Events & Programs

Fall River Public Library offers a variety of programs for adults, teens, and kids. Check our calendar to see what's going on at the Fall River Public Library!


Friday, October 15 through Friday, November 12
Reception and Community Forum: October 28, 6 - 7:30 pm
Fell Room

Interactive Video Exhibition

Southie Then & Now: A Neighborhood Transformed

Southie Then & Now

Fall River Public Library will host the interactive video exhibition Southie Then and Now – A Neighborhood Transformed by artist Jared Katsiane from October 15 through November 12, 2021, with a reception and community forum on October 28 at 6 pm. The exhibition highlights the changing landscape of South Boston over the last 50 years, a community with an industrial history similar to Fall River, and currently experiencing development and gentrification.


Southie Then and Now - A Neighborhood Transformed features split-screen images from Hollywood’s views of South Boston with 2021 footage of identical locations, documenting the transformation of South Boston from a working-class factory community to today’s gentrified area with luxury condos.

Using 16mm film and digital video, Jared Katsiane is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at 550 international festivals, in museums, galleries, and broadcast on television. He received a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship. Learn more at


The exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Fall River Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


Saturday, October 23 - 10 am - 12:30 pm
Meeting Room

Acrylic Painting Workshop with Lori Bradley

Earth Waves painting

Learn the essentials of painting with acrylics, a quick-drying, odor-free, and versatile medium. This workshop will guide you step by step through the creation of a finished painting, which you can take home with you!

This class is open to all levels, including beginners! All materials are supplied. Painters are welcome to bring with them a photograph of a scene they would like to paint. There will also be photos and still life objects on hand you can use for inspiration.

Lori Bradley artistThis class is led by artist Lori Bradley, who teaches at Bridgewater State University and has shown her work in many one-person and group shows in galleries and exhibits nationwide. Lori is inspired by 18th and 19th century illustrators and 20th century modernist painters who found inspiration in the patterns, colors and lines of nature.

This free workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Fall River Public Library. Registration is required.

Register online at




Wednesday, November 10 - 6:30 pm
Meeting Room

Maureen Boyle - Book Talk


Maureen Boyle The Ghost

Friends of Fall River Public Library present an evening with award-winning Massachusetts author Maureen Boyle, author of two true crime books, Shallow Graves and The Ghost. Maureen Boyle is a former reporter for the Standard-Times in New Bedford and current director of the journalism program at Stonehill College. Winner of the New England Press Association's first place award for investigative reporting, she examined the unsolved serial murders known as the New Bedford highway killings in her first book, Shallow Graves, and now turns her attention to a murderer who escaped justice for more than 30 years, while hiding shockingly close to home.
Copies of Maureen's books will be available for purchase and signing during the event.


Check our Teens and Children's pages for events for kids and teens.

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