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Visit this page to find out the latest news about Community Libraries of Providence, information about our Friends groups, community partners as well as views and comments on current events and stories that impact the library. Please check back often - we'll continue to send you a short, succinct summary in the form of a newsletter.

Submit a "Book" That's Good Enough to Eat & Win a Prize!

May 4, 2020 - 1:49pm -- publicity

Virtual Edible Book Festival 
Submit your entries: May 4 - May 17

Enter our Edible Book Festival with a tasty representation of a book or character. 

What is an edible book?

It's an edible creation that can look like a book, be a pun on the book title, refer to a character, or have something to do with books!

How does the Virtual Edible Book Festival work?

Poetry Month Activities for Adults & Kids

April 8, 2020 - 12:20pm -- publicity

April is a special time of the year at PCL, as many staff are poetry lovers and even poets themselves!  

To engage our adult patrons, librarians will offer a social media-based program throughout the month of April, #ProvidenceCommunityPoetry. Staff will provide occasional writing prompts as well as suggestions of favorite poets and their work. Check out our Facebook page for these posts!

Because You Care

April 7, 2020 - 9:50pm -- publicity

You donated because you care, and we thank you.

One hundred and five library supporters gave a total of $6,410 to Providence Community Library on 401 Gives Day, April 1. We were thrilled at your generosity, which we deeply appreciate in these challenging times. Your willingness to give is what makes our mission possible, and we will, as always, make every dollar count.

Thank you again!

Have You Responded to the 2020 Census?

April 7, 2020 - 9:20pm -- publicity

If you have, thank you. If you haven't, there's still time to do so, and it is vitally important that you do. Information from the Census provides Rhode Island with $3.8 billion in funds every year from the federal government. These funds support healthcare, schools, roads, housing, libraries, the environment, and many services and programs in communities across the state.

A Message About Coronavirus

March 3, 2020 - 12:54pm -- publicity
All locations of Providence Community Library remain open and you are welcome to borrow materials, use our services and attend our programs. We are carefully monitoring the situation in Rhode Island concerning the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), and should official advice change regarding recommendations for public buildings, including libraries, we will make an appropriate and prompt announcement. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to take the following steps to help minimize the transmission of infectious diseases:

    PCL Needs More Hours. With YOUR Help, We Can Make it Happen!

    February 14, 2020 - 2:49pm -- publicity

    We simply need to spend more time together.

    That’s the message from you, our valued library users. That’s why we’re asking you for your help to tell Mayor Elorza and the Providence City Council that Providence deserves #MoreHoursforPCL!

    PCL needs additional funds to expand its hours during the week and on weekends in order to provide the much-needed services and programs requested by residents across the City.

    There are four ways to help:

    PCL Announces Story-Writing Contest for Bilingual Kids

    February 14, 2020 - 11:22am -- publicity

    Our annual Pequenos Autores Bilingues competition invites kids aged 7-12 to write an original, illustrated story in English and Spanish and present it in book format. Prizes are offered in in two age categories: 7 to 9 and 10 to 12 and the winners will be announced at our Día de Los Niños/ Día De Los Libros celebration at Knight Memorial Library on Saturday, April 25, 3:00PM - 5:00PM. 


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