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Sonic Nantucket Sleighride -- The Whale Guitar

On Exhibit at PPL April 24 - June 5 in the Special Collections Gallery (3rd Floor)

Join us for the Opening Show, where the guitar will be unveiled and have its first public playing!

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Join Us! Film Screening & Panel Discussion at PPL

OUT OF PRINT illuminates the turbulent and exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution.

Co-sponsored by Providence Public Library and the Rhode Island Center for the Book.

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Join us for a Rhode Island Film Premiere - May 11!

Providence Public Library Auditorium (3rd Floor)

“The Great Confusion" features more than 60 works by American and European painters and sculptors and probes deeply into the history of how the show was organized.

Produced by 217 Films.  Written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras.  Executive Producer Terri Templeton.  2013.  NR.  90 Minutes.  www.two17films.com

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PPL Presents a Family History Workshop Series Beginning in January

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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ON EXHIBIT: Giambattista Bodoni at PPL -- Feb. 27 - mid-April

Opening February 27 with a lecture by world-renowned type designer Matthew Carter.

The exhibition will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the great typographer’s death. On display will be materials from PPL's Updike Printing Collection, which contains one of the finest Bodoni collections in the U.S.

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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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Free Spring Technology Programs

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Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll

Next in Series: Thursday, April 24!


 

Join us this spring as we look at the development of American Rock 'n' Roll, from the 1950s through the late 1970s.

Also, two special programs in May!

 

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