Additional Programs

Check out our additional upcoming programs for adults!


Elephant seal in a groupElephant Seals: Magnificent Diving Machines – A Virtual Talk
Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm

Elephant seals live at the extremes of both terrestrial and marine existence, diving deeper, traveling farther, and fasting for longer than any other seal. This presentation will examine how these amazing animals are capable of these feats, and will compare their abilities with those of our local seal species.

Dr. Paul Webb has been a member of the Marine Biology faculty at Roger Williams University for the past 22 years. He has studied seals on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, including harbor seals and northern elephant seals.

Please RSVP HERE for this virtual talk.

For teens and adults

Location: Zoom


Yellow road sign with text recovery ahead on blue sky backgroundA Community Conversation on Substance Use Disorders
Thursday, February 10, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm

This virtual conversation with specialists from the treatment and recovery community will focus on recognizing warning signs of substance use and mental health disorders and having difficult, but essential conversations with affected individuals. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their concerns about substance use in our community.

We will be joined by Thomas Joyce, Director of the East Bay Recovery Center, which is dedicated to empowering, encouraging and supporting individuals as they work to face the challenges of recovery, Lisa Peterson, COO of VICTA, an agency providing integrated substance use, mental health, and primary care services in Providence, RI and Jill Treacy, School Social Worker, Mt. Hope High School in Bristol.

Please RSVP HERE for this virtual talk.

For adults

Location: Zoom


Page of a book with text blacked out to create blackout poetryErasure Poetry Workshop – Virtual
Thursday, February 24, 2022, 5:30-7:30 pm

We’ll use pages from Carson McCullers’ moving 1940 novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, to create erasure poems. To write erasure poetry, the poet uses an existing text and erases, paints over, crosses out, or hides parts of that text in order to create a new work from what is left behind. The resulting poem can be seen as a collaboration between the old and new, a conversation, or even a collision that challenges the original work. Participants writing in all genres and at all levels of experience are welcome! Familiarity with the novel is lovely but not required.

This virtual program led by Susan Tacent is a collaboration between Roger Williams University’s John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Program and the library.

You will receive workshop materials via email prior to the event. Registration is required. Please RSVP HERE.

Susan Tacent holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Brown University, where she received an Excellence in Teaching award.

For teens and adults

Location: Zoom


Image of Asclepias native flower with bee by Karen Asher.

Native Plants and Pollinators
Monday, March 14, 2022, 3:30-4:30 pm

Native plant expert Karen Asher will present on Rhode Island native plants and pollinators. Attendees will learn how to create garden habitat for wildlife, butterflies, birds and other beneficial insects. Native plants provide essential nectar, seed, nut, berry and leaf foods for local wildlife, creating thriving landscapes with ecological and aesthetic value. This class will focus on wildflowers for a variety of conditions.

Karen Asher is a Master Gardener and native plant specialist. A former president of the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, she holds a certificate in native plant studies with a focus in field botany from the Native Plant Trust.

Limited to 40 participants. Please RSVP HERE.

Note: Masks are required for this in-person presentation.

For teens and adults

Location: Herreshoff Community Room