Category: technology

“Girls Who Code” Club at PCL Will Target Gender Gap in Computer Technology Careers

“Girls Who Code” Club at PCL Will Target Gender Gap in Computer Technology Careers

[ 0 ] January 14, 2015 |

State’s Only Public Club Will Offer Instruction in Coding, App Building, Game Design and More Providence Community Library (PCL) will launch a Girls Who Code Club at its Rochambeau location on January 22.  Led by Gryte Satas, a female instructor from Brown University’s Department of Computer Science, the Club will offer girls an opportunity to […]

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Unplug During Screen-Free Week

Unplug During Screen-Free Week

[ 0 ] April 30, 2014 |

Shut down the video games, turn off the TV and step away from your screens – May 5-11, 2014 is Screen-Free Week.

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Digital journaling

Digital journaling

[ 0 ] April 28, 2014 |

Our family are now big fans of Shuttercal — a new way to journal — utilizing today’s technology to document everyday life though photos and text.

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When Should You Get Your Kid a Cell Phone?

When Should You Get Your Kid a Cell Phone?

[ 0 ] August 23, 2013 |

Since phones today are often more than just a telephone, loaded with additional features such as video, texting, and social media apps, deciding when to let our kids have a phone is a bit more complicated these days.

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Providence Community Library Pilots Online Reading Platform to Beat Summer Reading Loss

Providence Community Library Pilots Online Reading Platform to Beat Summer Reading Loss

[ 0 ] July 1, 2013 |

I should be happy for this since it’s another way to encourage and inspire readers or would-be readers to read all summer long. Fabulous that our local library is always looking for new ways to help young readers advance their skills and hopefully become life-long reading lovers, however I am still old-school when it comes […]

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Safe and Happy Kids Taking a proactive approach to bullying

Safe and Happy Kids Taking a proactive approach to bullying

[ 0 ] April 4, 2013 |

First published in the April 2013 issue of East Side Monthly. Until fairly recently, I have not spent a lot of time thinking about bullying at our neighborhood schools. While I don’t believe that the East Side is a magical conflict-free zone, and I have certainly heard about bullying incidents in school buildings, on school […]

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Upcoming Salon: How Do We Talk to Kids About Film?

Upcoming Salon: How Do We Talk to Kids About Film?

[ 0 ] January 11, 2013 |

I look forward to being part of this upcoming Salon at the Providence Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF).

How Do You Talk to Kids About Film?
Friday, January 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

For the parents:

Join the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) for an informal panel discussion about watching films with your children. Leading the conversation will be special guests:

Dr. Renee Hobbs, Professor + Founding Director, Harrington School of Communication and Media, URI
Anisa Raoof, Founder + Editor, Kidoinfo
Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, PCFF

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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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Broadband Rhode Island Digital Literacy Program

Broadband Rhode Island Digital Literacy Program

[ 0 ] August 15, 2012 |

The Broadband Rhode Island (BBRI) Digital Literacy program aims to educate Rhode Islanders who lack access to and information about technology through a freely available curriculum, volunteer instructors, and face-to-face classes based in communities and locations where the need for digital literacy education is highest.

Learn more about the program…

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Family Matters: Five ways to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day!

Family Matters: Five ways to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day!

[ 0 ] June 14, 2012 |

1. Quality time with the kids. A family outing or just dad and the kids may start with breakfast at home or at his favorite diner or coffee shop followed by an afternoon outing like a trip to the beach, park, or museum. My husband loves having bagels and lox at home as much as dining out at the Modern Diner in Pawtucket or Julian’s on the West Side.

2. An event. Give a gift-certificate (for two, if it includes you) to his favorite local restaurant or tickets to a sports game or music concert.

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