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 to sign up.

Free Summer Learning Program


REGISTER and ENROLL your child at South Side Boys & Girls Club
1 Louisa Street, Providence, RI 02905


Free from 9am – 5pm

Monday, July 9, 2018 – Friday, August 17, 2018

Don’t want your children to fall behind in school and be ready for to start the school year? Enroll them into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence Summer Learning Program and let’s prevent their summer learning loss together!

What is Summer Learning Loss?

Summer learning loss is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer holidays. The loss in learning varies across grade level, subject matter, and family income. For some students, they can generally lose about 2 months of reading achievement.

Summer Participants will have the following opportunities:

  • Academic supports in reading, writing, math and science
  • Swimming
  • Free play
  • Yoga
  • Art
  • Providence Children’s Museum








Following a recent federal district court decision, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting DACA renewal applications again.

Anyone who currently holds or has previously held DACA status (even if that status is now expired), is eligible to apply for renewal.  USCIS is still not accepting initial requests for DACA status from people who have never had it.

Those who are eligible to renew their DACA status should do so immediately. Because USCIS is accepting renewal applications under a court order, it is unclear how long this window of opportunity will remain open.

Beginning today, Dorcas International Institute of RI is now holding daily walk-in DACA clinics to respond to the community need.  We will assess an individual’s eligibility to renew his/her DACA status, and, if eligible, complete the paperwork. Applicants should bring their work permit and passport to walk-in hours. No appointment is necessary.Walk-In Hours:
– Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9-4:30 pm;
– Wed & Sat 9:00-12:00;
–  hours available by appointment: please call 401-784-8621
All fees ($495 USCIS filing fee and $100 DIIRI service fee) will be covered by funds previously donated in September 2017. DACA renewal applicants pay nothing.

National Library Services, NLS Veterans’ Benefits

The National Library Services (NLS) offers a free braille and talking books library service program for veterans and residents of the United States. By law, veterans receive preference for these library services. Veterans and residents with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical challenge that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page are eligible for special reading materials and library services. The Rhode Island Talking Books Library (TBL) provides these services to local veterans and residents with its accessible library resources. If you believe you may be eligible (Eligibility Requirements) for this program, please fill out a TBL Application Form to take advantage of the services TBL provides.

State of Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services

Complete Our Survey for a Chance to Win a $100 Gift Card!

Providence Community Library(PCL) wants to know what you think! We have compiled a short survey to find out what we are doing well and what we could do better in terms of our materials, programs, services, hours and other issues. We will use the responses to inform our strategic planning process and help us to chart a course for the future. It takes just 10 minutes to complete!

You can complete the survey online in English or in Spanish. Paper copies in English and Spanish will be available at all PCL locations. Please complete your survey by Friday, November 3 to help make your neighborhood library better! One respondent will be selected at random to win a $100 Stop & Shop gift card.

Knight Memorial Library Closed Temporarily for Mechanical and Electrical Work

Knight Memorial Library, one of the nine locations of Providence Community Library (PCL), closed temporarily on Saturday, July 22 to begin essential electrical and mechanical upgrades to the building, which is situated at 275, Elmwood Avenue. PCL apologizes for the sudden closure. After careful consideration, the Library decided that critical upgrade work should begin without delay, in order to assure safety in the building.

Patrons are encouraged to access materials, services programs at other PCL locations while Knight Memorial is closed. The decision to close was not made lightly and staff will do everything they can to minimize impact on library users and local residents. Patrons who have ordered library materials for pickup at Knight Memorial will be able to collect them from South Providence Library, 441 Prairie Avenue. Where possible, we will continue to offer some Knight Memorial programs at other locations in the Elmwood neighborhood and patrons should check the PCL website and PCL Facebook page for news and regular updates.

PCL looks forward to re-opening Knight Memorial Library once essential work is completed. If you have any questions, contact Janet Fuentes, PR and Marketing Manager .

Summer Learning Program: The Science and Beauty of Gardening

Summer Learning Program:
The Science and the Beauty of Gardening

Who: K – 3 Graders
When: Every Mondays and Wednesdays ǀ July 10 – August 9, 2017 ǀ 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Orientation: Knowing the program and families ǀ July 5, 2017 ǀ 9:30 AM – 11 AM
Where: CSEA office on 270 Elmwood Avenue, Providence RI 02907
Cost: Free

Program Focuses:

Five-week long gardening classes will provide students with scientific knowledge and gardening skills. Throughout the program, students will learn about where food comes from, what plants need in order to grow, and how to prepare healthy snacks. Through hands-on activities and the majority of time spent in a Southside Community Land Trust garden site, the students will explore how to be stewards of the natural world and learn about plants from diverse cultures.

Application are available at CSEA office. Electronic versions can be requested by email via or

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017 by 5PM (EST)

For more information:
Maggie Krueger Nittaya Saenbut
Youth Farms and Education Coordinator (SCLT) Program Manager (CSEA) ǀ 401-273-9419 ext. 104 ǀ 401-274-8811

 Registration Form 2017

Providence Community Library Feb Newsletter

Snow, Ice, Rain…But Still Plenty Happening at PCL!

The weather hasn’t been so kind of late but this is New England and we don’t let a little frozen precipitation slow us down! Thanks to everyone who supported our Spelling Bee fundraiser – check out a short report here. We are excited to report on our rewarding partnerships with two Providence children’s festivals and provide a round-up on other news. Enjoy!

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A Community Conversation about the future of Broad Street

Please join us for

A Community Conversation about the future of Broad Street

on Saturday, March 11, 2017

from 10:00AM to 12:00PM

at the Southside Cultural Center (393 Broad Street, Providence).

Please pass this meeting information along to other community members who might be interested in attending

and help spread the word by sharing this event on Facebook:



Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter

ENA Newsletter – February 2017

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

In January there was no end of opportunities to make our voices heard at either the federal or local levels. It’s great to see so many citizens involved with community development and national politics. Distilling all of the dialogue exchanged by email and in meetings is challenging and finding something to truly celebrate is even more so. But, yes, there is something to celebrate.

PeopleforBikes selects Providence for the Big Jump

Providence is one of 10 cities chosen from a pool of 80 for the Big Jump Project. The City Walk corridor that includes Elmwood Ave and Broad St is the target area for the project in Providence. The Big Jump Project, aims to double or triple bike ridership in specific neighborhoods over the course of just three years. Cities in the project will be laboratories for innovation, ultimately illustrating the ways in which U.S. cities and towns can tap into bicycles to improve the health and vitality of their communities.

Each city will annually receive the equivalent of $200,000 in technical support from PeopleForBikes to support the development of bike infrastructure and programs that encourage biking; an additional $50,000 in local matching funds from the city, community partner, or local foundations each year will also be contributed to the program.

Reminder: Using PVD311

Use the 3-1-1 hotline and/or the PVD311 mobile app to report quality of life issues and to request city services. The hotline is an important tool for documenting issues at troublesome locations. A record of complaints can affect liquor licenses and zoning changes at locations described below. To learn more about using the service, attend a meeting at Reservoir Elementary School on February 6 or at Knight Memorial Library on February 27.

Reminder: Prepare for snow emergencies

If you or your tenants park on the street at night, make sure to have an alternate parking space available in case of parking bans. Property owners are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, catch basins, fire hydrants and pedestrian ramps adjacent to their property. The city can fine property owners who do not clear adjacent sidewalks of snow. Learn more at the City’s Web site.


Parole Board gets approval for locating an office in South Providence

On January 3 the RI Dept. of Corrections went before the RI State Properties Committee to request locating a parole office at 49 Pavillion Ave in the South Side near I 95. The office will serve residents from zip codes 02905 and 02907. Luis Aponte is planning a press conference at the Washington Park Community Center to announce the plan on February 23.

Residents may remember that a proposal to locate the office on Broad St was met with overwhelming neighborhood opposition because of its proximity to schools and the high number of social services already on the South Side.

CPC recommends zoning change for 12 Lenox

PEKA Properties, the owners of the vacant lot at 12 Lenox, went before the City Plan Commission (CPC) on January 17 to request a change in zoning from residential (R-2) to commercial (C-2). PEKA also owns buildings on Broad that house Aqua Lounge and Monaco Night Club. PEKA aims to phase out the nightclubs and bring more retail businesses to the corner of Broad and Lenox, expanding them to 12 Lenox.

While PEKA argues that the location would not be attractive as a residence, residents argue that it is PEKA’s poor management of their properties that has made it undesirable. Residents are concerned about commercial creep into residential areas, the traffic congestion already existing at that corner, and the lack of parking. They recommend that before making a zoning change, PEKA should prove itself by cleaning up 12Lenox, which has become a trash filled parking lot for the automobile service stations at the corner.

After hearing from residents, CPC voted to recommend a zoning change to C-1 with restrictions: no liquor establishments or auto repair operators. City Council will have to approve the change.

Next steps: Residents can voice their opinions to City Council President Luis Aponte(, Ward 9 Councilwoman Carmen Castillo (, and/or CidMcKenna, Chief of Staff for the City Council ( Telephone messages can be left for all at 521-7477.

Contact Elmwoodian Paula Donovan for more information:

Paolino Properties buys St Joseph’s

     On January 24 Joe Paolino announced that Paolino Properties had bought St Joseph’s Hospital on Broad St with the intention of developing it to help resolve the homelessness issue downtown. Thanks to community networking, nearly 300 people showed up at the press conference to protest the “dumping” of social services inSouthside neighborhoods and the lack of community involvement in developing a plan for the property. Ward 11 Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris voiced strong opposition to the plan and at follow-up meetings MayorElorza has said that the development as announced would not happen. Meanwhile, residents have been drafting an ordinance to limit the number of social service agencies in Ward 11 (Mary Kay Harris’s ward).
The announcement and event got a lot of coverage. If you missed it, take a look at these links:

Liquor license hearing for Club Pablo Duarte postponed again

Club Juan Pablo Duarte at 100 Niagara and Congress has been before the Board of Licenses to request a liquor license; however, the hearing has been postponed indefinitely, in part because of translation difficulties. The Dominican-American club hosts weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, and other events, and has had licenses to sell wine and beer at events in the past.

The BOL has asked that the Club work with nearby residents to resolve quality of life issues, including noise, litter, parking, public drinking and drunkenness. According to our State Rep, Grace Diaz, the club is taking seriously the need to hire a security company to monitor activities at the club. She has offered to speak to the Club’s management to help resolve other issues related to activities there.

Keep reading for meeting and event details and to see what else is happening.

Find general information about greening Elmwood, community policing, and city services in the reference guide emailed seasonally.


  • through February 12 – Wilbury Theatre presents Betrayal
  • Saturday, February 4 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
  • Monday, February 6 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • Monday, February 6 – Talking Trash and PVD311 with Sustain PVD
  • Wednesday, February 8 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association meeting
  • Saturday, February 11 – Beginning Farmer Classroom Training
  • Thursday, February 16 – Citywide Conversation on a Long-Term Vision for Kennedy Plaza
  • Wednesday, February 22 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, February 23 – Press conference about new parole office in South Providence
  • Monday, February 27, 6:00 pm – PVD311 Tutorial for requesting City Services
  • Thursday, March 2 – Roger Williams Park Community Meeting
  • Week of March 11 – ENA meeting

ongoing activities

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale


through February 12, 7:30  – Wilbury Theatre presents Betrayal

Location: Southside Cultural Center at Broad & Elmwood, 393 Broad St

Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter innovatively explores the complexities of love, guilt, and duplicity in this Olivier Award-winning classic.

Read more:

Box Office: (401)

Saturday, February 4, 12 to 4 – “We Love Books” Sale 

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

February features the original art and prints, the Black experience, comics, manga, history/political commentary, cooking and healthy living, mystery/suspense novels, children’s books. Coffee table books are steeply discounted.

To help with monthly sales contact: Karen,

Monday, February 6, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
– Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Board Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

All are welcome to join the dynamic Friends group as they develop Super Saturday programming, an online Mrs. Shaw’s Fund to raise money for books, and a fundraising event scheduled for June 2.

Contact: Debbie,


Monday, February 6, 6:00 pm – Talking Trash and PVD311with Sustain PVD

Location: Reservoir Elementary School Cafeteria, 156 Reservoir Ave

The City of Providence is updating its trash and recycling contracts and wants to hear from you. Your feedback will help the City provide quality, cost-effective services that meet our waste reduction and cleanliness goals. Let the City know what’s working and what needs to change.

For more information, contact Grace Diaz at 401 421-2489, ext 5766


Wednesday, February 8, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association meeting

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

At last month’s meeting members met with an artist and a representative of the RI Historical Society to discuss their involvement in developing an Elmwood Ave map. On February 8, members will be identifying locations and items of historical interest to be on the map. RSVP to Karen,, 401 9418249


Saturday, February 11, 11:00 to 5:00 – Beginning Farmer Classroom Training

Location: Southside Community Land Trust, 109 Somerset St

Join with other aspiring sustainable farmers who want to grow and sell healthy food for friends, neighbors, and customers in Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls. Attend our FREE workshop and learn the basics of growing for market, crop planning, marketing strategies and operating a farmers market booth. You will also learn about processing SNAP/WIC benefits, and financial/business planning and record keeping. Class will be taught for English Language Learners. Snacks will be served, and there will be a break for lunch.

SCLT ( supports beginning farmers through training, technical assistance, access to land and access to market channels. We welcome farmers and prospective farmers to participate in our programs. Participating in training programs also makes you eligible to lease available SCLT land and to sell through SCLT market opportunities.

To learn more, contact Laura at 401-273-9419 ext. 105 or


Thursday, February 16, 5:00 to 7:00 pm – Citywide Conversation on a Long-Term Vision for Kennedy Plaza

Location: 444 Westminster St, First floor Conference Room

Join Mayor Elorza and the Department of Planning and Development to discuss the future of the civic plaza in the heart of downtown Providence.

Contact: Martina Haggerty,


Wednesday, February 22, 6:00 – 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence 

Location:  640 Broad St, YMCA for Youth Development Community Room

Meet with Police who report on incidents since our last meeting. Other speakers often attend to address crime-related and quality of life issues. In January Mayor Elorza attended to answer questions about the development of St Joseph’s Hospital. Elmwood resident Osto Vargas was due to make a presentation about, a home security system. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.

For agenda updates , contact Doug,

Note: Crime Watch meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime watch window placards are available at each meeting. 


Thursday, February 23 – Press conference about new parole office in South Providence

Location: Washington Park Community Center, 42 Jillson St

City Councilman Luis Aponte will announce the plan to locate a parole office at 49 Pavillion St in South Providence.

To learn more, call the Community Center at (401) 461-6650 or the City Council at 521-7477.


Monday, February 27, 6:00 pm – PVD311 Tutorial for Requesting City Services

Location: Knight Memorial Library Auditorium, 275 Elmwood Ave

Learn how to effectively use the city’s PVD311 AP in this hour-long tutorial given by Andrew Jacques, Director of the Mayor’s Office of City Services. Knowing how to request city services for things like pot hole repair, clogged storm drains, and litter help to make our city run more effectively and improves our neighborhoods. All are urged to attend.

Contact: Grace Diaz,


Thursday, March 2, 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Roger Williams Park Community Meeting 

Location: Dalrymle Boathouse, Roger Williams Park

Quarterly community meetings of Roger Williams Park will kick off on March 2. It will feature Dr. NumiMitchell of The Conservation Agency on their coyote study.


Week of March 11 – ENA meeting

Stay tuned for more information. A preparatory meeting is tentatively planned for Sunday, February 19.


ongoing activities

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale 

Location:  Knight Memorial Library community room, 275 Elmwood Ave.

Browse through 1000s of books, videos, LPs, CDs, DVDs and original art works and prints.  Proceeds support library programs and improvements.

To help sort books on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, contact Doug,


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