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2018 Health Insurance Options: The Choice Is Yours During Open Enrollment

2018 Health Insurance Options: The Choice Is Yours During Open Enrollment

[ 0 ] September 27, 2017 |

By Jim Armstrong You know that feeling you get when, halfway through the day, you suddenly realize you forgot to send your kid to school wearing something silly for “crazy hat day”? Or that today was the day you’d promised to send in a gift for teacher appreciation week? It’s pretty close to impossible to […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Family

New Year’s Resolutions for the Family

[ 0 ] December 30, 2014 |

As the flurry of the holidays comes to an end, our thoughts shift towards the welcoming of a new year and what it may have in store for us and our families. If you’ve ever tried to set and stick to self improvement goals on your own, you know that by February 1st, things start […]

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The Value of Playing with REAL Stuff

The Value of Playing with REAL Stuff

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Children’s Museum Children in the U.S., for the most part, are not growing up in a “hands-on” society. Toys are bought, not made by hand, and are not designed to be fixed if they break. Classroom time is more focused on test preparation and less on project-based learning […]

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Organizing Your Child’s Closet

Organizing Your Child’s Closet

[ 0 ] February 5, 2014 |

Children have a variety of clothing choices, from school clothes to play clothes, and it can easily stack up and overwhelm the closet space they have. Add to that the speed with which they grow, and it’s no surprise that you find yourself drowning in piles of clothing, unsure about what should be stowed away or kept.

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Time! The greatest gift you can give a new parent.

Time! The greatest gift you can give a new parent.

[ 1 ] January 17, 2014 |

What new parents really want is someone to do the laundry, clean the house, or cook their dinner not another onesie.

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Help twins / multiples develop their independence.

Help twins / multiples develop their independence.

[ 4 ] January 14, 2014 |

These days it’s more common to have twins because of increased use of IVF and women having children at a later age. Teachers, coaches, families, and friends spend more time around multiples now, but may be unsure of how to deal with the unique situations that may arise with siblings the same age. Although these tips are geared for families with multiples, they may also be useful in parenting siblings of different ages.

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2012 Gingerbread Village: A Holiday Family Tradiiton

2012 Gingerbread Village: A Holiday Family Tradiiton

[ 0 ] December 12, 2012 |

We set up this year’s Gingerbread Village—now an annual tradition—on the buffet in the dining room. Not sure why we never placed it here before—seems well-suited nestled in this cave-like space where one must bend down to peak at the scene from standing position but is easily seen at eye level when one is seated at the table.

The village has a home on the left, a short stroll to the urban village. The town center is the large center building with a tiny building on the right, serving as the beloved library. The movie theater, located on the far right, adorned with bright lights, is currently showing a 3-D film.Gingerbread-Santa-Sleigh-GV

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Holiday Tradition: Hack a Gingerbread House (or a Whole Village)!

Holiday Tradition: Hack a Gingerbread House (or a Whole Village)!

[ 1 ] December 7, 2012 |

Creating a gingerbread village has become an annual tradition in my family. Even though I love to make the houses for it with my kids, I am a better crafter than a baker. And since I have not mastered the art of creating an edible gingerbread house, I have hacked together gingerbread houses that look pretty good in the end and are fun for the kids to assemble.

I use a combination of ready-made gingerbread kits, graham crackers, old Halloween candy, and a low-temp glue gun to construct our village. Add some lights, trees, figurines, and cotton batting, and you have a miniature winter wonderland. If you want a pre-assembled house or to bake yours from scratch, check the list of helpful resources below.

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Back to School Tips on The Rhode Show

Back to School Tips on The Rhode Show

[ 0 ] August 26, 2012 |

I spent time at The Wheeler School on Friday, August 24, 2012 talking with Mary Larsen of The Rhode Show about getting ready for back to school. I find it helpful to have a checklist, shop early for deals, and make a family plan about daily and monthly expectations. Read more helpful tips and to watch The Rhode Show segment…

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PCL is the new home for the Statewide Reference Resource Center – AskRI.org

PCL is the new home for the Statewide Reference Resource Center – AskRI.org

[ 0 ] August 20, 2012 |

As of July 1, 2012 Providence Community Library became the new home of the Statewide Reference Resource Center (SRRC). The SRRC provides quality reference services, online databases and electronic resources to everyone in Rhode Island.

As host to the SRRC, PCL will provide technical support for statewide online electronic resources and AskRI.org (the portal to access those online electronic resources), marketing and publicity for AskRI and its resources, and education for library staff and the general public on the use of AskRI. PCL will also provide reference services to all Rhode Islanders and Rhode Island libraries. These reference services are available to the general public via email, chat, or phone every day but Sunday.

AskRI.org has a wealth of free, online education resources and services available. Just what’s so great about the AskRI.org resources?

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