Program areas at Providence Public Library
Program of servicethe Providence Public Library is a progressive and respected 144 year old private, not-for-profit institution. The Library achieves its mission through the provision of traditional and innovative Library services, with a focus on programs best meeting the city and state's lifelong learning needs.during the year ended june 30, 2020, an estimated 21,684 people visited the Library, with total usage of resources and materials topping 190,100. Public access computers were used 16,826 times. Library users received information assistance from Library staff a total of 10,320 times. Additionally, the Library provided a total of 1,643 programs for children and adults, generating a total attendance of 17,463. Note that usage was lower than a normal year due to much of the building being closed for renovations.during the year ending june 30, 2020, 1,654 children and families attended 72 educational programs designed to build literacy, critical thinking skills, steam competencies, and lifelong love of reading and learning from an early age. Participation in our passport to summer learning initiative continues to grow with 1,861 students returning completed passports to their schools at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, more than double 2017's total of 903, with 48% of students who completed their passports reading for at least 800 minutes over the summer.from june 2016 to may 2019, the Library has served 948 teens. 464 teens have earned academic credit or digital badges; 205 completed projects that demonstrate specific 21st century skills; 285 created web portfolios that can be used for college or work applications, and 263 have gained work exposure.the Library conducted over 30 esl, citizenship, digital literacy, and transition to college classes this past year in various locations, and served 425 adult students from 37 countries in 18 locations in Providence, east Providence, cumberland, cranston, pawtucket, central falls and west warwick. Locations included Public libraries, community centers, Public schools, state one stop employment centers, and work sites. 44% of students advanced at least two grade levels in reading; 103 students entered employment, college or a training program (many were already employed); and 24 students became u.s. citizens. 30 students completed a microsoft office certificate training program, co-taught by the Library and roger williams university staff.during the year ending june 30, 2020, 259 adults participated in rhode coders and data navigators with a greater than 50% enrollment by females and people of color. Of 49 surveyed, 10 advanced to a coding bootcamp after course completion; 3 advanced to college computer courses; 4 are now employed in data-related positions; and 7 have been hired or are doing freelance work in the software field.
Sales leasebackon march 30, 2012, the Library entered into a lease agreement and option to sell the Library's seven branch buildings to the city of Providence (city). The Library had short-term leases with the city for $1 annually since july 1, 2009. The new lease is a long-term, absolute net lease for the leased premises, at the end of which the city will have the option to purchase the leased premises or any one or more of the individual branches, for a purchase price of $1 for each branch purchased.under the lease, the Library will bear no expense whatsoever with respect to the operation or maintenance of the leased premises during the term. The city will be permitted to sublease the leased premises to the Providence community Library (pcl) to operate the branches as libraries so long as the sublease agreement between the city and pcl requires pcl to comply with the terms of the lease.