community meeting.  

PCL Goes Fine-Free on Kids' Materials

July 10, 2018 - 2:36pm -- jfuentes

PCL launched this year's summer reading program with some great news - the Library eliminated overdue fines on all materials in its children's and young adult collections on June 25. About $37,000 in existing fines on juvenile cards were waived on the same day, creating a clean slate for young library users, removing barriers to future borrowing and encouraging greater participation in library activities. Lost materials continue to be subject to replacement charge for the time being. 

Library Friend Receives RISCA Grant for Hip Hop Programming

July 9, 2018 - 12:06pm -- jfuentes
Pictured: Isaiah "Keez" Hector (teaching artist), Durin "Vitamin D" Stahl (student), Sean "Trip G" Hopkins (teaching artist)

The Street PHD Program, an afterschool hip hop arts program started in Spring 2018, has been awarded a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) grant to continue in the Fall. Created by Gregory Waksmulski, a Friend of the Rochambeau Library, the Street PHD Program focuses on poetry, music, and performance, connecting professional artists from the area with high school aged public school students.

Summer Schedule for Makerspaces

June 17, 2018 - 11:02pm -- jfuentes

PCL is not just helping to raise the next generation of readers, we're supporting the education of future designers, creators and builders, too. Thanks to funding from Mayor Jorge Elorza and the City of Providence, PCL has teamed with FabNewport,Providence Public Library, the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) and Young Voices to provide makerspace equipment, materials and expertise in our libraries.

Summer Meals @ PCL

June 15, 2018 - 1:28pm -- jfuentes

Food insecurity is a real problem in Providence for many families. Summer can be a particularly difficult time for children who are unable to access the free breakfasts and lunches they receive during the regular school year. PCL is partnering with the City of Providence Summer Meals Program to ensure that children continue to have access to a nourishing lunch at libraries for the duration of the Summer Reading Program.

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