BY Matthew Lawrence
The Providence Community Library is Rhode Island’s largest (and youngest) public library system. Founded in 2009, this community-run system serves some of Providence’s poorest neighborhoods with a whole range of services: English, literacy and computer classes for adults; nationally recognized comic book classes for teenagers; early learning classes for toddlers, and a lot more.
Running nine libraries costs money, though, and with the city and the state both strapped for resources we have to look to those who might be able to spare a little money to support this very worthy cause. That’s why I’m helping to organize The Great Checkout, a fundraiser taking place on Friday, March 22nd. Tickets for the event are $75-$125 (includes one raffle ticket) and if this is something you can afford you can expect a really fun evening with a lot of great people to support a really good cause. If you can’t afford a ticket you can still take part in the raffle, The Great Checkout, and take out a ‘Living Book’ including:
a one-on-one meeting with the Mayor; a tour behind the scenes at McCoy (includes box seat tix); tips on baking from Seven Stars master baker; a ride on the Providence Police Department Harbor Patrol Boat, or a visit to the Mounted Command stables; or a two-hour geneology session at the RIHS, and more!
Raffle tickets are $25 each or 3 for $50 (complete list/to purchase here). The event will be held at the Rochambeau branch, Friday, March 22nd, 7pm to 10pm. (Please do not leave your Living Book in the book drop.)