Programs for Adults

Special Presentations

Biking with Tom Nyzio

July 18, Monday 6:30-8 pm

Tom will bring a bike and speak about biking in RI: how to maintain equipment, bicycle safety, riding in traffic, helmets, and problem issues such as a flat tire, falls, etc.

One Pot Meal

August 9 Tuesday 3:30 – 5 pm

Kevin Broccoli has been experimenting with this easy and quick way to make a delicious, hearty meal in no time flat. Back by popular demand, the 2nd program this year. And you’ll get a tiny taste. Limit of 12.

Tai chi for Beginners

Mondays, August 15 & 22, 6-7 pm

Alan Knight will start you out right with a beginning Tai chi class, held in the Meeting Room downstairs. Limit of 9.

Yoga with Susan

August 16 Tuesday 6-7:15 pm

Susan Derderian, certified yoga instructor from Pyramid Yoga. For beginners and experienced. Limit of 12. This program is currently full. Ask to be on the wait list.

Paper Artistry

August 17 Wednesday 6-8 pm

Carolyn Leone, renowned instructor of paper crafts will have her 3rd and final presentation this year. Don’t miss the fun.

How to Talk About Slavery in 2016

Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 PM

During this engaging program, historian and former State Representative Ray Rickman will explain the economic basis of slavery and its African origins. He will provide detailed information on how many Rhode Islanders were involved and how it elevated the entire economy of the State of Rhode Island.

Book Discussions

Book Discussion with Grayce

July 25, Monday 6:30-8 pm

July 26, Tuesday 2- 3:30 pm

Sex on the Moon: the Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History, by Ben Mezrich

Book Discussion with Paul Caranci

*new date: August 1, Monday 6:30- 8 pm

Scoundrels: Defining Corruption through Tales of Political Intrigue in Rhode Island

Women's Book Discussion

August 24 Wednesday 3-5 pm

4th Annual Women’s Discussion. This year’s topic is “Doomed Queens.” Book choices related to the topic are available at Reference. No Limit.

Fiction Book Discussions

With staff fiction specialist Kevin Broccoli

For more information contact Kevin.

Computer Help

You can request on-the-spot basic help using our computers and other technology. We also offer workshops.

Knitting Group

Friday, 10 am to noon

Join a regular group of people who gather to knit together, most Fridays from 10am until noon. See calendar or call to confirm.

colored pencils Coloring for Grownups

Every Monday from 6-8 pm

Enjoy a therapeutic, relaxing and enjoyable evening. Many choices of designs including stylized drawings, florals, mandalas along with 100 beautiful markers and 100 colored pencils to choose from. Come early or late: the program is FREE!

Games Night

Tuesdays, 6-8 pm

Play board games.


Genealogy Group

Meets usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm. Free and open to the public. New topics each month are outlined in the Genealogy newletter.

For more information about the Genealogy Group and to receive the monthly newsletter email gmoorehead at or contact the reference desk.

July 13, Wednesday 4:30

"Get the Goods on Google" - tips and tricks for Searching.

August 10 Wednesday

4:30 Chat and ask questions about anything ancestry related.

5:30 Italian Genealogy - Noted Italian Genealogist Barbara Carroll will pass along tips on how to best search for all your Italian relatives. No limit.

Literary Readings

heartbooksPlay Reading Series

On the last Tuesday of every month, we bring in local actors to read a fantastic piece of theater. We've read everything from Chekhov to brand new plays.

For more information contact Kevin.

On Display

Historic photographs and other memorabilia from the Johnston Public School system. Prepared by Lou McGowan of the Johnston Historical Society.

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