Our Events

Past Events

  • Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | 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.
  • Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:00 PM | The Writing Life | 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.
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | 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.
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00 PM | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us for the premiere?

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | 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.
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 1:00 PM | Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 1:00 PM | Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 1:00 PM | Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 1:00 PM | Reading Group | online | open to the public | $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.
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online (Zoom) | Recommended for children in Kindergarten and Up

    Let's meet on Zoom at the time above for a face-to-face storytime.

  • Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Lecture | 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.
  • Friday, February 5, 2021 - 5:30 PM | Special Event | online | open to the public; free for members | 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.
  • Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:00 PM | The Writing Life | 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.
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 7:30 PM | Lecture | NOTE NEW TIME | 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
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00 PM | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us for the premiere?

  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Online Event | 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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  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | 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.
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online (Zoom) | For all ages

    Join us on Zoom for a virtual, face-to-face storytime.

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 11:00 AM | Reading Group | 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.
  • Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 2:00 PM | Special Event | 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.
  • Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:00 PM | The Writing Life | 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.
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us for the premiere?

  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online (Zoom) | Recommended for children in Kindergarten and Up

    Let's meet on Zoom at the time above for a face-to-face storytime.

  • Friday, January 8, 2021 - 6:00 PM | Special Event | online | open to the public | by donation | drop in

    Ring in the New Year with our all-new trivia night with a literary bent. Test your knowledge on opening lines, banned books and more. Prizes! Surprises!

  • Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 3:00 PM | Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:00 PM | The Writing Life | 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.
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 12:00 PM | Children | Online | For All Ages

    Join us on YouTube for our virtual storytime for all ages! Can't join us for the premiere?

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 4:00 PM | Children | Online (Zoom) | All Ages

    Join us on Zoom for a virtual, face-to-face storytime.

  • Monday, December 14, 2020 - 6:00 PM | The Writing Life | on the Zoom Meetings platform | for members and guests | free of charge | registration required
    Members and guests are cordially invited to a celebration of Library members who have published books during 2020.

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