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Free COVID-19 Testing is Now Available Twice-Weekly at Smith Hill Library

The Smith Hill location of Providence Community Library is proud to host the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation (SHCDC) and the Rhode Island National Guard to bring FREE COVID-19 testing to the Smith Hill community in Providence. COVID testing is available every Tuesday and Friday 11am-2pm in the parking lot area of the library. No appointment is necessary and there is ample street parking. Smith Hill Library is at 31 Candace Street.  

Providence Community Library Announces Changes to Hours, Resumption of Public Computer Services

Providence Community Library (PCL) is introducing new, scheduled hours on Monday, October 19.  Knight Memorial, Mount Pleasant and Rochambeau, PCL’s three larger libraries, will close on Fridays but will continue to provide curbside pick-up services during afternoon hours and outdoor WiFi access on that day. On Saturdays, the same three libraries will open for longer hours, in response to a clear public demand expressed during a recent public advocacy campaign.

Black History Matters: Compelling Lecture Series Explores the Unfinished Business of Social Justice in Providence

Power, Privilege & Social Justice: History of African American Civil Rights in Providence RI is a three-part series from the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, in partnership with Providence Community Library, which explores the history and struggle for African Americans to achieve Civil Rights in Providence over a 300-year period. Keith Stokes, Advisor to the RI Black Heritage Society, will present the talks.

Welcome Back! Providence Community Library Reopens on July 1

Library Users Can Look Forward to Safe Summer Browsing and Outdoor Seating

Providence Community Library (PCL) will reopen its nine neighborhood locations on Wednesday, July 1. PCL will operate a summer schedule until September 4, with slightly reduced hours and mid-day closings that allow for extra cleaning of surfaces and safe quarantining of returned items.  Patrons may make brief visits, browse and borrow materials and pick up reserved items and materials for the Summer Reading Program. 

Programa de “Legal Literacy” lleva la Biblioteca de Olneyville a una lavandería, un mercado de pulgas, una estación de autobuses y un fraccionamiento de vivienda

Providence Community Library (PCL) y Bibliotecas sin Fronteras (BSF) se asociarán para proporcionar servicios directos a los residentes Olneyville ya que utilizan la lavandería local, explore el mercado de pulgas, esperan en el estación de buses, y regrese a su hogar en el fraccionamiento Manton Heights. La Iniciativa de Legal Literacy se esfuerza por llevar los servicios de la biblioteca y los recursos legales a lugares cotidianos frecuentados por los residentes y proporciona ayuda con los asuntos de preocupación constante.

Legal Literacy Program Takes Olneyville Library into the Laundromat, Flea Market, Bus Station and Housing Development

Providence Community Library (PCL) and Libraries Without Borders will partner to provide direct services to Olneyville residents as they use the local laundromat, explore the flea market, and return home to the Manton Heights housing development. The Legal Literacy Initiative strives to bring library services and legal resources to everyday places frequented by residents and provides help with issues of ongoing concern. The pilot program will run on a regular schedule from July 28 to September 8 on the following days, times, and locations:

Providence Community Library Kicks Off Summer by Eliminating Fines on Kids’ Materials

Providence Community Library (PCL) will eliminate overdue fines on all materials in its children's and young adult collections from June 25. Additionally, $37,000 in existing fines on juvenile cards will be waived on June 25, creating a clean slate for young library users, removing barriers to future borrowing and encouraging greater participation in library activities. Lost materials continue to be subject to replacement charge for the time being. PCL is also reducing overdue fines on DVD materials for adult cardholders from one dollar to twenty cents a day.

Providence Community Library Appoints Cheryl Space as Library Director

The Board of Directors of Providence Community Library (PCL) has appointed Cheryl Space as its new Library Director. The Board voted unanimously to promote Space into the Director role after Jeff Cannell, the previous Director, announced his retirement after two years in the role. Space, who has been Assistant Library Director since October 2017 and Youth Services Coordinator since 2014, stepped into her new position on June 24.

Zennovation Fund Award Boosts Virtual Reality Learning Opportunities at Community Libraries

Grant Provides Equipment for Bigger Classes and New Projects

The Zennovation Fund at United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has awarded Providence Community Library (PCL) a grant of $5,000 to purchase Virtual Reality (VR) equipment for use at its nine neighborhood locations. The grant will allow more than 20 students to interact simultaneously with VR technology, enable PCL to expand its VR project, Virtual Providence and plan new VR ventures with other Rhode Island based partner organizations. The Zennovation Fund is advised by community leader, Lorne Adrain.  

Providence Goes Over the Edge!

Library’s Rappelling Fundraiser is a First for Rhode Island

Providence Community Library (PCL) has partnered with Over the Edge to bring a brand new event to the Ocean State this coming June. The fundraiser will feature an exciting opportunity for members of the public to rappel down the 12-story Regency Plaza building in downtown Providence and help raise $100,000 for the nine neighborhood locations of Rhode Island’s largest library system.

Knight Memorial Library to Receive $544,000 Facelift Thanks to Champlin Foundation Grant

Grant Award Will Fund Critical Repairs to the Exterior of the Historic Building

Providence Community Library (PCL), has been awarded $544,800 by the Champlin Foundation to repair, renovate and preserve the exterior of Knight Memorial Library. The grant will fund cleaning and renovations to all exterior masonry as well as repairs to the roof, guttering, cornice and skylights.  The work will take place in Spring 2018.

Knight Memorial Library to Reopen on October 23!

Providence Community Library (PCL) is pleased to announce that Knight Memorial Library will reopen to customers on October 23. The building, which is located at 275 Elmwood Avenue, closed temporarily in late July for essential repairs and upgrades. Services and programs will resume during normal scheduled hours, Monday to Friday. Knight Memorial will be closed Saturdays until the end of the year and South Providence Library will continue to offer Saturday hours until the end of 2017.

Knight Memorial Library Closed Temporarily for Mechanical and Electrical Work

Knight Memorial Library, one of the nine locations of Providence Community Library (PCL), closed temporarily on Saturday, July 22 to begin essential electrical and mechanical upgrades to the building, which is situated at 275, Elmwood Avenue. PCL apologizes for the sudden closure. After careful consideration, the Library decided that critical upgrade work should begin without delay, in order to assure safety in the building. 

Providence Community Library Anuncia el Concurso Literario “Letras De Little Rhody”

Providence Community Library y la Feria del Libro y las Artes de Providence, dan inicio el primer concurso literario en español “Letras De  Little Rhody” en las categorías Poesía y Cuentos con el fin de promover la literatura y  los escritores latinos de Rhode Island. La fecha de entrega de los trabajos participantes es el 30 de Junio del 2017.

Providence Community Library Appoints Jeffrey Cannell as Library Director

The Neighborhood Library System’s New Leader Brings a Wealth of Experience to His New Role

The Board of Directors of Providence Community Library (PCL) has appointed Jeffrey Cannell, MLS, as its new Library Director. The announcement follows a rigorous selection process, which involved consultation of staff at all levels of the organization. Cannell, who was most recently Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education at New York State Education Department, will take up his post in mid-July.

Short Video by Rhode Island Filmmaker Shows How Libraries Transform Lives

Providence Patrons Describe What their Neighborhood Library Means to Them – in their Own Words

When Providence Community Library (PCL) set about the task of raising money to balance its books and buy badly needed new library materials, Program Development and Community Relations Coordinator Michelle Novello struck upon the idea of making a movie to support the campaign. Not long afterwards, she ran into documentary videographer David A. Goldenberg, who immediately offered to help.

Award Winning Ecuadorian Artist Poncho Franco Combines Art With Technology to Create STEAM Workshops For Children

All Part of “Día Turns 20” Celebrations at Providence Community Library

Multi-talented artist Ildefonso “Poncho” Franco will lead a series of mask making and animation workshops in April at Providence Community Library (PCL). The program is connected to El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), an annual celebration of books and literacy for children of diverse backgrounds that takes place at the end of April. Poncho’s visit has been made possible by a $2,000 “Building STEAM with Día” grant from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

Providence Community Library Challenges Bilingual Children to Create Completely Original, Illustrated Story Books

A Panel of Judges Will Select Winners, Who Will be Honored at a Celebration on April 30

Providence Community Library (PCL) invites children ages 6-12 to write and illustrate an original story in English and Spanish, turn it into a real book and then submit it as an entry into PCL’s annual bilingual story-writing contest.  The Library is offering free story-writing, illustration and book binding workshops, taught by professional artists, to inspire the young authors and artists.  The closing date for entries is April 15.

Providence Community Library Names Interim Library Director and Interim Chief Operating Officer

The Providence Community Library (PCL) has named Eileen Dyer, Head of Collection Management Services, as Interim Library Director, and Sue Gibbs, PCL Business Director, as Interim Chief Operating Officer. The Library’s prior Executive Director recently left to become head of the Omaha, Nebraska library system. The PCL Board of Directors and Administration are engaged in a review of the library’s structure and organization, at the same time that the Board begins a search for a permanent Director.

Providence Community Library Rocks Olneyville With Free Live Summer Music Series

Performances on 3rd Thursday of Every Month Starting July 16

Providence Community Library is proud to offer a free midweek music series at its Olneyville location. The concerts, featuring talented local performers, will run through the Fall. What's more, gourmet food trucks offering great casual dining will be parked close to the library. It’s just the thing for a fine summer evening – come along and enjoy the season!

Details of the first two concerts are as follows:

Rochambeau Library hosts Oct. 5 event for local author-baker-professor Richard Miscovich

For Immediate Release:

Providence Community Library is hosting an event for local author, professor, and baker Richard Miscovich at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 5 at the Rochambeau Library. We are celebrating the release of Miscovich’s new book,From the Wood-Fired Oven: New and Traditional Techniques for Cooking and Baking with Fire, published October 2013 by Chelsea Green Publishing.

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