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Fall Exhibition: New Type

Explore new and one-of-a-kind additions to our Updike Collection!

The Daniel Berkeley Updike Collection at PPL is one of the country’s richest sources of typographical artifacts; each year we add new materials to make it even stronger.

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NEW! Movies and Documentaries for Film Lovers

Introducing Kanopy, a streaming video service, now free for PPL patrons!

Featured online collection focuses on the history of Providence's Fox Point Cape Verdean community.

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PPL's Digital Library

Two women wave goodbye to a German destroyer leaving Newport Harbor

Explore over 12,000 historic digital photographs, postcards, and more at PPL's Digital Library, ProvLibDigital.org.

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Now at PPL!

Did you know Mayor Elorza's free monthly code nights now happen here?

Join in on the second Wednesday of each month in our Providence Journal Rhode Island Room.

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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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AskRI.org has the answers to your questions


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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 455-8000 to register for a free computer/technology class or sign up online for one on one tech help.

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

Summer Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm & Thursdays, 1 - 4 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.

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Mobile Printing @ the Library

NEW -- Mobile & Wireless Printing!

September 2017

Return Engagement

Wed., Sept. 27 - 7 PM

Meet The 3 Foragers & Learn

About Mushroom Identification! 

Join a foraging family who hunt, photograph, identify and love to eat the fungi in New England.


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