Adult program


Enrichment opportunities for all Rhode Islanders.

Adult learners can turn to PPL to meet their lifelong learning and continuing education goals and aspirations.

Consistent with the Library's mission to engage learners, inspire thinkers and connect diverse communities, PPL seeks to provide adults with a spectrum of personal enrichment and professional development opportunities, from book clubs to multi-session workshops.

We offer diverse free programs, lectures, presentations, and classes through varied partnerships and collaborative initiatives with other libraries, nonprofit organizations and state agencies, and with a range of philanthropic and corporate support.

In addition, we are focused on developing and offering high-impact technology training and workforce development opportunities to aid those seeking economic advancement.  For adults in need of literacy services, the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) based at PPL is a free, nationally recognized ESL, citizenship preparation, workforce development and family literacy program offering programs at several public libraries in Rhode Island.

Book Clubs at PPL

Special thanks to the Regency Plaza for generously hosting our book clubs during our renovations! Both clubs will now meet in spaces at One Regency Plaza until further notice.

Tuesday Brown Bag Book Club at PPL!   |   2020-2021 selections
This group meets the last Tuesday of every month at 12 Noon. Join us...all are welcome! Bring your book suggestions and your lunch -- we'll provide the beverages and the books! Contact Bonnie Lilienthal at 455-8025 to register or email

History Hijinks Book Club at PPL
Meets the 1st Monday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Registration required.
7:00 - 8:00 pm
150 Empire Street, Providence (Trustees Room, 3rd Floor)
To register, email or call Anne Mulready:; 401-453-6163.


The Nature of Things Book Club at PPL!

This group meets the last Wednesday of every month from 7 - 8 pm in our Ship Room, 1st Floor. Join us...all are welcome!

Are you curious by nature? Do you wonder about the world around you?

Join the newest PPL book club to explore our fascinating world and discover all there is to know! Members choose non-fiction titles to pique our curiosity and lead us to amazing discoveries. Copies of each month’s title will be available for check-out at PPL’s service desk in the Rhode Island Room.

Current, past, and upcoming titles can be found here. Chat continues on the book club's private Discord server. Register below or email for more info.

Bring your book suggestions to the first meeting!

Learning Circles

Community and Peer Learning

Learning circles are a form of group learning and community building. Similar to a book club, the group meets regularly to work on an online course or digital resources together and in person. With the guidance of a learning facilitator, participants engage in discussions about the learning topic, exchange ideas, ask questions, and support one another. Learning Circles at PPL typically meet for 1.5–2 hours a week for six to twelve weeks.

Your input is needed to determine future Learning Circles!

Providence Public Library offers learning circles throughout the year. If you’d like to join or facilitate a learning circle, tell us what you are interested in learning!