Participants in an adult literacy program at Providence Public Library


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

Tuesday Brown Bag Book Club at PPL!   |   2017-18 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.

Empire Club

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Plug in at PPL for lively, challenging and provocative conversations. Sign up to receive regular program updates and notices.

Community Connectors

Community Connectors is a partnership among participating libraries, RIFLI, The RI Coalition for the Homeless, and House of Hope to bring services to people in need. Community Connectors are able to help link PPL patrons to community resources and services such as housing applications and appeals, benefit assistance (SNAP, GPA, WIC, SSI/SSDI, etc.), food/shelter assistance (soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, etc.), and recovery supports. The Connectors can also assist patrons with getting insurance and finding doctors, completing paperwork (from DHS, Social Security, etc.), dealing with landlord/tenant disputes, and connecting to legal help.

Community Connectors is open Monday through Friday from 12:30 - 4:30 pm.