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All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

The Spring 2020 season is generously sponsored by the Providence Tourism Council & Bank of America.


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An Afternoon with TinTin

Sat, January 25, 3:00pm- 4pm

“Great Snakes!” TinTin turns 91 on January 11th and that is as good of an excuse as any to celebrate this ageless detective, his dog…

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A Mysterious Affair

Thu, January 30, 7:00pm- 10pm

On January 30th, don your deerstalker hat, polish your monocle, twirl your mustaches, brush off your furs, and stroll onto the scene of a 1920s…

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Victorian Valentine Crafting

Sat, February 8, 3:00pm- 4pm

Bring on the ribbons, lace, and love! Join us for a one-of-a-kind intergenerational craft program. Delve into the history of the American Valentine and its…

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PCFF 2020 Screenings

Tue, February 18, 10:30am- 2pm

The Providence Athenæum is delighted to celebrate 11 years as an original partner and supporter of the nationally known Providence Children’s Film Festival, and we…

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ESU Shakespeare Recitation Competition

Sun, February 23, 2:30pm- 3pm

“Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.” William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida Each year the English Speaking Union of the United States…

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RISD Illustration Stars

Sat, February 29, 3:00pm- 4pm

Each year, RISD Illustration majors spend a semester in a remarkable course called Picture and Word. For their final project each student presents a picture…

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Irish Dance Performance with Tir Na Nog

Sat, March 14, 11:00am- 12pm

St. Patrick’s Day is around the next corner, and spring is not far behind, so we’re calling all elves, fairies, and leprechauns to join us…

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Sat, March 21, 11:00am- 12pm

Spring up and start dancing with our good friends the Rock-A-Baby crew! This beloved trio is famous for their classes and performances for infants and…

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Animated Picture Books & Crafts

Sat, April 4, 11:00am- 12pm

Join us for a morning of animated short films based on the classic picture books of Leo Lionni. Favorite stories like Frederick, Swimmy, and others…

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Dave Marchetti’s Animal Experiences

Sat, April 18, 3:30pm- 4pm

Come have a wild time at the library! Our good friend Dave Marchetti and his travelling menagerie will once again turn our Reading Room into…

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Pressed Flower Creations

Sat, May 2, 3:00pm- 4pm

Come enjoy the charming short film Linnea in Monet’s Garden and be inspired to try your hand at crafting cards, notes, or bookmarks using lovely…

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