I am both  thrilled and honored to be the new Director of Providence Community Library. I love our vibrant city and look forward to working with our dedicated, energetic, caring staff to continue to serve our residents with relevant, high-quality programs and materials. I have truly grown up professionally at Providence Public and now Providence Community Library, starting as the LARK (Learning & Reading Kit) Coordinator at PPL in June of 1996! I hope every reader of our newsletter finds a reason to visit the library and experience all we have to offer - - as soon as possible! 

Meet PCL's New Director! 
PCL has a new Director!
Cheryl Space took over the reins on June 24, just one day after Jeff Cannell retired in spectacular fashion, rappelling 150 feet down the Regency Plaza at PCL's Over the Edge fundraiser. 

Cheryl is a well-known and respected face in the library and education community and you can be assured that PCL is in safe hands. Prior to her promotion, Cheryl had served as Assistant Library Director since October 2017 and as Youth Services Coordinator since 2014. Read the press release about Cheryl's appointment  here.

PCL Goes Fine-Free on Kids' Materials

PCL launched this year's summer reading program with some great news - the Library eliminated overdue fines on all materials in its children's and young adult collections on June 25. About $37,000 in existing fines on juvenile cards were waived on the same day, 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. 

The Mobile Library's Off to a Great Start!

PCL is in the third year of "Summer Reading in the Schoolyard." The Mobile Library project is funded by the United Way and takes summer reading and other learning activities out on the road to ten public elementary schools around Providence. It looks like 2018 will be the most successful year for the Big Red Bus; last week, Mobile Library staff provided services to 523 students around Providence during its five-day schedule - a record-breaking number! 

A Look Back at Over the Edge (slideshow)

We had a great day at Regency Plaza!

Thirty-two rappellers went Over the Edge on June 23 and, thanks to those brave Edgers and our generous sponsors, $52,000 was raised for PCL.

Legal Literacy Initiative Comes to Olneyville

PCL and Libraries Without Borders will partner to provide direct, weekly  services to Olneyville residents as they use the local laundromat, amble in 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 such as immigration and housing law.

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Changes to Saturday Hours on South Side

From August 4, South Providence Library will no longer open on Saturdays. However, Knight Memorial Library will offer Saturday hours, beginning September 8. 

Launch of New Teen Space at Mount Pleasant
Councilwoman Jo Anne Ryan officially opened the new Teen/Community Room at Mount Pleasant Community Library on July 2 to the public in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Senator Paul Jabor and Council President David A Salvatore were also in attendance, as were the Mount Pleasant library staff and Friends group, former children's librarian Emily LeMay, plus library users and community members attending the Councilwoman's regular monthly community meeting.  

Library Friend Receives RISCA Grant for Hip Hop Programming

The Street PHD Program , an afterschool hip hop arts program started in Spring 2018, has been awarded a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) grant to continue in the Fall. Created by Gregory Waksmulski, a Friend of the Rochambeau Library, the Street PHD Program  focuses on poetry, music, and performance, connecting professional artists from the area with high school aged public school students.

Develop Your Inner Philosopher at Socrates Cafe
Socrates Cafe
Third Thursdays of the Month, 6:00PM
Wanskuck Library

Socrates Café are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange philosophical perspectives based on their experiences, using the version of the Socratic Method developed by founder Christopher Phillips. You can now attend a Socrates Cafe at Wanskuck library, every third Thursday of the month.

More Great Programs - In Brief
Develop Your Retirement: Vision, Budget & Readiness
Thursday, July 19 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Rochambeau Library

Public Forum to Identify the Concerns of People with Disabilities and Their Families
Friday, July 27 2:30PM - 5:30PM
Rochambeau Library