The Providence Athenaeum, an independent library and cultural center in Providence, Rhode Island, seeks to enrich the literary, cultural, and intellectual pursuits of its members and surrounding community through extraordinary collections and innovative programming. The library hosts a Salon each Friday night, free, focalized reading groups, and the Philbrick Poetry Series, which culminates in the Philbrick Poetry Award, presented annually for a short manuscript by a New England poet who has not yet published a book.