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PPL Alum

PPL welcomes individuals from all walks of life and each has a unique story to tell — stories that illustrate the positive impact our library makes in the lives of those we serve. Stories that YOU make possible!
Meet some of our PPL Alum.

Nancy Cole Marion
I grew up in Warwick, RI, so I used PPL for reading and research. In 2014, I wrote a book for my family based on my mom’s 1929 diary. I was in contact with Kate Wells (of PPL’s Rhode Island Collection) and she was able to procure two 1929 articles and pictures for me based ...
Mark B. Kelley
I first visited PPL to perform research at the Nicholson Whaling Collection as a PhD candidate at the University of California – San Diego. I have since visited PPL on three research trips. PPL’s manuscripts and artifacts have been instrumental for my completed dissertation and ongoing book project, “Sentimental Seamen: Feeling Bodies in an American ...
Chris Lamothe
I’ve been a firefighter for 22 years, but I’ve always had other interests, including art and science.  I wouldn’t say I was ever into computers or technology.  I feel like it was something that came after my generation.  But, I guess I am kind of a geek…that’s what they call me at work.  I am ...