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Providence Community Library Appoints Cheryl Space as Assistant Library Director

Published Date: 
October 12, 2017

Providence Community Library (PCL) has appointed the Library’s Youth Service Coordinator, Cheryl Space, as Assistant Library Director. Space will be responsible for the implementation of the PCL’s strategic plan and will oversee the goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the library as well as coordinating the implementation of new technology.

Space has served as Youth Services Coordinator at Providence Community Library since 2014. As well as contributing to the leadership, management and strategic direction of the Library, Space designed and implemented Summer Reading in the Schoolyard, PCL’s successful mobile library project, which made its debut in 2016. In the same year, Space coordinated a pilot program in selected Providence schools of the Leaders Library Challenge, a national initiative which aims to provide every school student with a public library card. Space was responsible also for much of the development and expansion of Ready for K!, PCL’s school readiness program. 

“I am delighted that Cheryl has accepted the appointment of Assistant Library Director,” said PCL Library Director, Jeff Cannell.“She brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments at both state and local level to her new role. Cheryl has demonstrated creative and innovative thinking in the area of youth programming and services. I look forward to working with her as PCL develops new ideas and strategic direction for the future.”

Prior to joining PCL, Space was Youth Services Coordinator at Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, where she developed Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, a one book/one state book program for grades 3-6  and coordinated the State’s summer reading program. Space holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan. Space is an active member of professional working groups and associations and was a member of Mayor Jorge Elorza’s Summer Learning Taskforce. She received Library Journal’s Mover & Shaker Award in the area of literacy and learning in 2006. She lives in Providence with her husband, Will,  daughter, Aster and her dog Radar.