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"Freedom Journey 1965" -- National Tour Launching at PPL November 12

An Exhibition of photographs by Stephen Somerstein captured during the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Alabama.

Roger Williams University and PPL have partnered to bring this extraordinary exhibition from the New-York Historical Society to Rhode Island. The historic and riveting images will launch its national tour at PPL on Thursday, Nov. 12.

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ON EXHIBIT: Acting Black -- Black Performing Arts in RI since the 1700s

Exploring the contributions Black artists have made to the performing arts, specifically on stage and screen, in Rhode Island.Ta

Take in this wonderful exhibit in our Providence Journal Rhode Island Room and 3rd Floor Exhibit cases through December 15.

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Happy Anniversary Providence Public Library!

Providing free, public library service to residents & all Rhode Island for 140 years.

Check out our 140-year history!

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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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Mobile Printing @ the Library

NEW -- Mobile & Wireless Printing!

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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 & Tuesdays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. A FREE program of ALL Access in the Libraries (www.allaccessri.org), made possible in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services. For more info, 401-455-8041 or like us on Facebook at ALL Access in the Libraries.

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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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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 for one on one tech help.

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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.

November 2015

Library Closing, No Children's Programs Friday

  • The Library will close at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 25 and will be closed on Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgving. Also, there will be no children's story time programs on Friday, November 27.

Book a Tech Session

Need help using your new Laptop or iPad? Want assistance attaching a resume to an email? 


Book a 30- or 60-minute appointment for one-on-one technology help at PPL @ 150 Empire St., 5th Floor!


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