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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
Free Small Business Information Workshop Series at PPL, presented in conjunction with RI SCORE -- Two series each year offered in the spring and fall.
2017 Family History Workshop Series, Diggin' Your Roots is a full year of genealogy events presented with RI Historical Society
Family Learning Sundays -- for children 5-8 in age and their families
Adult Learning -- we invite you to visit our Learning Lounge on the 5th floor for a wealth of one-on-one learning opporunities in a relaxed setting!
Book & Author Talks and Book Discussions (see our Event Calendar for upcoming programs)
Providence Public Library Book Clubs
- History Hijinks Book Club
- Brown Bag Book Club | 2016-17 selections
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.
Tours -- take a free architectural tour of our historical 1900 building at 10:30 am the first and third Tuesday of each month and also plan to visit our Special Collections Department and our Rhode Island Collection. You may also visit us online.
Past Exhibition & Program Series
PORTALS: The History of the Future -- Check out our 2016 Exhibition & Program Series. We time traveled from February through July, and invited all adventurers to join us!
DON'T STOP THE MUSIC! -- PPL celebrated the history of music in Rhode Island in 2015! Visit our digital exhibition and RI Music History Timeline.