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Center for Lifelong Learning at PPL
Learning is not attained by chance,
it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
Abigail Adams (1780)
Providing lifelong education opportunities for all Rhode Islanders
Whether for personal enrichment or professional development, learners can turn to the Providence Public Library to meet their lifelong learning and continuing education needs and goals.
Consistent with the Library's mission to inspire lifelong education among all Rhode Islanders, fostering personal fulfillment and enhanced quality of life for an informed, enlightened and engaged citizenry, the Center for Lifelong Learning at PPL seeks to provide a spectrum of informative, cultural and historical educational opportunities to learners of all ages and backgrounds.
We do this by offering diverse free or low cost programs, lectures, presentations, classes and workshops through varied partnerships and collaborative initiatives with other libraries, state agencies and nonprofit groups, and with a range of philanthropic support. Contact our program coordinator to discuss potential program collaborations.
Center for Lifelong Learning at PPL - Current Programs Offered
America's Music Series -- Films and Concerts (May & June)
Global Lens 2013 film series -- Please check our calendar for individual film details. Fall showings will be posted soon.
Listen To Your Mother: Providence is part of a national storytelling showcase celebrating motherhood. Join us for 12 local community members who will read their original stories about motherhood on stage at Providence Public Library on May 4 at 2 pm.
Book & Author Talks and Book Discussions (see our Event Calendar for upcoming programs)
Winter/Spring 2013 Book & Author Series -- featuring Rhode Island and area authors and their books
Workshops & Classes -- provide informal group learning opportunities on a range of subjects, from health and wellness, to writing, to business support.
Lectures -- on a broad variety of subject matter and featuring noted presenters and scholars from Rhode Island and beyond.
Performances -- often in conjunction with area musicians/performers, community groups, and cultural organizations, there's always something of interest to take in at the Library.
Exhibits -- showcasing the Library's, as well as the community's treasures, often in partnership or collaboration.
Film -- from classics to new features from the RI International Film Festival and other partnering organizations, take in a free or low cost show in the Library's Auditorium Theatre.