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Providence Public Library is home to hundreds of thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, book clubs and much more.

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ProvLibDigital is our home for selected items from our collection that have been digitized. Although it represents just a small portion of our collection, so far we've made more than 14,500 images available online.

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Book Clubs at PPL

Special thanks to the Regency Plaza for generously hosting the following 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!   |   2019-20 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 blilienthal@provlib.org.

History Hijinks Book Club at PPL 

Meets the 1st Monday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Registration required.
7:00 - 8:00 pm
One Regency Plaza, Providence (Conference Room)
To register, email or call Anne Mulready: annemulready@aol.com; 401-453-6163.

The group's October 2019 book is: Heirs of the Founders:  The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster,   The Second Generation of American Giants by HW Brands.

In November 2019, the group will read The Pioneers:  The Heroic Story of the Settlers who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough.


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.

For more information, contact Tien Tran at ttran@provlib.org.

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