Encuentro 2018

Latinos in Heritage Conservation, Rhode Island Latino Arts, and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission are proud to present Encuentro 2018. Spanning three days of programs in Providence and the Blackstone Valley, this groundbreaking event brings together the 3rd National Convening of Latinos in Heritage Conservation and the 33rd Annual Statewide Rhode Island Historic Preservation Conference.

For the first time, Latinos in Heritage Conservation is bringing a national conversation about Latino historic preservation to New England. Featuring guest speakers from across the country and opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with fellow practitioners and advocates for Latino historic preservation, this is a not to be missed opportunity. Rhode Island Latino Arts, RIHPHC, and local partners have planned an engaging program of tours and special events to round out the schedule.

We hope that you will join us for this landmark gathering that will bring together preservationists, scholars, students, design professionals, and community advocates for an unprecedented discussion of the value and future of heritage conservation in New England’s Latino communities and beyond.

Registration fees:
$30 Thursday – Friday | $50 Saturday ($80 for Thursday – Saturday)
$15 Thursday – Friday | $25 Saturday for students with i.d. ($40 for Thursday – Saturday)

 

Seed Exchange at the South Providence Library

Seeds are now available to neighborhood gardeners!  The South Providence Library has launched the 2018 Seed Exchange program.  Anyone can come to the library to receive free seeds for a summer garden.

A few seeds were contributed by local growers last season, but a large number of seeds have been made available through a free seed program at the University of Rhode Island.  This program is made possible annually through the generous donation of seeds by Ocean State Job Lot, and through the efforts of the URI Master Gardener Program volunteers.

Benefits for the Home Gardener include:

  • Instant access to fresh produce
  • Control over the chemicals and products used during the growing process
  • The opportunity to make a positive environmental impact
  • Watching your garden go from bare ground to ripe produce offers a sense of satisfaction

At the same time, be aware that:

  • A backyard garden requires work and commitment throughout the growing season.
  • There can be initial costs that may include a tiller, shovel, rake, hoe and edging material.
  • Going away for a few weeks?  You’ll either need to ask someone to watch your garden or risk unhealthy or dying plants when you return.
  • A garden takes away a portion of your lawn or patio.
  • If you already have problems with pain or limited mobility, taking care of your garden can worsen those symptoms.

Please visit the library if a garden is in your future this summer.  Books are available to help you with your gardening adventure!

Providence Community Library Now Offering Citizenship Class

In response to requests from the community, Providence Community Library is pleased to announce a program to provide help to those who are seeking Citizenship in the United States. The library is pleased to be able to offer an experienced instructor for this program opportunity. Please share information with any neighbors or friends who may be interested.

CITIZENSHIP CLASS

March 5 to June 25, 2018

Mondays 5:30 –7:30pm

Knight Memorial Library

275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence

LEARN:

  • The requirements to naturalization
  • The N-400 application for Naturalization
  • The 100 Civic/History questions required
  • To pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam
  • The written and oral parts of the test
  • If you qualify to have the USCIS fees waived
  • Practice for official citizenship interview

REQUIREMENT: Must be eligible to apply for U.S. Naturalization

Instructor Bruno Sukys has more than 40 years of experience in Immigration, as former
Citizenship & Immigration Services Program Director at Dorcas International Institute of RI Inc

CLASSES are FREE with a $30.00 materials fee.

For information or to register: Carolina Briones 467-2700 X 1608

Providence Community Library “Over the Edge” Fundraiser

Providence Community Library (PCL) provides the people of Providence with a wealth of knowledge and free learning resources. Our mission is to fight low literacy and lack of opportunity, raise reading scores and help more than 178,000 library users achieve their dreams.

Your mission is to ascend to the roof, step over the edge and rappel down the 12-story, 150 feet high Regency Plaza building in Providence. The first 90 individuals to raise a minimum of $1,000 will earn a spot to go Over the Edge for PCL. The valuable funds you raise will take PCL’s services to a new level and will pay for books, computers, exciting makerspace technology, innovative programming, and a whole lot more!

Space is limited, so act now!

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR DACA RECIPIENTS IN RHODE ISLAND

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.

HEROES in OUR COMMUNITIES Bilingual Storytelling ~ Taller de narrativa bilingüe

HEROES in OUR COMMUNITIES

Bilingual Storytelling ~ Taller de narrativa bilingüe

Providence Community Library in partnership with Project Crisol announces the second Annual Bilingual Storytelling Workshop Series for aspiring young writers aged 6-12. Participants
will be coached in crafting and telling their stories in compelling ways, and in listening to each
other’s stories respectfully. Participants will be invited to submit their stories to the Annual
Bilingual Youth Writing Contest and to join the Day of the Children Celebration in April 28.

Providence Community Library, en colaboración con Project Crisol, anuncia la segunda
serie anual de talleres de cuentos bilingües para jóvenes aspirantes a escritores de las edades
comprendidas entre 6 y 12 años. Los participantes serán guiados en la elaboración y la narración
de sus historias de manera convincente, y en escuchar las historias de los demás con respeto.
Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de presentar sus historias al Concurso anual de
narrativa juvenil y asistir a la Celebración del Día de los niños el 28 de abril.

SOUTH PROVIDENCE LIBRARY
441 Prairie Ave. Providence
10:00 am to 11:30 am

SATURDAYS
January 27
February 10 & 24
March 24
April 7 &14

For information and registration: (401) 467-2700 X 1608

Providence Community Library active in 2018 End-to-End Census Test

Census Jobs are Available

The U.S. Census has begun recruiting for temporary full- and part-time positions in support of the 2018 End-to-End Census Test.  The 2018 End-to-End Census Test supports the 2020 Census.

The goal of the 2020 Census is to obtain an accurate population count of residents. The 2018 Census End-to-End Test will provide insights to better conduct the 2020 Census and is our planning tool to ensure an accurate census.

The Address Canvassing portion, of the 2018 End-to-End Census Test, is taking place in three sites: Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, W.Va.; Providence County, R.I.; and Pierce County, Wash.

2018 End-to-End Census Test jobs available: Providence County, Rhode Island. Please visit https://www.census.gov/2018jobs or call 1-866-593-6155.

Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339 TTY/ASCII

The Federal Relay Service provides equal communication access for persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf/blind, or have speech disabilities.

The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

https://www.census.gov/2018censustest

 

Rhode Island is at Risk

An accurate Census is Vital to Rhode Island.  The state is at risk of losing one of only two congressional seats, and federal dollars coming to Rhode Island depend on an accurate count.

R.I. clings to second seat in U.S. House

New Census Projections Show RI To Lose U.S. House Seat

 

Census Records are Sealed

It is important that all residents of Rhode Island be counted regardless of legal status.  Census information is not available to other government agencies.

https://www.census.gov/history/www/genealogy/decennial_census_records/the_72_year_rule_1.html

 

Look to Providence Community Library for help with the Census.

Employment assessments at Rochambeau Library, Friday afternoons in January, February and March

http://www.provcomlib.org/news-events/calendar/2018/us-census-hiring-2

In April 2018, census surveys may be completed at Providence Community Library Locations.

9th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival February 16 – February 25, 2018

The 9th annual Providence Children’s Film Festival takes place February 16-25, 2018 with screenings, filmmaking workshops, and free activities, along with post-film conversations that help deepen the film-watching experience. Audiences of all ages will enjoy over 100 feature-length and short films—including live-action, documentary, and animation—made by filmmakers from around the world. PCFF’s mission is to present the best of independent and international children’s cinema to inspire, delight, educate, and connect a diverse community of children and families from Rhode Island and beyond. Events take place at main venues within walking distance of downtown Providence and at satellite venues across the state.
For festival details, visit: http://providencechildrensfilmfestival.org
Animation Creation Studio @ Washington Park Library
Tuesday, February 20th
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Ages 8+ or under 8 accompanied by an adult
Register by calling 401-781-3136 between 1:00 and 5:30 Monday – Friday
 
Bring your characters and their stories to life through animation! This short workshop gives kids an opportunity to create and learn about animation using storyboards to plan it and stop motion  techniques to film it!

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

Volunteer Opportunity for Teens at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Kids, 7th-12 grade, what are you doing this summer?

Courtney Gilpin, ZooCamp Director at Roger Williams Park, has announced that teens, currently enrolled in 7th-12th grades are being recruited for the 2018 Zoo Crew Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program.  Teens who enjoy working with children and have an interest in conservation are encouraged to apply for the program.  Those teens who are enthusiastic and ready to work on a team are desired.  Gilpin reports “the CIT position is a fantastic way to earn volunteer service hours, but it is also a great way for teens to gain professional job experience and build leadership skills.”

For more information, visit:  https://tinyurl.com/RWPZ-ZooCrew or Contact: Courtney Gilpin, ZooCam Director cgilpin@rwpzoo.org  (401) 785-3510 x 394