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Prov Public Library ‘Special Collections’

This really is special: “How to do Good Tattooing” by Miss Cindy Ray, is just one of the gems to be found in the Providence Public Library’s Special Collections. (She numbered the tattoos on her body to keep track of their progress for her first book.) Head curator Jordan Goffin was kind enough to pull

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Free Seeds At Prov Public Library

I love that they call this a seed “catalog.” The Louise and Larry Moulton seed catalog at the Providence Public Library is stocked with unopened packets of seeds — vegetables, herbs, and flowers — courtesy of the URI Master Garden seed program and a Vermont concern, High Mowing Organic Seeds. This is just one of

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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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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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