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)


West Broadway Neighborhood Association – Conversation with Our Elected Officials & Other News

Monday, March 5, 6-8pm
West Broadway Middle School
29 Bainbridge Avenue, Providence

WBNA’s 5th Annual Conversation With Our Elected Officials is featured during the first hour (6-7pm) of our March Neighborhood Nights event, and will be in question-and-answer, town hall meeting style. Neighbors can submit questions in advance, or ask them during the event. This is a great opportunity to get to know your legislators, and to let them hear from you.

7-8pm  |  Take Part in Committees + Highlights

All WBNA Committee meetings take place immediately following the town hall meeting, and are open to everyone. Highlights include a DARE presentation on rent control at our C1C Committee, a project review of Bucklin Plaza at our CDC, and a discussion of park improvements with West Side Kids and West Side Parks. See below for more information on all of our committees.

All monthly WBNA Neighborhood Nights include free food, childcare, and Spanish translation. ALL ARE WELCOME and encouraged to attend!

What’s happening in WBNA Committee meetings this month

  • Armory Advocacy will discuss plans for launching a designated website for the Armory, designing informational materials, and potential summer events to help further advocacy
  • Community/Comunidad 1 (C1C) will hear a presentation by Direct Action for Rights & Equality (DARE) about its rent control ballot measure
  • Community Development Committee (CDC) features a project review of Bucklin Plaza, an adaptive reuse of an industrial/commercial complex at 332 Dexter Street, as presented by owner and developer Jerry Batista. See renderings here.
  • Green Initiatives will discuss goals for the coming spring, which include supporting a business solar program, and providing outreach and education on energy, composting, rain barrels, and recycling at the annual Spring Cleanup
  • Neighborhood Action & Crime Watch Committee will discuss general concerns about safety and quality of life in the neighborhood, the 35th Annual Spring Cleanup, and potential 2018 initiatives
  • Programs & Events Committee welcomes new members to help plan the 2018 Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale
  • West Side Kids and West Side Parks will hold a joint meeting to discuss how they would like city funds to be used for improvements to Dexter Training Ground (aka Armory Park)

Upcoming Events

Please visit the WBNA Calendar for these events and more. 

  • Mar 5WBNA Neighborhood Nights: Town Hall Meeting with Elected Officials & All Committee Meetings
  • Mar 19: City of Providence’s Bike Share System Open House at WBNA (6:30pm)
  • Apr 3WBNA Neighborhood Nights: Repair and Improvement Plans for Dexter Training Ground
  • Apr 28: 35th Annual Neighborhood Spring Cleanup
  • May 1WBNA Neighborhood Nights: General Meeting (TBA) + All Committee Meetings
  • May 19: Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale

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!

Knight Memorial Library Makes “Most Endangered Properties” List

Knight Memorial Library, located on Elmwood Avenue has been added to the list of most endangered properties in Providence.  Over a period of several years, Providence Community Library has been working to improve the property in small increments; funding has recently been secured to work on the roof and exterior of the building.  These areas must be repaired before future work can be done on the inside of the building.

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.


March 5 to June 25, 2018

Mondays 5:30 –7:30pm

Knight Memorial Library

275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence


  • 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!


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


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.

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

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.



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.



Look to Providence Community Library for help with the Census.

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


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