Summer with Your PVD Libraries

Summer with your PVD Libraries! Kicks Off June 24

June 23, 2023

Summer with your PVD Libraries! ( officially kicks off Saturday, June 24 at all 10 Providence public libraries. Youth in grades K – 12 can join the Summer with your PVD Libraries challenge to read, make, explore, and learn at all 10 local Providence libraries. Sign up begins Saturday, June 24. Students will get a game board or can play online with Beanstack to track their reading and activities to be entered into weekly raffles.

Visit libraries, including the mobile library in the parks, for book giveaways, performances, and fun activities, and to learn about interesting places around the city to visit for free.

Sign up and/or log your activities and reading minutes in Beanstack, the online portal. Once you have logged your activities and/or minutes, you will be entered into raffles.
You can also download and print the booklet to track your activities and reading minutes. Visit your PVD library for assistance with logging your activities and reading minutes and to be entered into the raffles.

All 10 Providence libraries are ready and waiting for youth with great books, activities, performances, movies, and, yes, raffle prizes for participation! Participants get the summer booklet (available in Spanish also) and can get going on their summer fun!

Participants log onto Beanstack to set up a free account and log minutes and activities beginning June 24.

Summer with your PVD Libraries partners include Providence Public Library, Community Libraries of Providence, Providence Schools, Eat Learn Play, Brown University Library, RI State House, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence PlayCorps, Partnership for Providence Parks, RI Historical Society/John Brown House, Farm Fresh RI, RISD Museum, and Museum of Natural History and Planetarium.

The Summer with your PVD Libraries program is made available due in large part to Brown University Library, as well as the kindness of an inspirational man, Mr. J. Renn Olenn, the Mary Dexter Chafee Fund, and the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation. The statewide RI Summer reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sign-up for these free programs at Providence Public Library:

Mini Makers: A STEAM Program for Children 4 – 7
Saturday, July 15 – Cardboard Challenge
Saturday, August 5 – Silly Science
10 – 11:30 am
PPL’s Seminar Room, 3rd Floor

This series of programs provides young children with opportunities to explore the themes of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics through hands-on activities and experiences. Visit our calendar to register for these dates:


Youth and Teen Maker Camp
July 24 – 28 | 10 am – 12 pm
PPL Workshop, Ground Floor

Are you a child between the ages of 10 – 14 who wants to learn about how to use makerspace tools to design and create custom projects? Have you ever wanted to create your own unique stickers, T-shirts or pillows? Maybe you want to create something using the 3D printer? Registration is required.



World of Water
STEM Mentoring RI Summer Program
July 12, 19, 26 & August 2 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm
PPL Workshop

The overall goal of STEM Mentoring RI is to positively impact the social-emotional development and academic achievement of youth, grades K-12. STEM Mentoring RI summer program consists of fun, hands-on activities, group projects, and multimedia connections that engage mentors and mentees in a variety of STEM topics, with a particular focus on conservation. All STEM Mentoring RI project activities have been carefully crafted to support STEM, literacy and numeracy educational goals in alignment with the Rhode Island Department of Education K-12 educational framework. Through weekly group mentoring sessions and additional STEM enrichment activities, youth are exposed to inspiring scientists, engineers, and conservationists, who represent a variety of careers and education pathways.

Here at PPL, we are currently recruiting new mentees to join our summer program entitled “World of Water.” With a focus on water conservation, mentees and their mentors will interact with experiments, activities and multimedia connections over the course of four 2 hour sessions.

Registration is required. For more information and to register, please email Anne Kilkenny at
Please note that we are also recruiting for mentors, ages 12 – 18. If you have a teen who is interested in becoming a mentor, please email for more information and to arrange an interview.


Theater Story Time with Gamm Theater
Tuesdays | 10 – 11 am
July 11, July 18, July 25 & August 1
PPL Donald Farish Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Join the teaching artists from Gamm Theater for story time followed by theater games. These programs are for children ages 5 – 8. Register for one or all of these events at