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Check out our upcoming featured programs for adults!

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Steve Yarbrough – Talking in the Library
Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 7:00-8:30 pm

Roger Williams University Library and Rogers Free Library present author Steve Yarbrough.

Steve Yarbrough is the author of twelve books, most recently the novel Stay Gone Days (2022).  His other books are the nonfiction title Bookmarked: Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show, the novels The Unmade WorldThe Realm of Last ChancesSafe from the NeighborsThe End of CaliforniaPrisoners of WarVisible Spirits and The Oxygen Man, and the short story collections VeneerMississippi History and Family Men.  A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, “Yarbrough, who has been likened to Faulkner for his attention to Mississippi (and whose novel Prisoners of War was a finalist for the 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award) nimbly illustrates what the past can tell us about the present,” writes the New York Times. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the California Book Award, the Richard Wright Award and the Robert Penn Warren Award. His novel, The Unmade World won the 2019 Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction. Steve divides his time between Boston and Krakow.

Ink Fish Books, our local independent bookstore, will be offering copies of Steve’s latest book for sale at the conclusion of the talk.

RSVP required. Please RSVP HERE.


Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Roger Williams University Library’s Mary Tefft White Lecture Series, “Talking in the Library” presents notable authors and scholars to the Bristol Community in partnership with the Rogers Free Library.

Co-sponsored by Roger Williams University’s Bermont Fellowship, the Mary Tefft White Endowment and the Rogers Free Library’s Jane Bodell Endowment.

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Navigating Medicare
Thursday, October 6, 2022, 1:30-3:00 pm

Medicare is confusing! Learn when you can join, switch or drop a Medicare Health Plan or Medicare Advantage Plan; when and how you can change your drug coverage; and what changes can be made during Open Enrollment October 15-December 7. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) can help you navigate Medicare.

SHIP is a national program that offers one-on-one assistance, counseling, and education to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to help them make informed decisions about their care and benefits. SHIP services also support people with limited incomes, Medicare beneficiaries under the age of 65 with disabilities, and individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

Presented by John Garrahan of the East Bay Community Action Program and the Office of Healthy Aging’s State Health Insurance Counseling & Assistance Program (SHIP).

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

image of the book cover of Firekeepers Daughter by Angeline Boulley and the logo of Living literature readers theatre company

Living Literature Readers Theatre Performance: Firekeeper’s Daughter
Thursday, October 6, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm

Living Literature delivers a readers theatre performance inspired by Firekeeper’s Daughter, the debut novel from Ojibwe author Angeline Boulley. The Reading Across Rhode Island 2022 book selection is a thriller, a mystery, a romance, a love letter to Ojibwe culture and a contemplative exploration of existing between two cultural identities. Performed by Barry Press and Carol Pegg (who identifies as Muscogee Creek), this vibrant program will also delve into the work of two other indigenous authors, drawing meaning from; Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer and “The Tower” by Madeleine Hutchins.

Living Literature is a non-profit collective of Rhode Island based artists and educators who teach literature through a unique and imaginative process. Founded in 1996, the group has created more than 50 presentations based on poems, stories, novels and plays.

RSVP required. Please register HERE.

teens and adults

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.

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An Introduction to Needle Felting
October 12, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm

Create a colorful, textured design with wool. Needle felting uses a needle to mat wool into a “wool painting.” Please feel free to bring a simple drawing or design in to inspire your needle felting image. All supplies will be provided.

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

adults & teens

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.

9 block quilted square

An Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Prudence Island Quilters in a class to make your own hot pad. Learn how to machine piece a 9-patch block, hand quilt it and finish it with a mitered binding. All supplies will be provided. Sewing machine experience helpful, but not necessary.

Limited to 10 participants. RSVP required. Please RSVP HERE.


Location: Upstairs Conference Room

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Murder Mystery Party
Monday, October 17, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm

Join us for our annual murder mystery party! Don your pirate best and try to catch the scallywag responsible for this year’s devious murder.

Costumes make the event more fun, but are not required. You will receive your character assignment approximately one week before the event. Limited to 25 participants. RSVP Required. Please RSVP HERE.

all ages

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

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Building a Resilient Brain as We Age
Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 2:00-3:00 pm

“Building a Resilient Brain: Tips and Tricks to Keep Our Memory Strong as We Age” is a fun, interactive presentation which includes memory games and audience participation. What is memory and how does it work? What are normal memory issues versus concerning memory issues? Learn simple skills and techniques we can all use to keep our memory strong as the years go on!

Presented by Terry Fogerty of The Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Center of Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI.

for adults

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Inkle loom with weaving in blue green and yellow

Wednesday Night Weaving
October 19, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm

We will use a simple, easy-to-weave Inkle loom to create hand-woven bookmarks with instructor Elizabeth Springett. Springett has traveled the world for textiles. Her range of knowledge in fabric construction and color is extensive. She is the owner of WovenSeas Weaving Studio in Warren. All supplies will be provided.

Limited to 6 participants. RSVP required.

This program is FULL, but if you would like to be added to the WAITLIST please register HERE. If spaces become available we will contact you.

adults & teens

Location: Upstairs Conference Room

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.

image of patriotic quilt by Prudence Island Quilters

Quilting Demonstration
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 1:30-2:00 pm

Join the Prudence Island Quilters for a quilting demonstration in the Herreshoff Community Room. Foundational techniques will be explained.


Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Breaking the Thanksgiving Myth
Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm

The long held conventions we associate with Thanksgiving are beloved traditions, particularly in New England, but with them comes an adherence to erroneous, antiquated, and even offensive beliefs about the origins of this holiday. In this presentation, we explore how you can still enjoy your turkey while being historically accurate and culturally sensitive.

Presented by Silvermoon LaRose, Assistant Director of the Tomaquag Museum. LaRose is a Narragansett tribal member and cultural educator with over 20 years experience working with tribal communities.

RSVP Required. Please register HERE.

adults & teens

Location: Herreshoff Community Room

Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.

Colorful book spines

Book Chats
Wednesday, November 9, 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.


Location: Upstairs Conference Room & Zoom

book cover of Rejoice the Head of Paul McCartney by Adam Braver authors head shot and logo for Ink Fish books all on a purple background

Author Talk with Adam Braver: Rejoice the Head of Paul McCartney
Thursday, November 17, 2022, 6:15-7:30 pm

Local author and Roger Williams University professor and Writer-In-Residence, Adam Braver will hold a reading and Q&A of his newly released book — Rejoice the Head of Paul McCartney, introduced and moderated by Susan Tacent.

In the fall of 1969, on Sunset Boulevard, a giant billboard advertised the newly released album, Abbey Road. Shortly after it appeared, Paul McCartney’s head was cut off the display, mysteriously disappearing. Through the ensemble cast of Rejoice the Head of Paul McCartney, we see how that act — the desecration of the symbol of an era — affects a web of individual lives over the course of several decades.

Adam Braver is the author of six novels. His books have been selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers program, Borders Original Voices series, and twice for the Book Sense list. His work has appeared in journals such as Daedalus, Ontario Review, Cimarron Review, Water-Stone Review, Harvard Review, Tin House, West Branch, and Post Road. He teaches at Roger Williams University and at the NY State Summer Writers Institute.

RSVP required. Please register HERE. This is a hybrid program offered in person and virtually. The book will be available to purchase from our local independent bookstore, Ink Fish Books.


Location: Herreshoff Community Room & Zoom