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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.

Sign Up! Creative Summer Camps at PCL Locations

May 14, 2018 - 4:46pm -- jfuentes

If you have a Middle Schooler who is into design and technology skills, take a look at these fantastic FREE Advanced Course Network Summer camps offered by FabNewport and Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) at PCL locations! 

Please note that these camps must be booked through the Rhode Island Department of Education website at the 
Rhode Island Advanced Course Network Registration Portal page, not via the libraries.

PVD Young Maker Opportunities Near You

May 14, 2018 - 3:33pm -- jfuentes

PCL's new makerspaces have received an very positive reception at all locations. The materials and  machines found in our makerspaces offer endless opportunities for creativity.  Assisted byFabNewport and PCL staff members, kids love the fact that they receive badges as proof of the new skills they have acquired using the vinyl cutter, laser cutter, sewing machines, 3D printer, Dash Robot and Heat Press.Teens learn the creative process from beginning to end; from initial idea to an end product that they get to take home or even give away as a gift!

Spring Comes to PCL!

May 14, 2018 - 2:33pm -- jfuentes

After a tough late winter, it's a pleasure to see the trees and flowers around our libraries bursting bud and filling the neighborhoods with color.

Tulips donated by the Peace Flag Project and planted by the Library's Friends group were recently in full bloom at Knight Memorial Library."Many people have slowed and stopped on Elmwood Avenue to savor the intensity of the blooms" said Knight Memorial Friend Doug Victor, "It's a testimony to how transformative the smaller things can be," he added.

New Teen Room Completed at Mount Pleasant

May 14, 2018 - 1:58pm -- jfuentes
Thanks, Jo-Ann Ryan, for the CDGB funds that made this work possible!

Teens need their own space - and now young library users at Mount Pleasant Library will get exactly that!

Part of the floor area was partitioned off for the use of the 12-17 crowd, thanks to a Community Development Block Grant made available to PCL by Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan.  

Library staff are working on the layout of furniture and materials in the new teen space. More images to come!

Summer It Up is Seeking Volunteers

May 14, 2018 - 11:42am -- jfuentes

Summer It Up! is a multi-faceted day camp and tutoring program for middle school students, designed mainly to sustain and to improve math and literacy skills during the summer. Partners in the project are Gilbert School Middle School, Friends of Knight Memorial Library and Bucklin Park & Macgrane Pool.Summer It Up! is currently seeking volunteers to help with the 2018 program.  

Get to Grips with Your Finances at Money Smart Workshops

April 11, 2018 - 2:02pm -- jfuentes

Money Smart Workshops
April 11 - May 4 
Multiple PCL Locations

We're getting off to an early start this year with our Money Smart Workshops! PCL has once again has teamed with a wide range of local experts to provide a series of engaging, user–friendly workshops April 11-May 4 that provide information about budgeting and saving, repairing credit, buying your first home, paying for college, navigating Medicare and much more. The classes are drop-in – just come ready to learn! 

All Fines Forgiven on Amnesty Days!

April 9, 2018 - 11:26am -- jfuentes

Are overdue library books and other items weighing on your mind? Good news - PCL will be holding two Amnesty days during National Library Week! Return your overdue materials to PCL, donate a non-perishable, non-expired item of food and we'll waive your fine. No questions asked! All donated food will be delivered to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

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