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Be there for PPL's Summer Reading Program Kick-off June 25!

There's magic in the air with The Great Baldini!

Read this summer to earn raffle tickets, discount coupons, prizes, free books!

We'll have Game Nights, Open Drawing Studio, Family Nights, Super Hero Training Camp & Movies...Link up now for Providence Schools Reading Lists.




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Teen Tech Squad: Music Venues, Then & Now

Open to teens in grades 7th - 12th.

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On Exhibit, July-September: Iterations, from Paris to Providence

See our latest exhibit...

on display from July through September. Iterations features vivid pochoir prints from our collection of early 20th century pattern and design books, displayed alongside original works from local artists.

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Mobile Printing @ the Library

NEW -- Mobile & Wireless Printing!

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Check out our Listen Up Station!

Check it out! Listen to our music, the "old-fashioned" way!

While you're at it, go to our Don't Stop the Music site and "record" your own music memories! #ListenUp, #RIMusic

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AskRI.org has the answers to your questions


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Happy Anniversary Providence Public Library!

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

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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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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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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.

July 2015

Holiday Closure & New Hours

  • The Library will be closed Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. Beginning July 8, the Library will be open on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 8:30 pm and our Thursday hours will change to 12:30 - 5:30 pm.

2015 Summer Reading Program


Book lists, fun family programs and more await you at the Library!



Check in our Children's Library for a complete schedule of our summer programs & activities.

Earn prizes for reading!

Come in & Sign Up NOW

for Summer Reading fun!

Teens: Join Our Tech Squad!

Teens -- in 7th - 12th grade...

it's your chance to explore historic Providence music venues and learn some great tech skills this summer!

HURRY! Program begins July 8


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