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Prov Athenaeum Opens Visitors’ Center

I suspect that the Edgar Allan Poe postcard will be popular; I grabbed two immediately. The new visitors’ center on the main floor of the Providence Athenaeum opened quietly last month in what had previously been the director’s office. In addition to used books, the center sells totes, mugs, a Lego model of the library, …

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PCL Helping With Vaccination Registration

The Providence Community Library (PCL) is stepping up big time. Imagine navigating the vaccination registration system without a computer, or computer competency. If this describes someone you know, here is how and when they can call a library and get started: Residents who are eligible for shots but need extra assistance to navigate the online …

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‘Take’ A Seat And Support The Prov Public Library

I can’t wait to get inside this building. Seen here is the Providence Public Library’s 1953 auditorium, completely renovated with an Art Deco look and fully ADA compliant. New features in the 255-seat space include a lift to the stage and state-of-the-art sound and lighting. (The sound system got a test drive this summer with …

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PPL Creative Fellowship — Apply Now

The Providence Public Library is now accepting proposals for their 2021 Creative Fellowship. They are looking for an artist to create new, original work in the field of two-dimensional artwork or illustration related to the topic of Tomboys, as part of the Library’s 2021 exhibition and program series. Creative Fellows perform in-depth research in our …

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Community Libraries Now Open

The Providence Community Library (PCL) will be reopening its nine neighborhood locations this Wednesday, operating on the summer schedule until September 4, with slightly reduced hours and mid-day closings which allow for extra cleaning of surfaces and safe quarantining of returned items. Patrons may make brief visits, browse and borrow materials and pick up reserved …

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Virtual Speaker Series — Athenaeum Wednesdays

The Providence Athenaeum presents Ex Libris, a series of programs featuring authors and scholars, early evening on Wednesdays. This week, cultural historian and literary scholar Tatiana Holway will be discussing the Amazon River’s largest waterlily, Victoria regia. In the pantheon of Victorian flora, one plant is by any measure a standout. With flat, round, leaves …

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Sneak Peek At PPL Renovations

The Providence Public Library downtown is currently undergoing a $25 million renovation. The grand reopening had been scheduled for the end of March but a pandemic intervened and the state had to be put into an induced coma. Happily we can have a sneak peek courtesy of ProJo reporter Madeleine List, with the talented Sandor …

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Hey John Oliver — Pay Your Fines!

Imagine waking up one morning to discover that you had appeared on one of your favorite comedy shows. Meet Alan Gunther, library manager of the Smith Hill Library and star of the most recent installment of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. [Watch the 17-minute segment now or the hamster thing won’t make any …

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PCL Adds Free Film Streaming Service

Patrons of the Providence Community Library (PCL) will now have access to more than 30,000 films through the on-demand film streaming service Kanopy. And it’s free. The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free through all nine locations of Providence Community Library (PCL). Library card holders can access films instantly by …

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Poe Exhibit Opens With Athenaeum Fundy

A lock of Poe’s hair, a spiritualist photobooth, an immersive performance of The Raven — join the fun Thursday evening (not midnight) when a major Poe exhibition opens at the Providence Athenaeum with a fundraising event. “A Midnight Dreary” (Sold Out) is open to members and non-members alike. (Become a member and save money on …

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AS220 Archives Launch Event At PPL

Celebrate the opening of the AS220 Archives in the Grand Hall of the Providence Public Library this Wednesday. The festivities will include music, performance, an art installation, and a view of some of the treasures included in the Archives. (Enter on Washington Street side.) Following a several-month archival project, our Special Collections Department has officially …

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PPL Online Auction — Public Inspection

(8.30) Who doesn’t love old card catalogs? Now you can bring the Dewey Decimal System, and a piece of Providence Public Library history, right into your own home. In preparation for building renovations scheduled to begin next month, the PPL will be holding an auction of more than 300 lots of items, including furnishings, tables, …

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Legal Literacy Program In Olneyville

[Additional Note: The schedule has been expanded. See below.] The Providence Community Library (PCL) and Libraries Without Borders will partner to provide direct weekly services to Olneyville residents as they use the local laundromat, explore the flea market, and return home to the Manton Heights housing development. The Legal Literacy Initiative strives to bring library …

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