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Upcoming Mayoral Candidate Forums at the Providence Community Libraries

Providence Community Library Friends Groups To Host Three Mayoral Forums

Knight Memorial, Rochambeau and Wanskuck Branches Provide Q&A Sessions with Candidates

pcl-mayoral-forumsPROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Providence Community Library (PCL) will host “Meet the Candidates” forums where candidates for Mayor of Providence will respond to questions about neighborhood issues. Planned for April, May, and June, people will have an opportunity to question all candidates at the sessions and tell them what they think about schools, libraries, safety, jobs and many other issues of concern to their communities.

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Providence Community Library “Great Checkout” Fundraiser

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Friday, March 22, 2013 • 7PM to 10PM
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence

What’s happening
delicious hors d’oeuvres, refreshing cocktails, fine conversation, and a raffle of “living books”

Ticket prices: $125 Patron • $75 Reader
Each ticket includes one entry in the Living Book Raffle.

Yes, you can check out a “living book” at PCL!
Modeled on the newest concept in library services — borrowing people with your library card — the raffle at The Great Checkout will allow library supporters to “check out” real life experiences with well-known Rhode Island entertainers, scientists, elected officials, historians, artists, and other fascinating people. It’s an easy and fun way to learn — with a Living Book!

Buy tickets or enter the raffle.

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Providence Community Libraries to close September 10-15 to address budget shortfall

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Providence Community Library System to Close September 10 Through 15 Due to Cut in City Funding

Sacrifice by PCL Staff Minimizes Extenet of Closures

The Providence Community Library system will close Monday, September 10 through Saturday, September 15 due to a cut of $205,000 in funding from the City of Providence. Regular library operations will resume Monday, September 17.

To address the bulk of this devastating cut in City funding, the employees of Providence Community Library (90% of whom are members of United Service and Allied Workers of RI) have agreed to forego the 401(k) contribution made by the Library during the current fiscal year. PCL and its employees hope that this great financial sacrifice by all of PCL’s employees, together with the closing of the libraries for one week, will be sufficient to address this budget shortfall.

PCL’s employees have agreed to forego this year’s contributions to their only pension plan in the hope that this sacrifice will allow PCL to continue providing full library services at all nine of its libraries and with the expectation that the City of Providence will show its support for continuing library services in the City’s neighborhoods by committing to increased funding for the libraries from this point forward.

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City announces agreement to maintain Providence Community Libraries

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Announcement at Smith Hill Library. Photo from Mayor Taveras’ Facebook page.

At a press conference this morning on Smith Hill, the Taveras Administration announced an agreement which will allow the Providence Community Library (PCL) to gain control of their branch library buildings and initiate much needed renovations of the buildings. The announcement ends a dispute between the PCL, the Providence Public Library (PPL), which maintains the main library on Empire Street, and the City of Providence.

The dispute had left employees at PCL uncertain about their future, community members uncertain about the continued operation of thier neighborhood libraries, and PCL unable to acquire loans or grants to fix and maintain their buidlings.

Taveras Administration Reaches Agreement to Save Libraries
City will lease neighborhood branches for 20 years under mediated settlement

PROVIDENCE, RI – The administration of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has reached an agreement with the two independent organizations that operate the libraries that serve city residents that will preserve city branches and protect every neighborhood library in the city.

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.

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News & Notes: Things in the ProJo you should read Edition

The Journal had a few good articles this weekend that we all should be reading:

Editorial: Stop Route 195 commission

The overriding state interest in the land is its federally mandated sale at fair-market value. A commission is not required for that. Indeed, a commission may retard both the land’s sale and its development.

Instead, the land should be sold to be developed under existing municipal authority. Let market forces guide its progress. That would be much more efficient than seven commissioners and their train of agencies, lawyers, consultants and other hangers-on. In fact, as of now the bill looks as if it is intended to create the next secure feed bag for the well-connected.


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Council Leadership demands Providence Public Libraries convey buildings

Back in the summer of ’09, when the Providence Community Library took over operations of the branch libraries in the Providence library system (i.e. all except for the downtown main branch), the Providence Public Library was supposed to convey control of the branches to the new group. That never happened and has been a headache for the PCL ever since.

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Providence Community Library 1st Birthday (July 1st)

Providence Community Library CELEBRATES 1ST BIRTHDAY ON JULY 1st !

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 to a collection agency 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! Each library will be having various events and entertainment.

Details: provcomlib.org

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