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An Exhibit celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Providence Police Department

Policing Providence: 3 Centuries of Policing in Rhode Island’s Capital City

The Providence Police Department 150th Anniversary will feature exhibitions at two locations.

Aug. 5 - Sept. 29 | Providence City Hall, 2nd Floor, 25 Dorrance St.

Feature policing from the colonial period through 1900.

Aug. 5 - Oct. 30 | PPL, Providence Journal Rhode Island Room, 150 Empire St.

Covering the turn of the 20th century to present day.

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Visit our new Learning Lounge on the 5th floor at PPL. No appointment needed!

The Learning Lounge at PPL: where adults can come to achieve their learning goals.

Open Mondays &Thursdays, 1 - 4 pm and Tuesdays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. This is a FREE program of ALL Access in the Libraries (www.allaccessri.org) which is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, call 401-455-8041 or like us on Facebook at ALL Access in the Libraries.

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Providence Public Library Featured in 2014 ArtRI Series

Art in Libraries, one in a four-part series, aired this spring on RI PBS.

See art in the Providence Public Library, as well as the Providence Athenaeum, in Art in Libraries. The entire Season 3 of Art Rhode Island is also viewable.

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PPL Presents a Family History Workshop Series through September

Come and get a basic understanding of how to research your own genealogy and document your family stories!

The PPL Rhode Island Collection will present a series of five free workshops from January through September. Come to one or all. Get all details and register. Space limited.

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Starting a Small Business? Check out the Library's Free Workshop Series!

Small Business Workshops at PPL are free, offered in conjunction with RI SCORE.

Call our Business Librarian at 455-8005 to ask about the next workshop at the Library. Visit our Business & Workforce Center for more resources and services.

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Tour Providence Public Library

Take a guided architectural tour of our historic library every first and third Tuesday of the month.

We invite you to visit and learn about this architectural gem at the heart of our community, along with our unique and special collections, including the Rhode Island Collection.

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Providence Public Library...Building for the Ages

View the story of our 113-year-old library's magnificant restoration.

We invite you on a stroll through time, from the Library's first days to today, and to take a peek at our newly restored historic building.

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Have You Visited Our Chace Children's Discovery Library Yet!

A world of imagination and storymaking awaits.

Offering Rhode Island children and families countless opportunities for exploration and joyful learning experiences.   CHECK IT OUT!

 

Made possible by a generous donation of the Chace Family and the Providence Public Library Foundation.

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Take a free computer class at the Library.

Computer classes are offered in three categories...

Web Technologies for Small Businesses, Lifestyle Web Technologies, and Personal Productivity Computer Classes for all levels. Call us at 455-8026 to register for a free computer/technology class or sign up online.

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PPL Cradle to Crayons Program: for 1 to 3 year-olds & families

Tuesdays, 9:45 am and 10:45 am; Fridays at 10:30 am

Program combines time for play and socialization with a story time that includes movement, songs, finger plays and wonderful children’s literature. Come join in the fun!  Check out our VIDEO.

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Rhode Island Civil War Ephemera

Explore PPL's Caleb Fiske Harris Collection on the Civil War and Slavery in this online exhibit.

The Caleb Fiske Harris Collection on the Civil War and Slavery is the largest of PPL's Special Collections.

View Exhibition & Images

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Researching your family history? Try Ancestry.com at the Library!

Start your search at the Library...

...check with our Reference librarians to learn about our genealogical databases (including Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest) and other resources.

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New Event in Providence!

THIS HALLOWEEN - October 31

A one-of-a-kind,

arts-inspired adventure

 presented by TEN31 at PPL

with Russell Morin Fine Catering.

 

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