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THE BRIDGE HOME Programs - Summer 2020

PCL READS can't get enough of the 2020 RI Great Reads Author Padma Venkatraman and her latest book, The Bridge Home. So, we dedicated an entire summer calendar of programming around the book! Attend one, or better yet, attend them all!

Read the Book

Free copies of the The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman are available at Mount Pleasant LibraryWashington Park Library, and Olneyville Library — while supplies last!  

The Programs

Monday, July 13, 6PM - A Conversation with Padma Venkatraman

Tuesday, July, 14 through Saturday, July 18 - Bead Jewelry

  • Starting July 14, stop by Mount Pleasant Library to pick up materials to make your own bead necklaces and bracelets at home, just like the ones in the book!  Feel free to send us pictures of the jewelry you make to

Wednesday, July 15, 4PM - Kolam Craft

  • Stop on in Washington Public Library and let's make a version of the traditional Indian drawing, as mentioned in The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman using glue, paper, and rice flour. All Ages. 

Fridays, July 17 through July 31, 11AM - Reader's Theater

  • Readers Theater is an integrated approach to involving students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities.
  • Join us at Washington Park Library every Friday in July for a Reader's Theater program for children of all ages! Learn more.

Tuesday, July 28, 4PM - Planting & Seed Art with Farm Fresh RI

  • Curious about gardening and planting? Join us at Washington Park Library for an interactive workshop for families. Learn about the importance of seeds, create your own newspaper pots, plant seeds to take home or create some seed art! Learn more.

Tuesday, August 11, 4PM - Cook n' Book 101 with Farm Fresh RI

  • Curious about cooking with local foods? Join us at Washington Park Library to read a book and create a corresponding recipe from scratch. While cooking, we’ll learn about the foods we are cooking and the local food system. Learn more.

Tuesday, August 11, 6-8PM - Write a Letter to a Character

  • Write a letter to a character, either from The Bridge Home or from another story that you like.  You can write the letter at home and drop it off at our special mailbox at the Mount Pleasant Library on August 11. Contact  to learn more.

The Bridge Home FOOD DRIVE 

  • All nine Providence Community Library locations serve as drop-off sites for non-perishable food donations to the Rhode Island Food Bank during the food drive, which runs July 13 through August 15.
  • Please, consider taking action by participating in the food drive to alleviate hunger in Rhode Island. Direct questions to  .  

The Bridge Home is about children in India who experience poverty, hunger, homelessness and loss; children who are under constant threat of violence and abuse; and yet children who remain loving and and hopeful, who retain the ability to glimpse humor in the grimmest of situations, and who, are, above all, immensely courageous and capable of intense compassion. I hope that reading the book will not only allow you to feel empathetic toward children who suffer as a result of socioeconomic under privilege; I hope the book might inspire you to take action, as well.


Do you love talking about books with other book lovers? Have you been searching for an intellectual, fun and easy-going book discussion to join? Look no further! Amy Rosa from the Washington Park Library and Lee Smith from the Mount Pleasant Library have launched PCL READS— the citywide, one book, one community book discussion—and we want YOU to accompany us at our next meeting! Join our Goodreads group to stay current on the latest events and book selections!