PVD Adult Makers Night at the Washington Park Library

Makerspace isn’t just for kids, any age can make with us! Adults can join us after our PVD young makers program for their very own makerspace evening. Join us every other Thursday night from 6 to 8pm at the Washington Park Library and have access to our sewing machines, 3D printer, coding robots, and vinyl cutter & heat press to make designs on fabrics. If you wish to design a logo on a T-shirt, clothing, fabric, etc. please bring the T-shirt/fabric with you.

For more information, contact Amy Rosa at 401-781-3136 or email arosa@provcomlib.org

Providence Talks Playgroup at the Washington Park Library

Join us for a free playgroup focused on language development and school readiness every Wednesday morning at 11am at the Washington Park Library. Providence Talks Groups are designed for parents and their children ages 1 to 3.5 years old. The group of eight weeks includes fun activities, story time, playtime, music, activities and free books.

For more information, and to sign up for this playgroup call Patricia Castillo at 401-660-5589.

Animation Creation Studio

Bring your characters and their stories to life through animation! Join us at the Washington Park Library on Tuesday February 19 at 2pm for this short workshop presented by the Providence Children’s Film Festival. This workshop gives kids an opportunity to create and learn about animation using storyboards to plan it and easy stop motion techniques to film it! Presented in partnership with Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA).

Ages 8 plus or Under 8 accompanied by an adult.

The Washington Park Library drop-in workshop is admission-free. Register by contacting Amy Rosa at 781-3136 or email arosa@provcomlib.org(link sends e-mail

21st Annual FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling

Join us on Thursday January 31st at 4:30pm at the Washington Park Library as the Rhode Island Black Storytellers share their stories with us and promote awareness, appreciation, and application of Black Storytelling in Rhode Island through performance, educational, and cultural experiences. Learn all about the richness of Black history and African culture worldwide. Don’t miss out on this wonderful event!

A CELEBRATION OF BLACK STORYTELLING FUNDA MEANS “TO TEACH AND LEARN” IN ZULU AND KISWAHILI FUNDA OFFERS THE BEST IN CULTURAL “EDU-TAINMENT”

For more information, please contact Amy Rosa at 781-3136 or email arosa@provcomlib.org.

Stop Motion Animation Workshops at the Washington Park Library

Over the course of 5 weeks starting on Tuesday January 15 at 3:30pm, learn a variety of stop motion animation techniques used to create illusion with RIMOSA! The RIMOSA Animation Station is a one stop shop for creating animations.  Using an iPad, and an app named “stop motion,” users can take a series of still images that are strung together to create animated movies.  The iPad is attached to an arm that allows you to shoot downward and use the exhibit’s table as a backdrop, or to shoot horizontally for a more three dimensional look — all while seeing your creation come to life on a large overhead monitor.

Participants will experiment with object animation, cut paper animation, claymation, & pixilation. They will create characters and storyboards while working to create their own Stop Motion Animation Films.

For school-age kids and teens. Class space limited – please sign up by contacting Amy Rosa, Library Manager, at (401) 781-3136 or email arosa@provcomlib.org.

Health Care Revolt w/ Dr. Michael Fine at the Washington Park Library

Come visit the Washington Park Library on Thursday January 24 at 6:30pm to listen to Dr. Michael Fine speak about his recent book, “Health Care Revolt: How to Organize, Build a Health Care System, and Resuscitate Democracy—All at the Same Time,  a critical read about what we need to do for the future of our health care system in America.

Health Care Revolt looks around the world for examples of health care systems that are effective and affordable, pictures such a system for the U.S., and creates a practical playbook for a political revolution in health care that will allow the nation to protect health while strengthening democracy.

Michael Fine, MD, is a writer, community organizer, and family physician. He is the chief health strategist for the City of Central Falls, RI, and Senior Clinical and Population Health Services Officer for Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc., and recipient of the Barbara Starfield Award, the John Cunningham Award, and the Austin T. Levy Award. He was director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, 2011–2015.

Folded Book Art Workshop at the Washington Park Library

Join us at the Washington Park Library on Thursday January 10 at 6:30pm!

Have you ever wondered what to do with your old books that are collecting dust on your bookshelf? Well, ponder no longer! Come join us for a workshop to learn how to recycle your old books into a beautiful folded book vase. Get creative and make something to keep or to gift. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is! This program is free and open to any adults interested. All materials provided.

Hosted by Amy Rosa, Library Manager at Washington Park Library. Amy has been creating book art and running similar types of library programs for the past 10 years. She loves being able to link two passions of hers-books and crafts- together. For more information on her programs, contact her at 401-781-3136 or arosa@provcomlib.org.

Kids and Teens Writing Group w/ Special Guest Author at the Washington Park Library

Join us for our new kids and teens writing group at the Washington Park Library on Tuesday January 8 at 3:30pm! This informal writing group will focus on different creative writing exercises each month. This month we will have special guest author Katie Bayerl in to host! When Katie Bayerl isn’t penning stories, she coaches teens and nonprofits to tell theirs. She currently leads the VCFA Young Writers Network and teaches classes for teens at GrubStreet. A Psalm for Lost Girls is her first novel.

This month, Katie will be showing us how to do “story sparks”–i.e., the personal interests and experiences that can feed our fiction and what happens when we link up two or more “sparks” into one story idea. Join us!

Open to ages 9 and up. Registration recommended. Please call 401-781-3136 or email Amy Rosa arosa@provcomlib.org to sign up.

Chess Club at the Washington Park Library

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play chess but can’t find anyone to teach you? Or do you absolutely love chess and want to play against a worthy opponent? Well come to the Washington Park Library on a Thursday night! Every Thursday evening from 6:30pm to 8pm, our local chess instructor Sam will teach you how to play chess and/ or engage you in a thrilling game with other avid chess players. Recommended for ages 8 and up. All experience levels welcome, and chess boards and pieces are provided.

For more information about this program or any other programs, please contact Amy Rosa, Library Manager, at (401) 781-3136 or email arosa@provcomlib.org.

Meet Me at the Library: Welcome Event at the Washington Park Library

You’re invited!

Come visit the Washington Park Library on Thursday November 29 between 6:30 and 7:30pm to meet the new Library Manager, Amy Rosa and enjoy some light refreshments! Every Librarian has a story; find out about Amy’s and enjoy an evening treat or two. Amy began working in libraries 20 years ago, received her degree at Indiana University 10 years ago and was previously working at the Mansfield Public Library. She is very enthusiastic to bring her unique programming ideas and talents to Washington Park. Amy is a native of Taunton, MA but has resided in Providence with her family for the past 8 years. Ask Amy about her library’s new and exciting after school clubs and classes, including the new Kids and Teens Creative Writing groupCoding with Dash RobotsChess ClubBook Art Crafting programs and more.

This event is open to all ages and sponsored by The Friends of the Washington Park Library.

Washington Park Library is one of the nine neighborhood locations of Providence Community Library (PCL) and is located at 1316 Broad Street. For more information, please call Amy at (401) 781-3136 or email arosa@provcomlib.org.