September 2019 -- News & Upcoming Events
2020 Creative Fellowship: Call for Proposals!

We're now accepting proposals for PPL's 2020 Creative Fellowship! We're looking for an artist working in the field of music or sound to create new work on the theme of Journalism, as part of the Library’s 2020 Exhibition & Program series tentatively titled “The King Is Dead.”

We are accepting proposals for the 2020 Creative Fellowship through October 1, 2019 .

Books Are Back!

  • OUR ADULT BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR HOLDS! Our adult fiction and nonfiction books are back from storage and are available to fill holds. DVDs, music CDs, children's, and teen materials in storage will remain unavailable until a later date.
  • We ask that you please use the catalog ( to find and request items. Our staff will pull items daily to fill online requests.
Fall Teen Squad Programs Begin this Month!

Still time to sign up! These courses run mid-September through mid-December.

Rhode Coders 2.0
This course provides a foundation of web-development programming and coding for students with no or some previous coding experience. Students learn HTML, CSS, programming fundamentals and core JavaScript using a fun and game-oriented approach. Participants in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to earn .5 high school credit through the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) Advanced Coursework Network initiative.

Data Navigators 2.0
This course for youth is adapted from our 10-week Data Navigators course for adults interested in exploring how to transform data into actionable information. Having the skills to turn raw data into actionable information is becoming increasingly necessary in the expanding world of big data. Youth will learn data analytics basics, including 1) Posing a question 2) Collecting relevant data 3) Cleaning the data using spreadsheet software 4) Visualizing that data using Tableau and 5) Analyzing data for insightful trends and correlations. As part of a partnership with Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College, youth final projects and visualizations included healthcare related data and youth earned credit through their school.

Fall Small Business Workshop Series Begins Sept. 21

Saturdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
PPL Ship Room

Get the basics to start a small business through this FREE informational workshop series presented by PPL and RI SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). RI SCORE  counselors discuss the various aspects of planning and owning a business. PPL staff discuss print and electronic resources available at the Library to research your business and marketing plan.

Registration is required. Please check our  calendar for information and to sign up. You may sign up for one or all sessions! Contact Ann Poulos with questions (Please put “Attention: Ann P” in the subject line) or call 401-455-8005.
Schedule of Workshops
Sept 21 — Where Do I Begin? - Administrative & Legal Considerations
Sept 28 — Grow Your Book of Business - Marketing for Start-ups & Established Businesses
Oct 5 — It’s Who THEY Know that Counts -   The Art & Science of Power Networking
Oct 12 — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies - The World is Online  
Oct 19 — Show Me the Money Part 1 - Taxes for the Small Business
NOTE: There will be no class on October 26.
Nov 2 — Show Me the Money Part 2 - Accounting for the Small Business  
Nov 9 — Discovering Your Business Model Part 1 -   Starting Your Business Plan
Nov 16 — Discovering Your Business Model Part 2-   Finalizing Your Business Plan

Your Heart, My Hands with Dr. Arun Singh

Thursday, September 26
Doors open at 5:30 pm
PPL Ship Room

Join us as we welcome one of the most prolific heart surgeons in American history, Arun K. Singh, MD, to speak about his life and new memoir, Your Heart, My Hands .

Dr. Singh, who recently retired from active surgery, will speak about his remarkable journey from being a young boy with dyslexia and recovering from temporary paralysis of his dominant hand at age seven to becoming a distinguished surgeon whose career in the operating room has spanned 41 years, touching innumerable hearts and lives in the process. In Your Heart, My Hands , Dr. Singh talks about his personal pain, growing up in two different worlds, the life of an immigrant in the 60s and 70s and how he and his patients impacted each others’ lives.

*This event is free and open to the public! Dr. Singh will be available to sign books at the conclusion of his talk.
**Attendees who donate $25 or more to PPL at the event will receive a hardcover copy of Your Heart, My Hands !

Learn more about the book at .

Historical/Architectural Building Tours

First & Third Tuesdays at 11 am

Learn about our historic buildings and get a sneak peek into our construction!

PPL opened its classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century American architecture.

The Library's Empire Street building, now being transformed through an historic $25 million renovation, was added in 1954. We invite you to visit and learn all about this architectural gem at the heart of our community, and to see the exciting work and how we are THINKING AGAIN about library service and the future of our building!

Meet at the Library's historic 225 Washington Street entrance. Tour runs approximately one hour or more. If street parking, plan accordingly.

Check out our construction progress online.
Find our  latest updates  on our renovations.


The Nature of Things Book Club at PPL!

Weds, September 25 | 7 - 8 pm
PPL Ship Room

In August & September, the group is reading:   She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer

October's title is: Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright

This group meets the last Wednesday of every month. Join us...all are welcome!

Are you curious by nature? Do you wonder about the world around you?
Join the newest PPL book club  to explore our fascinating world and discover all there is to know! Members choose non-fiction titles to pique our curiosity and lead us to amazing discoveries. Copies of each month’s title will be available for check-out at PPL’s service desk in the Rhode Island Room. For more information contact Tien Tran:

Interested in other library book clubs? Check us out at Book Clubs at PPL

Beginning Sunday, October 6 | 2 pm

Our Family Learning Sunday programs will be held in the Pavilion at Grace Episcopal Church, 300 Westminster Street, Providence

We will be kicking off our 2019-20 Family Learning Sunday series with a Theater and Movement workshop lead by Dayane Araujo. The Theater program includes traditional theater games, music and movement that enhance the senses and improve body, mind and spirit wellness. The activities are fun and engaging and perfect for children and families.

Can't make it to this one? Family Learning Sundays continue through May on the first Sunday of the month at 2 pm. Join us for a variety to interactive offerings including music, dance, science and art! Look for a full schedule soon at