Programs for Adults

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.

Special program: Roger Williams Family Association

Wednesday, May 9th at 5:30

Following the monthly 4:30 meeting of the Genealogy Group, also open to all

All Rhode Islanders can learn more from the Roger Williams Family Association, not just those who claim heritage to the founder of Rhode Island in 1636, Roger Williams himself. Learn a bit of history of our state and then if you are related to Roger Williams, how to join the association and all your relatives!

Fats Waller: a Talk by Lloyd Kaplan

Saturday, June 2 at 3 pm

Rhode Island Music Hall of Famer, musician and scholar Lloyd Kaplan talks about Fats Waller, as a precursor to an upcoming performance by the Aristocats, exactly two weeks later.

Colin Carlton

Tuesday, June 12th at 6pm

Meet science fiction author Colin Carlton

Lloyd Kaplan and the Aristocats play Fats Waller

Saturday, June 16 at 3 pm

Perennial favorites Lloyd Kaplan and the Aristocats play a free concert focusing on Fats Waller. You might also be interested in the lecture exactly two weeks earlier.

Gluten-Free Cooking

With samples, pamphlets and a book by the presenter

Tuesday, June 19th at 6 pm

Lucie Contente has researched gluten-free cooking, developed recipes, and written about it. She'll have a copy of her book on hand as well as other literature, and will bring samples of her cooking.

Roberta Mudge Humble: Sing Rhode Island

Tuesday, June 26th at 6 pm

This new presentation will have the audience learning, laughing, and singing along to famous tunes with brand new lyrics – about Rhode Island. The songs include Rhode Island sports, dining, firsts & bests, state styles, entertainment, history, opinion, and more. Listen, sing and smile. PowerPoint is used to show lyrics and pictures. Songs heard are sung by Maria Tavarozzi and played (keyboard) by Kevin Keough.

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 May 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.

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