(6.13) Book lovers should head downtown this Tuesday for the Providence Public Library Book Sale and snag some excellent secondhand reads. This is just one of the activities planned to celebrate their PPL Give Day, from infant storytime to karaoke to the all-ages open studio. At 5pm check out the Adult Open Studio and learn […]
[Update: Last day, Sunday, January 29th, noon to 5pm] Last month it was announced that the Cellar Stories Bookstore would be closing at the end of January. And here we are. The shelves have probably been thinned out since this photo was taken a few weeks ago. While the store’s loyal customers may feel awkward
(9.17) Books on the Square will be holding their 30th Anniversary Party this Saturday with raffles, giveaways, games, cookies, and cupcakes. Store personnel have made plans for keeping things lively. “The independent bookstore for independent minds” is celebrating 30 years in business. Adult Trivia: Starting at noon, at the top of each hour, Stephen will
[Update: No more books needed! They reached their book drive goal in two days.] It’s time for spring cleaning, with or without the spring weather. Maybe those stacks next to the bed are getting dusty. Or maybe you already got to sorting and culling during the quarantine, but the boxes had nowhere to go. Good
Are books essential goods? Absolutely. And not only is my neighborhood bookstore, Books on the Square, still open for business, they are offering a drive-through service out the back door, as well as a local delivery service. The Providence Journal checked in on Twenty Stories, Paper Nautilus, and Books on the Square where . .
(1.10) “Where’s Papa going with that ax?” Style maven E.B. White sure knew how to grab your attention. (You thought it was Poe?) Here’s the impact a great book can have on a young, impressionable, mind: Since my first reading of Charlotte’s Web, I have never knowingly killed a spider. I still keep a bug
You were supposed to bring them back. Well here is your chance to wipe the slate clean during the annual “Food for Fines” week, April 8-15, at all Providence Community Library (PCL) branches. PCL patrons with overdue materials can return them to any PCL location and give non-perishable food items in place of fines. Big
(10.29) Now comes the much anticipated Big Fall Book Sale at the Rochambeau Library. Proceeds of the bi-annual book sales support events, programs and services for children and adults, subscriptions of papers and journals, purchase of media equipment, etc. at the library. Monday is preview/dealers night from 5pm to 8:30pm, $30/person. Tuesday is ‘Friends of
The Friends of Rochambeau are holding a mini book sale featuring near-mint books on art and architecture. Also on sale, “1000s of newly donated CDs.” This is a great idea. People looking for art books will appreciate not having to wade through all the other stuff — a big art sale is coming up at
(9.9) Hooray for Ada Books, the West End’s “stubborn purveyor of an outmoded technology.” Ada offers things of ink, things of ink on paper. Mostly books. Some comics. Things people call ‘zines and minis and whatsits. There are posters and prints and words on vinyl coming at you 33 1/3 revolutions per minute. Cards have
You have through the end of the month to check out Dear Diorama II — Not About the Buildings in collaboration with Providence Community Library — now on display on the third floor of Providence City Hall. See award winning dioramas based on Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief and Roald Dahl’s Danny, Champion of the
The Providence Community Library (PCL) is missing more than 9,000 overdue items from its shelves and really wants them back. That’s the message of Bring ‘Em Back! Week, an amnesty event that will run at all PCL locations during the February school vacation. Those 9,000 missing items translate into a staggering $146,000 worth of fines.
(5.23) Journalist Alexander Stille will talk about his memoir “The Force of Things: A Marriage in War and Peace.” Michiko Kakutani, writing in The New York Times review, describes how the couple in question meet whatever-the-opposite-of-cute is. Elizabeth and Misha, Alexander Stille’s mother and father, met in May 1948 at a party for Truman Capote.
What is the Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another
A small exhibit of lovely old books on magic, hocus pocus, and the art of legerdemain are now on display through March at the Rockefeller Library at Brown University. One book with the unwieldy title “Hocus Pocus: or, A Rich Cabinet of Legerdemain Curiosities, Natural and Artificial Conclusions” dates back to 1671. And wall text
Rhode Island’s junior senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, appeared on Monday night’s The Colbert Report to promote his new book “On Virtues” and, I suppose, the virtues themselves. His publisher must be happy. The full title of the book is “On Virtues: Quotations and Insight to Live a Full, Honorable, and Truly American Life.” Is it me