April 2020
Resources and Ideas
for Unusual Times
*Please do not return library materials until the building reopens!*
We're still working!

Library staff continues to work from home to bring you information, educational resources, reading materials, virtual programs, entertainment, and other resources. See the Online Services for Adults and Online Resources for Youth on our web site for an overview of PCL resources and links to other online information. And check out the PCL YouTube channel , Rochambeau Facebook page and PCL Facebook page for postings, links, recipes, programs and more!

You can also connect to virtual programs from libraries around the state at the RI Library Calendar.

If you have a question about your library card, fill out this form or  email  us at librarycard@provcomlib.org,  or call 401-467-2700 ext 1603 for help.

If you just need a PIN, you may be able to reset that  here . If you do not have a library card, fill out this  form .

Curbside Pickup

Hankering for some real, tangible, physical books? Holds and inter-library loans are not yet back, but Rochambeau Library is one of four Providence Community Library branches currently checking out physical books from our shelves.

Go to our website for more information about this new service. We will be checking out books on Tuesday and Friday between 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Call us at 401-272-3780 to see what we have available and place a hold for pickup.
Virtual Edible Book Festival
Monday, May 4th - Friday, May 15th

Make an edible creation related to books! Your creation can look like the book, be a pun on the title, or refer to a character. Take a photo of your Edible Book and submit it along with an entry form the week of May 4th. Photos will be posted on Facebook and you will have a chance to vote for your favorite starting May 11th. On Friday, May 15th at 4:00 pm, the entry with the most votes will be declared winner and receive a virtual gift card to a fabulous local business!

For rules and information on how to enter, please view the poster below or go to our Facebook page . You can also email Kelly  if you have any questions.
Reading Across RI Virtual Author Talk May 3
If you missed the April 2 Conversation with Elizabeth Rush, register for the upcoming film screening and conversation which will stream live at 2 pm on May 3 from URI. Rush, who teaches creative nonfiction at Brown, is the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore.

The book details how climate change is affecting American shorelines and presents firsthand accounts of the devastating changes already faced by some coastal dwellers, from Florida and the Louisiana bayou to the Gulf of Maine.
For Your Reading and Viewing Pleasure

All you can read for one low price- $0! Audiobooks and ebooks for every age group.

Borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows on your computer, tablet, phone or TV.

30,000 video! New- you now have access to  Kanopy Kids  and  Great Courses  unlimited streaming.

Questions about accessing any of these services? Other questions for a librarian?
Online American Sign Language & English Storytime

If you’re missing storytime with Ms. Sammi and Ms. Laken, join us every Wednesday at 3:30 pm.on YouTube Live!

We will share some ASL signs and read a picture book together- Ms. Laken signs the story in American Sign Language (ASL) while Ms. Sammi reads it aloud in English. Join us live to chime in and say hello, or watch the archived storytime videos on the PCL YouTube page anytime!

Interested in learning American Sign Language? The Rhode Island School for the Deaf has resources you can check out here and ASL Nook has lots of free, child-friendly video resources for families interested in learning ASL together.

30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month
at Home or Online

The Academy of American Poets offers ideas for to celebrate poetry at home. Sign up for Poem-a-Day, start your virtual meeting off with a poem, sit down with that poetry anthology on your bookshelf, carry a poem for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30. And, of course, write your own!
New Resources on AskRI.org

Rhode Island's Online Reference Center. O nline databases available free to all Rhode Island residents 24/7. Here are a few new resources to explore.

EBSCO eBooks is available through June with learning materials for students of all ages as well as pleasure reading.

Tumblebook Library, a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games.

Udemy is new database available with your library card plus a Google or Microsoft account. Choose from 4,000+ online video courses in the areas of business, tech, and personal development across more than 75 different categories.

Flipster gives you complete access to over 50 of the most popular current magazines! Browse by category, search for your favorite one, or find an article. When you open Flipster choose AskRI as your library and enter your zip code.
Virtual Writing Sprints with Kelly
Wednesdays at 7 pm on Google Meet
Got a piece of writing to work on - whether it's a story, a poem, a homework assignment, or even fan fiction? Join Kelly to get your writing done in a series of three 20-minute sprints with short breaks in between. For ages 12 and up. Email Kelly for your Google Meet invite.
Reading with Stef
The Book of Even More Awesome
Join Rochambeau librarian Stef for readings from "The Book of Even More Awesome" by Neil Pasricha on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 pm on PCL's YouTube channel.
The RI COVID-19 Archive has been launched by the Rhode Island Historical Society and Providence Public Library to document the pandemic in RI through personal responses to the crisis.

Share your stories, images and recordings about living in these unusual times. Contributors are encouraged to submit individual stories, memories and creative work. Items will be open to the public and preserved by the RIHS and PPL Special Collections.