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


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ESU Shakespeare Recitation Competition

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

“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- 4:00pm

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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Bibliomania Exhibit Opening

Sat, March 7, 1:00pm- 3:00pm

Celebrate the opening of the Bibliomania exhibition at an open house for all ages. Curator-led tours will be offered. Drop-in for craft projects, nibbles, and printing demonstrations from DWRI…

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Irish Dance Performance with Tir Na Nog

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

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- 12:00pm

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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Poetry Out Loud

Fri, April 3, 5:00pm- 7:00pm

Rhode Island Poetry Out Loud finalists read classic poems at the Athenæum’s annual poetry event dedicated to the memory of Charles and Deborah Philbrick and to fostering…

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Animated Picture Books & Crafts

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

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- 4:30pm

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- 4:30pm

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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Garden Party & Open House

Sat, May 16, 1:00pm- 3:00pm

Celebrate the end of the season and a very special unveiling of some additions to the library’s Art Collection. Staff-led tours and family activities will…

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