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The Fall 2019 season is generously sponsored by Bank of America.

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Fiddle N’ Fun Music Experience

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

Who says a library has to be quiet with a capital Q? Not us! Let’s make some joyful noise with an exciting interactive musical performance…

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Banned Books Live

Tue, September 24, 5:00pm- 7pm

The American Civil Liberties Union of RI (ACLU) and the Athenæum invite you to celebrate the power of freedom and the written word during the…

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The Athenæum presents Colson Whitehead!

Fri, September 27, 6:00pm- 8pm

This event has reached capacity due to extraordinary demand. Additional seats may be released closer to the program. Please check back and sign up for…

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Fri, October 4, 5:00pm- 7pm

Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm tells the amazing story of the daring wildlife experiment of Isabella Tree and her husband, conservationist Sir Charles Burrell:…

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Halloween Magic

Sat, October 5, 10:00am- 11am

Magic is everywhere, especially in October and always here at the Athenæum! We’re getting a head start on Halloween with a lively morning of magic…

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Providence Children’s Film Festival Jury Night

Wed, October 9, 6:00pm- 8pm

Providence Children’s Film Festival is seeking open, analytical minds of ALL ages to watch and discuss films submitted for Festival consideration. Prepare to give more…

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Politics & the Media

Thu, October 10, 5:00pm- 7pm

The Athenæum and The Public’s Radio host a lively discussion on politics and the media in the 2020 Presidential Election, moderated by political reporter Ian…

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Mike Stanton

Fri, October 18, 5:00pm- 7pm

Hear how author and journalist Mike Stanton delved into Providence – and American – history to bring to life two pugilistic figures, former Providence Mayor…

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A Walt Whitman Celebration!

Sat, October 19, 11:00am- 3pm

It’s a day full of all things Whitman! Drop in to celebrate yourself, the man of the hour, and the opening of the Poet of…

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Little Pumpkins Party

Thu, October 24, 4:00pm- 5pm

It’s time for the littlest pumpkins to hop off the pumpkin vine, zip into their costumes, and roll over here to the library where we…

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Becoming Whitman

Fri, October 25, 5:00pm- 7pm

How did a carpenter’s son, grammar school dropout, and sometime hack writer become America’s poet? Scholar Karen Karbiener traces the extraordinary transformation of Walter Whitman…

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Monuments & Memory

Fri, November 1, 5:00pm- 7pm

After roughly 150 years, Americans are still fighting the Civil War – at least perceptions of the Civil War. The Confederacy cast a long shadow…

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