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PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE: New Joint Summer Fun & Learning Opportunity for RI Families!

Families can get their free passports at Providence Public Library and Providence Community Libraries

PassportwithLogosProvidence Public Library and its partners in adventure and learning are pleased to announce the Passport To Adventure, a new collaborative venture available to Rhode Island families for use this summer.  The 2015 Passport To Adventure showcases fun and enriching summer activities that promote family engagement and lifelong learning for children.

Partners in this initiative include: Providence Public Library, Providence Community Library, Providence Children’s Museum, Partnership for Providence Parks, Rhode Island Families In Nature and Roger Williams Park Zoo.  The Passport To Adventure is being piloted this summer and the partners hope to form and introduce an expanded Passport To Adventure that includes a Story Walk component in the coming months.  The Story Walk will be based on the successful Boston Children’s Museum’s StoryWalk® program, which is a fun, educational activity that places a children’s story (literally a book taken apart) along a popular walking route in the community.

“We envision the Passport as a way for families to engage in a variety of enriching activities throughout the summer.  When families play and learn together, children build skills that help them to be healthy, happy and successful in school,” said Anne Kilkenny, early childhood educator at Providence Public Library.

Kilkenny is working with colleagues at each of the Rhode Island Passport to Adventure partner organizations to introduce the Passport pilot and plan its expansion into a full-fledged early learning vehicle for Rhode Island children and families.  Each partner organization has worked to provide experiences that are no cost/low cost and are based right here in our own community.

“Our community is rich with opportunities for exploration and discovery which expand children’s knowledge, creativity and helps to prevent summer learning loss.  We hope that families will use this Passport as a fun way to spend time together this summer,” adds Kilkenny.

“Having rich conversations with one another is one of the most important activities families can do together. Exploring with the Passport will give families lots of interesting topics to discuss, read about, explore, and share. We hope using the Passport will create a wealth of happy summer memories,” says Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator at Providence Community Library.

“The Children’s Museum is excited to be part of this initiative with so many respected community partners, and to share the incredible value of hands-on play and learning for school readiness,” said Megan Fischer, interim executive director at Providence Children’s Museum.

Families can get more information about the Passport to Adventure, along with some scheduled activities at each of the partner organizations, at: prov/pub/summerpassport.   Families can pick up their Passports at Providence Public Library (150 Empire Street, Providence) or at any of the Providence Community Library branches.  There will be limited copies available at some of the partner organizations.

Families are encouraged to use their Passports and get a stamp at each of the organizations listed or add some of their own experiences with pictures or stories on the back pages.  In August, the partners are planning a Summer Block Party to celebrate all Passport participants.   Stay tuned…

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