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STOREFRONTS: Journeyman glazer Michael Bennacchia of Chandler Architects works on the interior storefronts during renovation of the Empire Street wing of the Providence Public Library.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
STOREFRONTS: Journeyman glazer Michael Bennacchia of Chandler Architects works on the interior storefronts during renovation of the Empire Street wing of the Providence Public Library.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
The Providence Public Library, the grand dame of Rhode Island’s public libraries, is just a shell of its former self … literally. Last fall the independent, nonprofit library put nearly all of its books and other materials – about 500,000 items – into storage, then started ripping apart its 66-year-old Empire Street wing in downtown…

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