Programs for Adults

Child’s Play: A Brief History of the Children of New England

Thursday, March 22 at 6 pm Geralyn Ducady of the Rhode Island Historical Society will lead you through the history of Children’s play in colonial New England through the present day. She will discuss how adults influenced and attempted to direct play based on the beliefs of the times, their attempts to contain play, and how children formed their own ideas of what play should be. She will also look at the use of commercial toys versus non-commercial “toys;” objects that are not toys being used in play. Perhaps you will find something familiar from your own youth and can share your memories of play.

Free and open to the public. Please register by emailing or calling (401) 231-4980.

Diggin' Your Roots, A Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, May 5th, 1 pm to 4 pm

Presenters Michelle Chiles from the Rhode Island Historical Society and Kate Wells from Providence Public Library will give a presentation to help you get started in genealogical research.

What is genealogy? How do you start to build your own family tree? This workshop will cover the basics to get you started. You'll learn basic research methods and work with free websites (or paper if you prefer!) to create your own family tree. You'll learn to search several free genealogical databases, learn about resources available to you at Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence Public Library, and in your own community and how to use what you find to document your family history. Basic comfort using a computer for online research is required.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

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. See the Genealogy page for for more information and newsletters, and to sign up for the Mohr Library Geneaolgy Group mailing list.

Click here for the March Genealogy Newsletter

Bloodhounds Mystery Book Club

An independent group of mystery lovers that meets once a month on the third Thursday at 1 pm, usually in the meeting room. Reading list for the coming year. Ask Kevin for more information or email

Weekly Programs

Italian Language

Saturdays, Advanced class at 9:30 am, Beginners at 10:30 am

Joseph Giampaoli leads a free class in Italian. Call for more information and to register.

Monday Night Coloring for Grownups

Every Monday from 6-8 pm

Enjoy a therapeutic, relaxing, and enjoyable evening of coloring. There are many choices of designs, including stylized drawings, florals, and mandalas, along with markers and colored pencils. Come early or late. The program is free.

Friday Morning Knitting Group

Friday, 10 am to noon

All are welcome.

Computer Help

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

For more information about the library, or to receive email notices of library events, contact us.