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Finally A Resolution — City To Purchase Libraries

5PM ON 22/12/2011
BY Daily Dose

PPL The administration of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced today that it has reached an agreement with the two independent organizations that operate the libraries that serve city residents. This agreement will preserve city branches and all  neighborhood libraries. It’s complicated.

Under the agreement mediated by retired Superior Court Judge Mark Pfeiffer, the Providence Public Library (PPL), which operates the downtown library and owns seven of the city’s nine neighborhood library buildings, will transfer the seven buildings to the City as a 20 year lease-purchase, at the end of which the City will own the buildings outright.

The City will make an initial payment of $250,000 to PPL from funds held in escrow during the dispute over the future of the libraries. Additionally, the City will make 18 annual payments to PPL in the amount of $264,000, beginning in 2014. The total cost of acquiring the seven neighborhood libraries will be $5 million. The assessed value of the seven buildings is approximately $11 million.

Go here for the Mayor’s complete statement.

filed under: Film | libraries

The Third Man At Knight Library

11PM ON 14/11/2011
BY Daily Dose

detail of poster (11.17) Cue the zither. Providence Community Library will be offering a screening of The Third Man, the 1949 British film noir based on the novella by Graham Greene. Starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, this is one of Roger Ebert’s ‘Great Movies’.

“The Third Man” (1949) was made by men who knew the devastation of Europe at first hand. Carol Reed worked for the British Army’s wartime documentary unit, and the screenplay was by Graham Greene, who not only wrote about spies but occasionally acted as one. Reed fought with David O. Selznick, his American producer, over every detail of the movie; Selznick wanted to shoot on sets, use an upbeat score and cast Noel Coward as Harry Lime. His film would have been forgotten in a week. Reed defied convention by shooting entirely on location in Vienna, where mountains of rubble stood next to gaping bomb craters, and the ruins of empire supported a desperate black market economy. And he insisted on Karas’ zither music (“The Third Man Theme” was one of 1950’s biggest hits).

PCL manager Dave Dvorchak found this and other celluloid gems in a long-lost cache of 16mm films in the basement of the Charlestown Library. According to WNRI, “The collection was originally amassed by the defunct Rhode Island Library Film Cooperative which would loan the prints out to member libraries. They became obsolete with the advent of videotape. They’ve been stored in a basement for the past 20 to 25 years.” The evening begins with a screening of vintage movie trailers.

Free, 7:30pm, Thursday, November 17, Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

filed under: Music | libraries

Free Concert — Voces De Los Andes At Knight Library

4PM ON 31/08/2011
BY provcomlib

Providence Community Library is excited to be hosting a night with Voces de Los Andres for our final, free outdoor concert of the year this Friday, September 2nd.

Voces de los Andes celebrates the rich musical tradition of Bolivia and the Andean region of South America. This ensemble of musicians is led by Bolivian master “charango” player and singer Silvio Cuellar.

Andean music features the haunting and evocative sound of the panpipes. The “charango” is a melodious stringed instrument similar to a guitar, but smaller.This group performs both instrumental and vocal numbers. Voces de los Andes is a family ensemble including the voices of both children and adults .

6:30pm, Friday, September 2, Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

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Rally Thursday For Transfer Of Neighborhood Library Buildings

12PM ON 11/05/2011
BY Daily Dose

PPL A message from the Providence Community Library Friends Groups to the Providence Public Library, “Turn the people’s buildings over to the city now!”

The Providence Community Library (PCL) Friends Groups will rally to call the public’s attention to the Providence Public Library’s blatant refusal to transfer the nine neighborhood library branches over to the City of Providence — despite the Providence Public Library’s pledge to do so two years ago when PCL stepped in to rescue those libraries from closure.

The City’s two-year lease with Providence Public Library expires on July 1. The City has sued Providence Public Library over its failure to properly maintain the buildings and to negotiate the transfer of the buildings in “good faith.”

Without Providence Public Library agreeing to finally transfer the buildings as promised, PCL can’t secure the grants necessary to support much-needed repairs to the branches — and the future of the community libraries may be in jeopardy. Rally in front of PPL tomorrow (Thursday) at 5pm to support PCL and demand that PPL turn the buildings over to the people!

5pm, Thursday, May 12, Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street

filed under: East Side | libraries

“I Would Prefer Not To”

9AM ON 18/04/2011
BY H.L. Parker

scrivener Who hasn’t thought that. Not About the Buildings and the Providence Athenaeum present The Scrivener-In, a marathon reading of Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street and Poe’s The Raven, with discussion. Hear Poe read where Poe once walked.

Poe’s poem The Raven, published in 1845, made him famous and inspired praise, parody, and a craze for the phrase “Nevermore.” Melville’s story Bartleby the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street, published eight years later, also featured a narrator whose existence is interrupted by the arrival of a mysteriously implacable agent who replies to any inquiries or pleas for explanation with a single, unhelpful answer, in Bartleby’s case, “I would prefer not to.” Melville and Poe traveled on the edges of the same writerly circles, Melville was known to have read Poe, and no alert person of the era could have escaped the phrase “Nevermore.” Is Bartleby an homage to The Raven? A parody? A coincidental echo? We’ll read aloud these two singular, nearly contemporary works, consider their similarities and differences, and ponder the question of influence. This event is part 4 of the Athenaeum’s “Hark! The White Whale!” series.

Free and open to the public, Thursday, April 21, refreshments and sign-up-to-read at 5pm, reading starts at 5:30pm, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, 421.6970

filed under: Writing | libraries

Micro-Memoir Workshop At Athenaeum

12PM ON 30/03/2011
BY Daily Dose

micro-memoirFrom the fabulous Christina Bevilaqua,

Join us to write and read aloud extremely short (200-word) personal memoirs based on a question to be posed by our workshop facilitator, the noted short-short prose pioneer Karen Donovan, as the session begins. Participants will experience both the rigors and elation of writing short-short prose, and the reading aloud segment will be buoyed by the energy of surprise and speed. The more diverse the writing is, the more exciting the readings will be, so bring your parents, your children, and your friends, old and young. Workshop made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Free and open to the public!

Sponsor: Vintage Pens. Co-presented with Not About the Buildings. Refreshments from 5pm to 5:30pm.

Free, 5pm to 8pm, Thursday, March 31, Open to the public, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street

filed under: Music | libraries

Awesome Community Library Fundraiser At AS220

12AM ON 22/01/2011
BY Dave Segal

filed under: Readings & Lectures | libraries

Children’s Reading Event

5PM ON 30/12/2010
BY Tim Blankenship

Providence Public Library
1st Floor – The Children’s Room
150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903

Thursday, December 30, 2010
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In celebration of the generous donation from Fidelity Investments, WaterFire welcomes Steve Kidd, Education Director & Resident Actor of the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, to engage the audience with his reading of The WaterFire Duck.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to join in on the fun. Books will be available for purchase at the event and personalization by author, Kiki Latimer, illustrator, Bunny Griffeth and WaterFire Creator, Barnaby Evans. more »

filed under: Literature | libraries

Walker Mettling Presents 100 Very Short Stories — Wednesday

10AM ON 07/12/2010
BY provcomlib

On Wednesday, December 8th, Providence Community Library and Walker Mettling present “100 Very Short Stories” at the Knight Memorial Library.

Ten writers will be reading 100 very, very SHORT stories which will also be illustrated live by Jean Cozzens!

The readers are: Kevin Delaney, Joanna Howard, Jenny Nichols, Louis Haling, Bobby Casey, Jenine Bressner, Jack Wilmarth, Shane Farrell, Bridgette Larmena & Nik Perry.

There is a small (short?) suggested donation of $4 at the door, all proceeds will go directly to funding the purchase of supplies for Providence Community Library’s “Comics Consortium” children’s program.

6pm, Wednesday, December 8, Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

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Tesco Vee Of ‘Touch & Go’ At Knight Memorial Library Saturday

1PM ON 11/11/2010
BY provcomlib

Tesco Vee: the man, the myth, the legend behind the utterly classic Touch and Go fanzine (and thus, Touch and Go, the record label) will be appearing at Knight Memorial Library Saturday at 1pm.

In support of the recently published complete anthology of Touch and Go zine, Tesco will be reading, discussing, presenting a slide show history, signing copies and hanging out with us for a bit. Guaranteed to be a great time!

1pm, Saturday, November 13th, Knight Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

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From the People Who Made You Hate the Library…

9AM ON 22/10/2010
BY Dave Segal

…And that’s not an easy thing to do.

The petulant patricians who drove the Providence Public Library into the ground had harsh words for David Cicilline this week.  (I like to think the PPL honchos have had similar words for me in private over the years.)  After decades of funding the miserably mismanaged, privately owned, “Public” Library, the City got fed up, and shifted its funds to the wonderful and communitarian Providence Community Library.  But the debate about what to do with the buildings bleeds on.

Calling Mayor David N. Cicilline a “petulant child,” the Providence Public Library on Monday said a recently filed city lawsuit attempting to resolve needed repair work at the city’s library buildings was “baseless” and “harassing.”

The library, which operated the city’s nine branch libraries until last year, accuses the city and the new operator of its branch system, the Providence Community Library, of mounting a campaign to damage the PPL and “plunder its assets.”

The statements were in response to a city lawsuit filed last week in Superior Court in Providence.

The suit argues that the Providence Public Library is in breach of contract for failing to make required repairs to the library buildings, seven of which it still owns and leases to the city for a $1 a year.

Coucilman Luis Aponte takes them to task over here.

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This Time It’s About The Buildings, Actually

11AM ON 13/10/2010
BY Matthew Lawrence

Back in July 2009, the Providence Public Library (PPL) agreed to hand over nine neighborhood libraries to the Providence Community Library (PCL), and the transition thusfar has been very successful.  There’s just one problem: the PPL still owns seven of the nine library buildings.
The PPL won’t do any structural repairs on the buildings, and the PCL can’t apply for grants to do repairs because they’re not actually the landlords.  (Several of the libraries are on the National Historic Register, so government grants are available.)
The Smith Hill and Knight Memorial Libraries were seemingly closed more than they were open this summer because they don’t have air conditioning.  The Olneyville Library’s got water in the basement and an air quality problem.  And Smith Hill and Wanskuck have leaky roofs.

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Providence Community Library’s 1st Birthday And Fine Amnesty Day

11AM ON 29/06/2010
BY provcomlib

Has it already been a year?

It may be hard to remember, but one year ago the fate of Providence’s neighborhood libraries was uncertain. Providence Community Library was planning to take over management of the nine libraries and keep them all open for the benefit of all the people of Providence, but there remained a number of critical open issues that had to be addressed. Luckily for all, and thanks to the hard work of many, those issues were successfully addressed and our nine neighborhood libraries all opened their doors on July 1, 2009.

To celebrate that anniversary, Thursday, July 1st will be a Fine Amnesty Day for overdue materials. Patrons can return overdue materials at any of PCL’s nine neighborhood locations throughout Providence and our Library Police will waive your late fees! This applies to materials that have not yet gone into collections and are brought in-person to the circulation desk.

In addition to waiving fines all day long, PCL and our nine Friends groups will be having a birthday cake cutting at each of our locations at 4:30pm, as well as other forms of entertainment! Click here for a complete listing of celebrations by location! COME ON OUT!

filed under: Get Out of the House | libraries

Micro-Memoir! Part II

8AM ON 07/05/2010
BY Matthew Lawrence

Ever dreamed of churning out your life story but never had the time?

Your problems will be solved tonight at the Providence Athenaeum, where a roomful of people will get thirty minutes to write their story in 200 words or less.  Everybody can, if they want to, read their story out loud afterwards and, if you want, your stories will be archived at the Athenaeum and on the Not About The Buildings website.  Micro-Memoir!’s co-presented by the Athenaeum and Not About The Buildings; the first one we did in March was actually amazingly fun, though I suppose I am sort of biased about these things.

It’s all ages; at the last one we had high school kids and senior citizens and people from every decade in-between.  The action starts at 5:30, but the space opens at 5 for wine and snacks.  And, of course, since it’s a library you can show up even earlier than that.

Providence Athenaeum
251 Benefit Street
Friday, 5:30pm

filed under: Neighborhoods | libraries

Washington Park Turns 1 (Sorta) Thursday

10AM ON 05/05/2010
BY Matthew Lawrence

After a few years in disrepair/bureaucratic limbo, the Washington Park Library re-opened in historic Firehouse No. 11 on May 6, 2009, less than two months before its ownership transitioned from the anxious-to-close Providence Public Library to the anxious-to-stay open Providence Community Library.  To celebrate one year of (renewed) existence, there’s a celebration tomorrow from 6-8pm at the library, which is located at 1316 Broad Street, in the relative vicinity of the entrance to Roger Williams Park.  It’s sponsored by the still-looking-for-members Friends of the Washington Park Library, and rumor has it that there will be an endless supply of fancy cupcakes.

Thursday, 6pm to 8pm, 1316 Broad Street

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Tomorrow (Friday): A Night At Knight

9PM ON 25/03/2010
BY Dave Segal

Night at Knight

The Providence Community Library — among the city’s most worthy causes — is holding a fundraising gala and auction.

A Night at Knight

You are invited…
to a gala celebration of books and art in Providence to celebrate the creation of Providence Community Library and to benefit its nine neighborhood libraries

When and where…
{ Friday, March 26, 2010 } { 7:00 to 10:00pm }
{ Knight Memorial Library } { 275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence }

delicious hors d’oeuvres & cocktails; intriguing auction with storyteller Valerie Tutson; intimate tours of the building; valet parking

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