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

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

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Meg Wolitzer

Fri, March 22, 6:00pm- 8pm

*PLEASE NOTE: This event will take place at the First Unitarian Church from 6-8pm. Registration is required for entry.* The Athenæum is proud to present…

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The Road Ahead

Fri, March 29, 5:00pm- 7pm

Presented with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum At the turn of the 20th century, our embrace of the automobile forever changed how we move people,…

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Meet a Live Raven!

Sat, March 30, 2:00pm- 3pm

You would have to be a pretty clever bird to want to hang out at the library! Join us in welcoming Zachariah, a real live…

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Gorham Silver

Fri, April 5, 5:00pm- 7pm

Presented with the RISD Museum Commissioned to create everything from public presentation pieces to one-of-a-kind showstoppers for use in the private dining rooms of America,…

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A Woodland Cinderella

Sat, April 6, 2:00pm- 3pm

Join us for an interactive puppet show by award-winning puppeteer Deborah Costine. In this new version of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella is a woodland…

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Gothic Poe-try Night

Thu, April 11, 5:30pm- 7pm

Join us for an evening of Gothic poetry and flash fiction in partnership with School One. There will be a reading of “The Raven” orated…

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House of Secrets

Fri, April 12, 5:00pm- 7pm

Allison Levy’s House of Secrets tells the remarkable story of Palazzo Rucellai from behind its celebrated façade. The house, beginning with its piecemeal assemblage by…

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Family Movie Night

Fri, April 12, 6:00pm- 8pm

It’s a bird? A plane? No it’s a MEATBALL! Come celebrate April silliness with the delightful animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs! Feel…

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Solid Seasons

Thu, April 18, 5:00pm- 7pm

Join Carol DeBoer-Langworthy in conversation with Jeffrey S. Cramer about his new book Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.…

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Dave Marchetti’s Animal Experiences

Sat, April 20, 2:30pm- 3pm

Join us for a wild afternoon with our friend Dave Marchetti and his travelling menagerie. The library will be transformed into an interactive animal habitat…

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21st Annual Philbrick Poetry Reading

Thu, April 25, 5:00pm- 7pm

Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes and Rhode Island Poet Laureate Tina Cane read from and discuss their work at the annual poetry event dedicated to the…

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A May Basket Workshop

Sat, April 27, 2:30pm- 3pm

Each year we invite children to participate in the charming tradition of crafting a May Basket to share with a friend. This time we would…

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