PCL celebrated its tenth birthday on Monday, July 1 in the same way it celebrated its first day in 2009 - with parties around the neighborhoods. Library users, staff, PCL Board members, Friends and guests assembled at 4:30PM at every location to enjoy cake and lemonade. The festivities are just the start of a special year for PCL and more events are planned.
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What could motivate a child more to read every day over the summer than a bag full of exciting new books to take home and keep? PCL is piloting a free book giveaway to school students to provide additional motivation to read every day during the summer vacation.
PCL is excited to host Summer Afterzone PVD Young Makers Camps in partnership with the Providence After School Alliance (PASA). Camps will take place at Olneyville, Rochambeau, South Providence and Wanskuck in two sessions:
Session #1: Monday - Friday, July 8 – July 19 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Session #2: Monday - Friday July 22 – August 22 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
The theme of this year's summer reading program is A Universe of Stories - an inspiring title for readers of all ages! PCL has worked with the City of Providence and several partner organizations to create more than 400 fun learning activities and free performances which are designed to encourage students to start reading - and keep reading - all summer long. We want children to enjoy reading and become lifelong readers!
Long Story Short: Art & Education at New Urban Arts
Thursday, June 20 6:00PM - 7:30PM
South Providence Library
Join Professor Susan Smulyan of Brown University on Thursday, June 20 at South Providence Library for the last presentation in the Long Story Short series, as she explores the connections between art and education in the South Providence neighborhood. Enjoy the evening and bring the family - pizza and homework help is available for school age children!
PCL is pleased to announce that Knight Memorial Library will remain open all summer! Due to recent upgrades to the historic building, the library will remain open to the public during the warmest weeks of the year. PCL began an extensive, multistage renovation of Knight Memorial in 2018, which includes updates to mechanical and electrical systems required to support the eventual installation of a full HVAC system throughout the building.
The First Amendment and the Free Press
Wednesday, June 26 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Can YOU name the Five Freedoms protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution? According to a recent survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, more than a third of Americans cannot name a single one.
"Cada dia los centros de trabajo requieren los titulos de High School o su equivalente: GED; ademas, solo con uno de estos documentos se puede ingresar a la universidades y/o hacer una carrera tecnica; en tal sentido, es de vital importancia obtener uno de estos titutlos si desean progresar. Aprovechen la oportunidades que ofrecen las Librerias Comunitarias de Providence de hacer el curso del GED GRATIS!"