Additional Programs

Check out our additional upcoming programs for adults!


Notable Figures & Captivating Biographies
Tuesdays, June 28, July 26 & August 30, 2022, 2:00-3:30 pm

Join writer and retired Barrington educator Donna Bruno as she explores notable figures and remarkable biographies in this three-part series sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.

series of biography book covers

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 2:00-3:30 pm — ART
Session one will describe the lives and techniques of painters Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzales, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Pierre Auguste Renoir, John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper. From Impressionism to Post-Impressionism to Realism, particular paintings will be highlighted and paired with ekphrastic poetry.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 2:00-3:30 pm — PRESIDENTS
Session two will focus on three U.S. Presidents: little-known James Garfield, Theodore Roosevelt and George W. Bush. The books reviewed will be Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, The Cowboy President by Michael Blake, and Out of Many, One by George W. Bush.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 2:00-3:30 pm — WOMEN
Session three will chronicle women of substance including Christina Olson (artist Andrew Wyeth’s model); Anna Roosevelt, Sarah Churchill and Kathleen Harriman (the daughters of FDR, Winston Churchill and Averill Harriman, respectively); Cleopatra, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The women’s lives will be examined through the works; A Piece of the World by Christina Kline, The Daughters of Yalta by Catherine Katz, Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane De Hart.

for adults

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.

Location: Herreshoff Community Room


Colorful book spinesBook Chats
Wednesdays, June 29, July 27 & August 31, 2022, 6:30-8:00 pm

Join us for an informal meeting to chat about a book (or two) that you have recently read that you would like to recommend to others. There’s no assigned reading for this group! Simply come prepared to summarize your book selection and explain why you would recommend it. It can be fiction or nonfiction. Optional: If you have time to locate an excerpt to read aloud to the group – that would be welcome.

RSVP Required. Please register HERE.

for adults

Location: Upstairs Conference Room & Zoom


Bristol Slavery Timeline Primary Sources including last wills runaway slave advertisement and inventorySlavery Timeline Roundtable
Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm

Many people know that Bristol was deeply involved in the slave trade, but fewer are aware that the town was home to over 700 enslaved residents between 1680 and 1808. Please join Catherine Zipf and Courtney Garrity for a roundtable discussion of the findings of a project to document the lives of Bristol’s enslaved and of the research behind “A Timeline of the Enslaved in Bristol” currently on display at the library.

Catherine W. Zipf is the Executive Director of the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society (BH&PS). Courtney Garrity was a research intern for the BH&PS on the timeline project.

adults

Location: Upstairs Conference Room


collage image of a stream in the woods a person stamping a letterboxing stamp and letterboxing suppliesLetterboxing 101
Saturday, July 9, 2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you or your family love to hike, make art, participate in treasure hunts, solve puzzles, or all of the above? In this workshop you will learn about the history of letterboxing, what it entails, how to carve a signature stamp, the supplies you’ll need to get started and how to find clues online. Did you know there are a dozen boxes hidden right here in Bristol and hundreds within a fifteen mile drive?

Limited to 20 participants. RSVP required. Please register HERE.

individuals and families with children aged 5 & up

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.


Smartphone photograph by Cindy wilson image of house in background with yellow flowers in foregroundSmartphone Photography Class
Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 5:30-7:30 pm

The smart phone camera is always with us. Learn to unlock its controls and improve the quality of your images in this two-hour class led by Cindy Wilson.  We will learn through in-class explanations combined with outside, in-the-field practice. Please wear comfortable walking shoes! All smart phones and levels of experience are welcome!

Limited to 15 participants. RSVP required. Please register HERE.

Cindy Wilson began teaching photography to local classes and travel groups in 2009. She has led travel photography workshops in various locations in New England and around the world.

teens and adults

Location: Herreshoff Community Room & Outside (weather permitting)

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.


citizen science collage image of night sky swimming duck and bee on flowersParticipating in Citizen Science Projects
Saturday, July 23, 2022, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Citizen Science allows us all to actively participate in collecting scientific data on our natural world.  That data can then be used and interpreted by trained scientists (who value your contributions)! Would you like to learn how you can contribute to citizen science projects around the globe? The library is launching three new citizen science kits: Observing Pollinators, Exploring Biodiversity and Measuring Light in the Night Sky.  We will discuss how to use these kits, as well as the popular citizen science app, iNaturalist.  Then we will go out into the world and do a little exploring and data gathering! We’ll be joined by local naturalist and bird expert Colleen Donovan, as we walk the nearby bike path to make some nature observations. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your binoculars if you have them!

RSVP required. Please RSVP HERE.

all ages

Location: Herreshoff Community Room & Outside (weather permitting)

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.


image of raven courtesy of audubon society of rhode islandCrows and Ravens with Audubon
Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island presents Crows and Ravens. These fascinating birds are among the most intelligent of all the avian species. They are problem-solvers and team players that are able to take advantage of other animals, including humans, to benefit themselves. Join Audubon’s Director of Education Lauren Parmelee for an engaging presentation on the abilities and adaptations that make members of the Corvid family so successful around the world.

Participant questions are encouraged and welcome!

Limited to 40 participants. RSVP required. Please RSVP HERE.

adults, teens and children 8 & up

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.


Tomaquag Museum Talk: Who are the Eastern Woodland People?
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

A member of an Indigenous American tribe will teach the history, culture and arts of Eastern Woodland people. There will be cultural items for viewing and interacting with as well. Audience participation is welcome!

Limited to 45 participants. RSVP Required. Register HERE.

ages 8 & up

Location: Herreshoff Community Room


Local beekeeper suited up and holding part of hiveA Year in the Hive
Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm

While many of us have an interest and understanding of the summer activities of honeybees, it can be easy to overlook the intricate dynamic that takes place in a bee colony throughout the year. Join us for an intimate look at the social structure, activities and challenges that play out within a hive across the four seasons and the role that a beekeeper plays in keeping the hive alive.

Jennifer Bristol has been a beekeeper since 2013. She is a member of the RI Beekeepers Association and tends her hives at High Hopes Farm in Bristol.

teens and adults

Location: Herreshoff Community Room


image of hawk courtesy of audubon society of rhode islandHawks of Rhode Island with Audubon
Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island presents Hawks of Rhode Island. Hawks and other raptors are well-designed hunters of the sky. Lauren Parmelee, Director of Education at Audubon, will share the remarkable physical and behavioral adaptations of hawks, eagles and falcons and discuss the species that call Rhode Island home. A live hawk will be on-hand for participants to observe.

Participant questions are encouraged and welcome!

Limited to 40 participants. RSVP required. Please RSVP HERE.

adults, teens and children 8 & up

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.


microphone on purple background with lightsOpen Mic Night
Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Teens and adults come sing, play your music or read your poetry in a relaxed atmosphere! No sign up needed. Refreshments will be served.

Questions? Call Charlotte at the library or email her at cburnham@rogersfreelibrary.org. Limited to 60 attendees.

families, teens and adults

Location: Herreshoff Community Room