Our Events

Special Event

Closing: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm | Closing
The Library is closed all day Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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Children

Storytime Online

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 12:00pm | Online | For All Ages

Join us on YouTube for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us for the premiere? The video will be posted on our Children's Events page shortly after, so you can participate on your own schedule.

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The Writing Life

The Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:00pm | online | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
It's an unusual season. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.
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Reading Group

Seminar: Ivelisse Rodriguez, Puerto Rican Literature: From New York to Puerto Rico and Back

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 6:00pm Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:00pm Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | $60 for the four sessions | registration required
The author of PEN/Faulkner finalist LOVE WAR STORIES explores memoirs, poetry, and fiction covering almost 100 years of Puerto Rican writing from the continental United States.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Special Event

Film Screening and Screenwriting Discussion: Love, Repeat

Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 2:00pm | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
James is still in love with his ex-wife Barbara. His quirky and diverse circle of family and friends are all breaking up too. But, in a crazy world, love is the only thing that makes sense. To love, and then love again. This special event includes a screening of this new film and discussion with screenwriter/star Bill Connington.
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Reading Group

Seminar: Nicholas Birns, Hilary Mantel's Cromwell Trilogy

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 11:00am | online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
We read Mantel's magisterial historical-fiction trilogy on Thomas Cromwell as the author uses her characters and settings to trace the evolution of the earliest stirrings of a modernity we may still inhabit.
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Reading Group

Seminar: Jane Mallison, Vladimir Nabokov: Four Books

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 11:00am | online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
This seminar reads three of Nabokov’s novels and his autobiography, emphasizing the pleasure of enjoying his originality and the intricacies of his style.
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Online Event

Black Literature Matters: The 1800s

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required
In this original series of live online events, hear the voices of Black writers through history re-examined to inspire understanding of race in our country today. This second presentation features works from the 1800s with dramatic readings, historical context, and images.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Lecture

Simon Winchester, Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | $30 per person including book purchase | registration required through the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
"The latest sweeping, satisfying popular history from the British American author and journalist, this time covering a topic that many of us take for granted...Engaging revelations about land and property, often discouraging but never dull." - Kirkus Reviews
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The Writing Life

The Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:00pm | online | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
It's an unusual season. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Special Event

EX LIBRIS: Ann Patchett

Friday, February 5, 2021 - 5:30pm | online | open to the public | free of charge | registration required through the Providence Athenaeum
Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, State of Wonder, Commonwealth, The Dutch House) is a celebrated bestselling author, devoted reader, and a champion of literary culture, joined here in conversation by author Patrick Ryan.
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Lecture

Casey Cep, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
FURIOUS HOURS brings to life a shocking historic case, from the murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. It also offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.
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The Writing Life

The Writing Life: Prompt! with Terena Elizabeth Bell, Winter/Spring 2021

Friday, January 8, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, March 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, April 9, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, May 14, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Friday, June 11, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm | online | for members only | by donation | registration required
Join your fellow member writers for a fun and stimulating hour+ of prompts, writing, and sharing.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Reading Group

Seminar: Claire Jimenez, An Exploration of Food and Memory

Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 1:00pm Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 1:00pm Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 1:00pm Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 1:00pm | online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Award-winning writer Claire Jimenez leads discussion of four great food memoirs and inspires participants to explore their own food stories and memories.
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Special Event

Closing: Presidents Day 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021 - 11:00am to Monday, February 15, 2021 - 4:00pm | Closing
The Library is closed all day Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15, for Presidents Day. Otherwise we observe normal hours.
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Reading Group

Seminar: Nicholas Birns, Hilary Mantel's Cromwell Trilogy

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 11:00am Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 11:00am | online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
We read Mantel's magisterial historical-fiction trilogy on Thomas Cromwell as the author uses her characters and settings to trace the evolution of the earliest stirrings of a modernity we may still inhabit.
Read More >

Reading Group

Seminar: Jane Mallison, Vladimir Nabokov: Four Books

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 11:00am Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 11:00am | online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
This seminar reads three of Nabokov’s novels and his autobiography, emphasizing the pleasure of enjoying his originality and the intricacies of his style.
Read More >

The Writing Life

The Writing Life Poetry Workshop: Write What Life Feels Like Now with Esther Cohen

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 3:00pm Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:00pm | online | open to the public; free for members | separate sessions | registration required
It's an unusual season. There are so many words to say how we feel. Let's try together.
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Lecture

Russell Shorto, Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:00pm | online | open to the public | $10 per person | registration required
Family secrets emerge as the bestselling author of The Island at the Center of the World dives into the history of the mob in small-town America.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Online Event

Digital Teatime

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, December 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, January 29, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 12, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm Friday, February 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm | for members | by donation | drop in
Grab your favorite cup and your current read and spend a little time in social sipping and book-friendly chat with your fellow members.
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Today's Events

Exhibitions

The Library showcases our historic collections and the literary culture of the city with themed public exhibitions on the second floor. Exhibitions are offered for six to twelve months, and both members and nonmembers are welcome to drop by any time the Library is open.

Current Exhibition: