From August 4, South Providence Library will no longer open on Saturdays. However, Knight Memorial Library will offer Saturday hours, beginning September 8.
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PCL and Libraries Without Borders will partner to provide direct services to Olneyville residents as they use the local laundromat, amble in the flea market and return home to the Manton Heights housing development. The Legal Literacy Initiative strives to bring library services and legal resources to everyday places frequented by residents and provides help with issues such as immigration and housing law.
The pilot program will run on a regular schedule from July 28 to September 8 on the following days, times and locations:
We had a great day at Regency Plaza!
Thirty-two rappellers went Over the Edge on June 23 and, thanks to those brave Edgers and our generous sponsors, $52,000 was raised for PCL.
Third Thursdays of the Month, 6:00PM
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.
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 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.
PCL has a new Director!
Cheryl Space took over the reins on June 24, one day after Jeff Cannell retired in spectacular fashion, rappelling 150 feet down the Regency Plaza at PCL's Over the Edge fundraiser.
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.
Over the Edge for PCL
Saturday, June 23 10:00AM-2:00PM approx
Regency Plaza Apartments, Providence
Twelve stories, 150 feet - it's not a fundraiser for the fainthearted! Yet we've found 30 brave souls with a taste for adventure, so why not come along, join friends and family and cheer them on?
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.