Mayor Angel Taveras Visits & Tours Providence Public Library’s Early Literacy Learning Center

Pursuing educational excellence a stated priority for his administration

VIDEO: Mayor Taveras Reads to Visitng Kindergarten Class

Experts agree that early literacy is critical for young learners to achieve academic success. As the capital city’s school system searches for innovative ways to meet the educational needs of its diverse student population, Providence Mayor Taveras, along with his education advisor Angela Romans, visited Providence Public Library (PPL) today to explore its vast early literacy resources and opportunities as an asset to support and achieve his early education goals.

As a kick-off to National Library Week activities, PPL's children's librarian and staff showcased the Library's early literacy services and programs. Mayor Taveras visited with parents and children in one of the Library Cradle to Crayons programs and meet participants, guest read to a visiting Providence kindergarten class, and heard from librarians and education staff about the Library’s unique early literacy resources available to teachers, students and parents city- and statewide.

During his visit, Mayor Taveras read to a visiting Kindergarten class from the Dr. Pat Feinstein Child Development Center (Washington Street).

The Mayor also met with parents and children in the Library's Cradle to Crayons program.

With the state’s largest children’s collection (60,000-plus items), a professional collection for teachers -- including curriculum development, classroom materials and specialized learning & reading kits, professional librarian and early childhood educators, and nationally-recognized early learning programs, Providence Public Library is uniquely able to provide critical education support, not only to the City of Providence, but to schools and early childhood educators statewide. Supporting the foundation of pre-reading and language enrichment skills so crucial to young children’s cognitive and social development, Providence Public Library’s early literacy learning services and programs have been developed over decades in conjunction with early learning and literacy experts.