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April is National Poetry Month

April 4, 2018 - 2:36pm -- jfuentes

April is National Poetry Month! For thirty days in Spring, thousands of U.S. schools, publishers, booksellers, poets and libraries participate in events that celebrate poety in all its diverse forms. 

Why does this art form have such enduring appeal across all languages and cultures? There is no single answer to that question but research suggests that our brains respond to poetry in a similar way that we react to music. The rythmns inherent in poetry appeal also to humans' love of patterns.

Here are some poetry events at PCL that you won't want to miss!

Read “The Hate U Give” and Learn More about RI eZone

March 14, 2018 - 3:06pm -- jfuentes

From March 15 to May 15, Ocean State Libraries cardholders can access Angie Thomas' multi-award winning novel, The Hate U Give, in both eBook and audiobook formats with no holds and wait time.  If you are planning to participate in the statewide reading event, Reading Across Rhode Island, that's good news, because The Hate U Give is this year's designated title!

Sign Up to Go Over the Edge - or Toss Your Boss!

March 14, 2018 - 10:35am -- jfuentes

Join us on June 23 for a chance to #RappelforPCL, descend the 12-story Regency Plaza building in downtown Providence and help PCL raise $100,000 for new materials, technology and programs. Register as an individual or as a team and raise a minumum of $1,000 to go Over the Edge; just think of it as 40 donations of $25 or combinations of other small amounts. Our first registered Edger utilized our fundraising toolkit to raise her minimum in 12 hours from 25 donations! You'll be there before you know it!

Bilingual Story Contest & Dia Day Celebrations

March 13, 2018 - 3:23pm -- jfuentes

Día de Los Niños/ Día De Los Libros  2018
Saturday, April 28 3:00PM - 5:00PM
South Providence Library

Dia Day is always a highlight of Spring at PCL! Don't miss this annual family celebration filled with music, refreshments and fun activities.

This year's Dia Day will feature a special author event with Kianny Antigua, writer of 
"Greñas/Crazy Hair," plus a music performance by a talented 14-year-old violinist, Cristofer Mejia from Venezuela.  

Learn to Save a Life with Opioid Overdose Reversal Training

March 13, 2018 - 11:50am -- jfuentes

Wednesday, April 11 5:30PM - 6:30PM
South Providence Library

An opportunity to learn lifesaving skills at this one hour, bilingual English/Spanish workshop. Participants will learn

  • The common causes of overdose
  • How to recognize an overdose
  • How to help someone breathe
  • How to save a life by administering Naloxone, a life saving medication that reverses opiate overdose. 

Light refreshments will be served

PCL Computer Builders Program at Rochambeau

March 2, 2018 - 12:40pm -- jfuentes

PCL Computer Builders Program
Session 1: Monday, March 19 - Friday, March 23 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Session 2: Monday, March 26 - Friday, March 30 3;00PM -5:00PM
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street

PCL’s Computer Builders Program is an exciting, hands-on training project that teaches children and teens age 12 to 17 how to build computers - real machines that will be used on a daily basis by library users of all ages. Participants work in pairs to create fully functional devices that will be installed and used at Rochambeau Library!

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