I'm Sorry, It Must Be Something I Read
Washington Park Library has a pretty simple, yet innovative, reading program for kids - read five books and you get to make a dinosaur fart. In the program's very first week a lot of kids took advantage of a very loud and stinky prehistoric situation and made the dinosaur fart over twenty times. That's over a hundred books that may not have have been read or checked out without prehistoric help. For a smallish library (with a gigantic heart) that's a lot of books!
It's been great to see the varying reactions. The first two kids who were told about this incentive immediately ran over and grabbed ten books. They took a lot of pride in being the first two kids to make the dinosaur fart. Later on in the week, Washington Park Library Manager Dylan LittIe spotted an older woman in the library who looked slightly horrified by the library's new and unfamiliar sound of reading.
Once he explained the tenets of flatulent literacy she was pretty cool with it. Most people start cracking up when they hear about this program but there was one patron who just couldn't connect with the program. She was four years old and after the dinosaur farted she stated that it wasn't funny or acceptable. Can't win 'em all!
|New Libraries in Old Buildings|
How do you provide 21st-century library services in buildings that were erected long ago - in the (very) pre-internet age? PCL Executive Director Laura Marlane will be on a panel discussing this very issue at the 28th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference. Hear how Rhode Island's newest (and largest) public library system is caring for its nine neighborhood libraries - that's us! You can also learn about a recent project in Saunderstown that restored and expanded a beloved community institution. And you will hear about a Westerly library that continues to evolve while maintaining its historic character.
Joining Laura on the panel are Brian Jones, reporter, Rhode Island Library Report; Clifford Renshaw, Principal, Clifford M. Renshaw Architects; and Kathryn Taylor, Memorial and Library Association of Westerly.
The Preservation Conference will take place Saturday, April 27 in West Warwick. For more information, refer to the conference program.
|Book and Record Sale|
The Friends of Knight Memorial Library will be holding a special Book and Record (LPs) Sale on Saturday, May 4 from 12 noon to 4pm. The Friends hold a regular monthly sale of gently used books but this month's sale will include hundreds of used Classical LPs - opera, chamber music, orchestral and piano; single LPs and boxed sets.
These LPs are not from a library collection. They are donated to this sale from a private collection. This selection is very strong on early classical such as Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, but you will also find several remarkable rarities. The LPs have been sorted and priced by John Marks, Senior Contributing Editor and Columnist, Stereophile Magazine.
Knight Memorial Library Community Room
275 Elmwood Avenue
Saturday, May 4
12 noon to 4pm
For more information on the record sale, watch these videos:
| Used Classical LP sale to benefit Knight Memorial Library, Providence RI. Pt. 1|| Used Classical LP sale to benefit Knight Memorial Library, Pt. 2|
Used Classical LP sale to benefit Knight Memorial Library, Pt. 1
Used Classical LP sale to benefit Knight Memorial Library, Pt. 2
|Friends of Mt Pleasant Library Book Fair & Bazaar|
The Friends of Mt Pleasant Library are hosting their 32nd Annual Book Fair & Bazaar this Saturday. Stock up on adult and children's books and visit the Flea Market for a Bake Sale and Jewelry Sale! The Food Table, always busy, will offer pizza and sandwiches, as well as coffee, cocoa, and soft drinks. While you're there, be sure to take a chance on various raffles.
In addition, your children can participate in craft-making workshops throughout the event and also attend a performance by Ron Bianco, who is bound to please all ages. Ron is a seasoned entertainer, singer and guitarist, and includes the audience during his performance. Children are invited to play some of the many percussion instruments provided. A great time is promised for all! Ron's performance is from 12:30-1:30pm.
Mt Pleasant Library
315 Academy Ave
Saturday, April 27
10 am to 2:30pm
All proceeds support materials and programs at Mt Pleasant Library.
A Few Easy Ways to Support PCL
Help us fill our shelves by buying a book from one of our wishlists to donate to your neighborhood library!
While the City and State provide approximately 85% of PCL's budget, we rely on friends like you for much of the remainder. Click here
to learn how to make a tax-deductible contribution.
Providence Community Library wants to grow our DVD collection and you can help! Please donate any gently used DVDs that are lying around the house. Just drop them off at any of our nine neighborhood libraries.
Eastside Market Friendship Fund
Bring any Eastside Market receipts to your PCL library & 1% of the total receipt will be donated to us.
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Join a Friends Group
All nine of PCL's neighborhood libraries have Friends groups. These organizations provide a direct link between the library and the community. Friends Groups serve as advocates to promote and protect neighborhood libraries; they support local libraries by raising money for books, supplies and programs; and they help govern Providence Community Library by participating in the selection of neighborhood representatives to serve on the PCL Board of Directors, tow of whose officers now come from Friends groups.
If you use a neighborhood library, consider becoming a Friend. The contact person for each Friends group can be found here.
Help Preserve an Architectural Treasure and Our Community's Access to Knowledge
PCL is currently repairing Knight Memorial Library's roof and will be rebuilding the library's majestic front staircase this summer. To help defray the cost of these and other repairs to this majestic and historic building, the Friends of Knight Memorial Library are excited to be hosting Step Up for Knight, a fundraiser featuring:
- Tours of the Library
- Presentation by RI Poet Laureate Rick Benjamin
- Special Sponsor-A-Step Auction!
- plus Live Auction w/Miss Kitty Litter featuring art by Boris Bally, Ron Ehrlich, Mark Freedman, Michael Rich and
and, of course, food, drink, and great conversation!
$50 for 1 ticket
$75 for 2 tickets (save $25 for every two tickets purchased!)
You can also purchase tickets at the door or send names of guests with a check to:
Providence Community Library
P.O. Box 9267
Providence, RI 02940
Michael and Roberta Aaronson, Jim and Victoria Barnes, Christina Bevilacqua, Paul Campbell, Julian Dash, Deborah Del Gais, Paula Donovan, Elizabeth Duffy, Elaine Fain, Casby Harrison, Peter Karczmar, MD and Cathy Lund, DVM, Sister Ann Keefe, Davey Lopes, Margaret O'Donnell, Joe and Lauren Schectman, Debbie Schimberg, Clark Schoettle and Chris Raether, Walter Stone, Julie and Mark VanNoppen, Arlene Violet
All proceeds go toward repairs to Knight Memorial Library.
|Knight Memorial Library|
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