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Fri 4/25, 7pm: Sixteenth Annual Philbrick Poetry Project Reading: Celebrating the Legacy of Charles and Deborah Philbrick. The Philbrick Poetry Project is named for long-time Athenaeum members Charles Philbrick, a noted poet, and his wife Deborah, a mentor to many poets, and fosters the art of poetry in RI and New England. Join us to learn about and celebrate their lives, work, and legacy in New England.

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The Aurea concert scheduled for Monday, April 28 has been canceled. Sadly, we received news that Charles Sherba passed away on April 19th after a long, valiant fight with cancer. We are grateful to have been touched, as were so many other individuals and organizations, by his generous and too brief life.  A concert tribute in celebration of his life will be held at a later date; we will make details known when they are available.

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The Providence Athenaeum, a unique independent, member-supported library and cultural center, welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation. It offers a wide range of experiences by providing and conserving extraordinary collections, offering innovative and compelling programs, promoting and collaborating with the community's vibrant cultural sector, and highlighting and preserving its historic building.


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The stately stone of the granite exterior opens to the warmth of wood as you enter the Athenaeum. Starting at your feet and towering overhead, books envelop you in winding canyons, deep ravines, and hidden culs-de-sac of bound paper, centuries of stories, voices, and ideas waiting to be rediscovered...

More than a place for books, the Athenaeum itself has the transcendental power of the best literature. The library holds the intrigue of a great mystery, the history of a non-fictional epic, and the delicious escape of a fiction title. We welcome visitors and members to come in and enjoy the Athenaeum's ongoing story for themselves!

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