Who are the Friends of Rochambeau?

A group of caring individuals, families, and businesses dedicated to the support of the Rochambeau Library Branch... its facility, programs, services, resources, and the many people it serves. Learn more about the Friends of Rochambeau

Save the Date

2017 December 12
by Zophia Edwards
*Friends sponsoring during FUNDAFest program in January.

Vegan Eating Explosion

2017 December 12
by Zophia Edwards

with guest Rob Jaffe – chef of Grange et al., Dec. 18;

Dec 18 Holiday Open House

2017 December 12
by Zophia Edwards

Holiday Open House, Rochambeau Library, Dec. 18;

AS220 Spelling Bee

2017 December 12
by Zophia Edwards

AS220 Spelling Bee – Jan 26 @ 7:30. $5 adv. tix, $10 at door, +$10 to spell

(30 slots avail. first come/first served)

ADVANCED TICKETS start on Jan 1st – spend a fiver to support PCL-wide programming.

Community Conversation with Councillor LaFortune

2017 October 12
by Zophia Edwards

An invitation to take part in a community conversation –  hosted by Councillor LaFortune (our Ward), next Wednesday, Oct 18, from 6pm. Location is MLKJ Elementary on Camp Street.

The Oct. Book Sale is BIGGER than EVER!

2017 October 2

 Friends of Rochambeau Library sponsor


OCT.  23-28 

 Rochambeau Community Library * 708 Hope St. Providence

Preview  Night:   $30.00 per person

Mon        Oct 23rd       4 – 8 PM

Members’ Night for Friends of Rochambeau     Join at the door!

Tue        Oct 24th        4 – 8 PM

Open to the Public:    (no entry charge)

Wed        Oct 25th           10 – 5o0 PM

Th            Oct 26th       1 –  8   PM

Fri            Oct 27th       1 – 5 PM         Fill-a-bag for $5.00  

Sat          Oct 28th       1 – 5 PM         Fill-a-bag for $5.00

 All Proceeds benefit programs at Rochambeau Community Library



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2017 Book Sale Starts Oct 23

2017 Annual Meeting – Mon, Jun 5, 6:00p

2017 May 29
by Gregory Waksmulski

Friends of Rochambeau Library is pleased to announce:

Our 2017 Annual Meeting
Monday, June 5
6:00p – 7:30 (Please note the earlier start time)
Community Room of Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street

Guest speaker at 6:00p, followed by a short business meeting

Wendy Nilsson, Superintendent of Providence Department of Parks

Wendy Nillson, guest speaker at 2017 Friends of Rochambeau Library annual meeting
Wendy Nilsson, Superintendent of the Providence Department of Parks, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of Rochambeau Library Annual Meeting. She will discuss her vision of Providence Parks, provide an overview of Providence Parks and highlight how community engagement and programming is improving our city. She will also talk about specific projects at Prospect Park, Blackstone Woods, Summit Ave., Gladys Potter, the Morris Ave. “Totlot”, India Point and Roger Williams. Come join us for an update about your favorite park and learn about our extensive and diverse park system.

For the past decade, Wendy Nilsson’s passion has been the development of Providence’s green spaces into a network of vibrant and unique parks. In 2006, Nilsson founded the Friends of Brown Street Park, which has been cited as a national example of sustainable and innovative urban park revitalization. Six years later she established and became founding Director of the Partnership for Providence Parks, a non-profit that brings community, business and city resources together to improve Providence’s park system. As the Superintendent of the Providence Department of Parks, she sees her mission as redefining the ways parks are used, not only through the amenities offered and creative use of resources, but also through the way that residents and community partners are brought together to create parks’ programming and activities that engage and inspire. Nilsson has a Masters Degree in Administration and Policy from Boston University.


2017 April 18
by admin

 Friends of Rochambeau Library sponsor


APRIL  24-29 

 Rochambeau Branch PCL   708 Hope St. Providence

Preview  Night:   $30.00 per person

Mon        April 24th       4 – 8 PM

Members’ Night for Friends of Rochambeau     Join at the door!

Tue        April 25th        4 – 8 PM

Open to the Public:    (no entry charge)

Wed        April 26th           10 – 530 PM

Th            April 27th       1 –  8   PM

Fri            April 28th       1 – 5 PM         Fill-a-bag for $5.00  

Sat          April 29th       1 – 5 PM         Fill-a-bag for $5.00

 All Proceeds benefit programs at Rochambeau Community Library

 Contact:   friend@friendsofrochambeau.org    fb.com/friendsofrochambeau


How to Talk About Slavery with Ray Rickman – March 23, 7:00p-8:30p

2017 March 13
by admin

We’re delighted to announce that Ray Rickman, will present “How to Talk About Slavery” drawing on knowledge of both Rhode Island and African American history and culture to highlight the effect slavery had – and continues to have – in our state.  He will also explain the economic bases of slavery, its African origins, the relation of Rhode Islanders to the slave trade and the economic effects of slavery in the state.

Mr. Rickman is the Executive Director of Stages of Freedom, an organization that promotes black culture for the entire community.  He is a former executive director of the Providence Human Relations Commission, was the EEO officer for both Lifespan and the city of Providence and a former President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Historian Ray Rickman Provides Context on Slavery in RI

Historian Ray Rickman provides context on Slavery in RI

March Mini Sale! – Art + Architecture, Classical Music, MORE…

2017 March 3
by Gregory Waksmulski

This Saturday, March 4th, come to Rochambeau’s Community Room on the lower level for DEALS on BEAUTIFUL BOOKS for your den, study, living room or library shelves coffee tables and nooks!

See poster, below, for more information!



another great poster from the FOR Media team – why not join the Friends today?