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"Books to Bank On" Fundraiser Highlights a Critical Shortage of Library Books for Providence Kids

Published Date: 
April 27, 2015

The Needs of 24,000 Public School Students Will Put an Extra Demand on Resources During the Summer Months

Providence Community Library (PCL) is raising funds to purchase books and other materials and to provide educational programming to meet the increased demands that it encounters from its patrons.  As part of the effort, PCL is holding “Books to Bank On,” an evening reception with a silent auction on Thursday, April 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 Rochambeau Library. Tickets are available for $100 from the Library.


PCL has partnered with IGT (formerly GTECH) to produce a two minute video explaining why it is so important for the library to be able to purchase more books.  “Many families don’t have books in their homes so coming to the library during the summer is critical” says PCL Program Director, Michelle Novello “[Students] sustain a summer learning loss which sets them back when they start school in the Fall if they’re not reading.” GTECH Senior VP Bob Vincent, who also features in the video, states: “We’re trying to buy more books so that children will have the opportunity to learn, to read and to succeed.”

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