Today was long and my brain is currently jiggling like a bowlful of jelly and/or Santa’s belly, so forgive me if I’m not my usual witty self and I just copy and paste the press release I wrote about what’s happening at the nine neighborhood libraries tomorrow (tomorrow being Wednesday.) David already mentioned it, but a couple of details have been added since then. You won’t have to pay fines on overdue books from the neighborhood libraries, you can buy fancy commemorative t-shirts, and depending on where you live you can sing, hear music, garden, or watch movies about bigfoot.
With a leasing agreement freshly signed between the city and the Providence Public Library (PPL), the Providence Community Library (PCL) is ready to take over the nine buildings formerly managed by the PPL. Tomorrow, July 1, from the Southside to the North End, each library will be holding a celebration to mark this uniquely historic transition.
Ribbons will be cut and commemorative t-shirts will be sold. Fines on overdue books from the PCL system will be waived. Books will ceremonially be relayed around the city from library to library. Additionally, each branch will be holding its own celebration. Here is a complete list of activities by community:
Fox Point: Food, live music by Annikki Dawn and Orion Rigel Dommisse, crafts for kids, and storytelling. 5-7pm.
Knight Memorial: Potluck. 6pm.
Mount Pleasant: Refreshments and kids’ crafts. 4-6pm.
Rochambeau: Musicians, origami, and storyteller Mark Binder. 3-5:30pm.
Olneyville: Karaoke and refreshments. 5-7:30
Smith Hill: A cookout in the back garden, with kids’ activities inside. 4-7pm.
South Providence: Cookout in front of the library. Raffles and a
commemorative poster to sign. 3-6pm.
Wanskuck: A ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by flower-planting and
Washington Park: A Bigfoot film festival, including a debate and snacks. 2pm.
A list of each library’s hours on that day is available at
providencecommunitylibrary.org, as is the relay schedule. The race will begin at 2:30 at Knight Memorial on Elmwood Ave, then travel counter-clockwise around the city by foot, car, and horse until it arrives back at Knight for 7pm.