Monday, March 5, 2012
A proposed change to the library system would consolidate its operations into the main Weaver Library and the Riverside Branch Library.
The Fuller and Rumford branches of the East Providence Public Library are slated to close, according to budget commission documents. The proposed change to the library system would consolidate its operations into the main Weaver Library and the Riverside Branch Library. The library will be exploring options to maintain pick-up and drop-off services, according to the documents. "Library services have evolved over the last decade to substantial electronic services. Many users now order books online for pick up at a main or branch library," read the documents. Part-time employees at the branches would be laid off after they helped with the transition. Reductions will also occur in collections acquisition, the literacy program, and electronic …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Lifelong library supporter fears what may happen in the event of city budget cuts.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Dear City Council members, The proposed 2012 fiscal year budget includes a 32% reduction in the budget for the East Providence Public Libraries. When I spoke to one of the librarians, she commented that a drastic reduction such as this could result in the following: As a lifelong East Providence resident, I implore you to reconsider this budget reduction. Since I was a small child, I have been using the libraries in East Providence (and yes, I have used each branch over the years). Some of my fondest childhood memories were from trips to Fuller library while visiting my grandparents. When my children were born, we made frequent trips to the library to take out books, attend storytimes and special events. My children have used the library …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
People gathered on the lawn at Weaver Library on Tuesday evening to listen to Broadway songs by the No Day But Today Cabaret.
Each day is a gift. This is something we all tend to take for granted. But for someone diagnosed with an illness like ovarian cancer, it is all too true. Melanie Gendreau of Seekonk has an intimate understanding because her mother has been battling the disease for seven years. Wanting to do something to honor her mother and also spread awareness about ovarian cancer, Gendreau created a special musical performance called No Day But Today Cabaret. “The name ‘No Day But Today’ is a song from the Tony Award-winning musical 'Rent',” said Gendreau. “I was in a local production of that show in October 2010 and it was the last full-scale production that my mom was able to see. The song, 'No Day But Today,' reminds us that we can’t control the …
Friday, July 29, 2011
A dozen children tried their hand at watercolor painting at the Fuller Library on Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m a watercolor painter, a mom and a social worker, but today I’m a watercolor painter teacher,” said Pam Santos as she introduced herself to the 12 children at the Watercolor Painting Workshop at the Fuller Library on Wednesday. The class was a mixture of middle-school-age children sprinkled with a few fifth-graders. They all seemed eager to begin painting but listened attentively as Santos gave directions and talked about the watercolor painting process. She told the kids an anecdote about learning to draw, how her art teacher kept her drawing pictures over and over again when she really wanted to start painting. “Before you can do a good watercolor, you need to learn about drawing,” Santos said. Little easels were propped up on the …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Weaver Library’s special guest on Tuesday afternoon was Loren Spears, who told “Narragansett Stories of My Grandmothers.”
Loren Spears first introduced herself to the cluster of children on the rug and the seated adults using her Narragansett Indian name. “It means moccasin flower,” she said. “It was gifted to me by my grandmother.” Spears is the director of the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum in Exeter. According to its Web site, Tomaquag’s mission is “to educate the public regarding Native history and culture of the past and connect to Native issues of today through our exhibits, programs, classes and ceremonies.” During her presentation, Spears invited children to come up and join her in three different dances: the Welcome dance, the Friendship dance, and the Follow the Leader dance. She showed the audience a big map of Rhode Island and explained that the …
A look at what's going on in the city today, July 27.
1. Rain, rain, go away! Today should be sunny with temperatures in the mid-80s. 2. See the Northeast Navy Showband as a part of the Weaver Library summer concert series tonight. A professional showband playing patriotic pieces — you won't want to miss it. 3. The farmers market is at Haines Memorial Park again today. Stock up on fruits and vegetables! 4. Or sing some karaoke at the American Legion in Riverside. 5. Have trouble waking up in the morning? Today is the day to celebrate! In Finland, it's national Sleepy Head Day.