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‘Field’s Point’ Exhibit At Prov Public Library

Yeah, why are there so many forks in Narragansett Bay? The new exhibit at the Providence Public Library — “Filled In and Paved Over: Excavating the Layers of Field’s Point” — features fascinating artifacts and old photographs illuminating the evolution of this odd little point of land, originally an island. The point was named after …

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Sneak Peek At PPL Renovations

The Providence Public Library downtown is currently undergoing a $25 million renovation. The grand reopening had been scheduled for the end of March but a pandemic intervened and the state had to be put into an induced coma. Happily we can have a sneak peek courtesy of ProJo reporter Madeleine List, with the talented Sandor …

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Architectural Tours Of Downtown Library Building

Take a guided architectural tour of the Providence Public Library building downtown. Join us for a guided architectural tour of our historic 1900 library building at 10:30 am every first and third Tuesday of each month. Please meet at our 225 Washington Street entrance. The tour will last approximately one hour. Free, 10:30am to 11:30am, Tuesday, August …

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Ron McLarty Book Launch Sunday

Author Ron McLarty will return to his native Rhode Island to launch his fourth novel The Dropper about which Stephen King had this to say; Ron McLarty, who has proven himself a terrific storyteller in such books as The Memory of Running and Traveler, has outdone himself with The Dropper, a story where beauty and …

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Children’s Reading Event

Providence Public Library 1st Floor – The Children’s Room 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903 Thursday, December 30, 2010 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. In celebration of the generous donation from Fidelity Investments, WaterFire welcomes Steve Kidd, Education Director & Resident Actor of the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, to engage the audience with his reading of …

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Infinite History: Glass Negative Collection Goes Live Online And At The Library

On October 25th, Rhode Island Historical Society Graphic Archivist and Humanities Scholar Jim Damico will host a talk on his research into the glass negative collection at the Providence Public Library. From 6-8pm on Monday night, Damico, who has been working with volunteer members of the Paul Krot Community Darkroom, will discuss the local historical …

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This Time It’s About The Buildings, Actually

Back in July 2009, the Providence Public Library (PPL) agreed to hand over nine neighborhood libraries to the Providence Community Library (PCL), and the transition thusfar has been very successful.  There’s just one problem: the PPL still owns seven of the nine library buildings. The PPL won’t do any structural repairs on the buildings, and …

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Rediscovered: Glass Negatives From Special Collections Printed At AS220 Darkroom

The Paul Krot Community Darkroom at AS220 and the Providence Public Library are proud to present a public exhibition of photographic prints made from rare glass negatives found in the library’s Special Collections Department. The exhibition, funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, will bring iconic images of local life …

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Low-Budget and Comfy Too

No, I speak not of Crocs, but of how the Providence Public Library is showing free movies on Mondays through August 31st.  If nothing else, it’s a great time to take advantage of — ahhhhh — air conditioning.  If you’re free this afternoon, go quick like bunny to the Central Library on Empire Street, where The Golden …

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You Won’t Get Shushed

It’s been a week for concerts in weird places. First Route .44 and others filled City Hall’s beautiful but acoustically-challenged Council Chamber with tunes at I Heart Providence, and now Mark Cutler (The Schemers, The Raindogs) and Jimmy Berger and Bob Kirkman of Men of Great Courage are rockin’ & rootsin’ love songs at the …

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Providence Community Library Forums Start Tomorrow

If you’re interested in knowing what’s going to be happening to your local library branches after June 30th, you might want to check out the forums sponsored by the Providence Community Library over the next couple of weeks.  You can hear from both the Providence Community Library and members of the current Library system to …

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Poetry & Fiction Downtown This Thursday Eve

This Thursday, December 11, from 6:00-7:30pm, at Providence Public Library’s Central Library, 150 Empire Street, Downcity Providence, RI, we will host a group of poets & writers to read, sign, and otherwise socialize with all who can come to this free literary soiree. The event features poets Rosemarie Waldrop, Keith Waldrop, and Ray Ragosta, as …

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