Programs for Adults

Special Presentations


A musical trio, in the library

May 4, 2017, Thursday at 6:30 pm

From Strauss Waltzes, Broadway, Gypsy Jazz, Blues and more, Plectoria, featuring one mandolin and two guitars, will present a program for an enjoyable night of music for all ages.

Thomas Greene Curator of the Philatelic Collections in the John Hay Library at Brown, North Providence Town Historian. For 30 years was Warwick Public Schools Music Department Head, while also Adjunct Professor of Guitar & Lute at URI, RIC, Brown & Boston University and then Music History teacher at CCRI. He’s lectured, performed, and published numerous books on music as well as his varied interests in history.

Maria Magnelli-Arsenault was the last mandolin student of composer/mandolin virtuoso, Giuseppe Pettine and then, switching to the violin, graduated from The Boston Conservatory. She taught music and elementary education in Massachusetts & Johnston RI, and has participated in concerts and orchestras.

Mike Magnelli was guitarist for Burt Bacharach's Promises Promises, guitarist & assistant conductor for the Broadway musical 'Grease' with John Travolta, longtime guitarist & arranger for Frank Sinatra Jr., and guitar player for the musical 'Fiddler on the Roof starring Theodore Bikel. He has backed vocalists such as Johnny Mathis, Mitzi Gaynor, Donald O'Connor Joel Grey, Buddy Greco and has worked as guitarist for many of the top society orchestras such as Lester Lanin and Peter Duchin.


  • I Want to be Happy by Youmans/Caesar
  • Masterpiece Theater by Jean Joseph Mouret
  • Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss
  • Roses from the South by Johann Strauss
  • When You Wish Upon A Star by Harline/Washington
  • Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega
  • Blues in the Closet by Oscar Pettiford
  • Maria Elena by Lorenzo Barcelata
  • La Gitane by Tchan Tchou Vidal
  • Barcarola by Giuseppe Pettine
  • 12th Street Rag by Euday L.Bowman

Make a Paper Vase with Carolyn Leone

May 17, Wednesday at 5:30 pm

Yet another program in our Annual Paper Artistry Series. Talented paper artist Carolyn Leone will teach a decorative faceted paper container that can hold a common household glass container such as vinegar bottles or wine bottles so you can display flowers -- such a fancy gift container, too. Limited to 12 participants See Grayce at Reference.

Container Gardening

presented by Connie Jacavone

May 18 at 6:30 pm

Monthly Programs

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.

Bookery and Cookery

3rd Tuesday of the month from 1 to 3 pm

Discuss cookbooks, chefs, foods, and other topics, and share food from recipes related to the month's topic. Each participant makes food at home from a recipe for 6, and brings a plate, silverware, and cup. We try all the food while discussing and evaluating the recipes. This free program is limited to 12. For more information or to sign up contact the Reference staff.

February 21 Lidia!

March 21 A Nationality!

April 18 Appetizers

May 16 Barbeque!

June 20 Ingredient Challenge 

Film Trips

The library will be coordinating trips to watch films in theaters and discuss afterwards. Participants must provide own transportation. Time announced the week of the trip.

For more information or to sign up, contact Kevin.

Feb. 9th at noon "The Space Between Us" March 9th at 12 pm "Beauty and the Beast"

Play Readings

Last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm

Actors gather to read from a new play each month. Ask Kevin for more information.

Fiction Book Discussion

With staff fiction specialist Kevin Broccoli. Ask Kevin at the Circulation Desk to put a hold on the book for you, and we'll see you there. No registration required!

Tuesday, February 7th at 3:00 pm The Nix by Nathan Hill

March 7th at 3 pm Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Bloodhounds Mystery Book Club

An independent group of mystery lovers. Kevin can provide more information.

February 16th at 3 pm Fallen by Karin Slaughter March 16th at 3 pm Devil Red by Joe R. Lansdale

Weekly Programs

Italian Language

Joseph Giampaoli leads a multi-week class in Italian -- both speaking and grammar. Each class will build on what is learned in the previous class. Materials and humor are provided. Class is FREE. Contact Grayce at Reference for more information.

Monday Night Coloring for Grownups

Every Monday from 6-8 pm

Join a group of patrons who enjoy coloring with pencils, markers and gel pens. All materials supplied. From coloring books that the library owns, you will select a black and white drawing, and copy that drawing onto special heavy paper that takes the coloring materials well. Enjoy the company of other participants in this fascinating, therapeutic, stress relieving hobby.

Friday Morning 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.

Computer Help

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

On Display

Folios from the collection of Ralph S. Mohr, including a detailed atlas of civil war battles, and colored illustrations of military uniforms from the 19th and early 20th century.

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