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

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!

 

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

 

 

Enlighten Yourself: History Programs @ ROC this Spring!

2017 February 6

FEBRUARY 16th,   Thursday, 7:00p – 8:30

John McNiff, National Parks Service Ranger from the Roger Williams National Memorial for a lively talk on the culture and economy of colonial RI and Roger Williams’ achievements and legacy. The Roger Williams National Memorial on N.Main Street in Providence is one of 5 designated National Parks Service locations in Rhode Island.

Historian John McNiff Dressed as Roger Williams

Historian John McNiff Dressed as Roger Williams

 

MARCH 23rd,   Thursday, 7:00p – 8:30

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

The BIG Fall Book Sale @ ROC! Oct. 23-29

2016 October 9
by Gregory Waksmulski

2016 FALL SCHEDULE: October 24 – 29

  • Preview / Dealers Night  (Admission $30 / person) Mon. 24th   5pm – 8:30pm
  • Members Night for Friends of ROC (join at the door!) Tues. 25th   4pm – 8:30pm    
  • Open to the public:
  • Wed. 26th  10am – 5:30pm  
  • Thurs. 27th  1pm – 8:30pm
  • Fill a Bag for $5, free entrance for ALL
  • Fri. 28th    noon – 5:30pm
  • Sat. 29th   1pm – 3pm

Proceeds of the bi-annual Book Sales support events, programs and services for children and adults, subscriptions of papers and journals, purchase of media equipment, etc.  at the Library.

Want to help us with the book sale? It’s really fun! Email us now or sign up in the binder at the Reference Desk.

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Oct 1st Mini Sale: ART + ARCHITECTURE Book Sale!

2016 September 27
by Gregory Waksmulski

Come browse and buy a selection of gorgeous
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coffee table worthy books at Rochambeau Library! The mini-sale will be in the downstairs conference room, just off the elevator or stairs to the left, at Rochambeau Community Library from 2:00 – 5:00p on the first day of October.

We are very proud to offer hundreds of near-new condition books for sale at this event. All books were donated to the Friends by our generous neighbors here in our community! As always, proceeds from your purchases will go directly to support the programs, services and events at your branch location of the Providence Community Library. Bring a friend and tell a neighbor, and we will see you at the book sale!

For more information or to volunteer to help with this or other Friends events, please feel free to contact us, at friend@friendsofrochambeau.org

June 4th Mini-Sale: “Summer Fiction, SUM’R Not”

2016 May 20
by Gregory Waksmulski

Come browse and buy specialty HIS, BIO, & FIC

springminisale-june16books at the Friends of Rochambeau Library SUMMER FICTION Book Sale! We will be in the downstairs conference room, just off the elevator or stairs to the left, at Rochambeau Community Library from 1:00 – 5:00p on the first Saturday in March.

We are very proud to offer hundreds of near-new condition books for sale at this event. All books were donated to the Friends by our generous neighbors here in our community! As always, proceeds from your purchases will go directly to support the programs, services and events at your branch location of the Providence Community Library. Bring a friend and tell a neighbor, and we will see you at the book sale!

For more information or to volunteer to help with this or other Friends events, please feel free to contact us, at friend@friendsofrochambeau.org

Announcing Special Guest Speaker at our 2016 Annual Meeting

2016 May 17

Please join us for our 2016 Annual Meeting, where we will hear from this year’s special guest speaker: Ricardo Pitts-Wiley!

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In 2003, Ricardo Pitts-Wiley and his wife Bernadet formed Mixed Magic Theatre &
Cultural Events, a non-profit arts organization, dedicated to presenting a diversity of
cultural and ethnic images and ideas on the stage. Ricardo serves as the company’s
Development Director. As the company’s director he has gained national and international
acclaim for his page-to- stage adaptations of Moby Dick, Don Quixote, Frankenstein, The
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave and the life and poetry of
Paul Laurence Dunbar.

He is the author of four volumes of performance poetry, Reflections: Growing Up a Black
Man in America, The Well of Woman, Night Voices and Man, Woman, Chaos. He wrote the
book and lyrics for the musicals A Kwanzaa Song, Celebrations: An African Odyssey,
Sara’s Jukebox and The Spirit Warrior’s Dream, as well as five plays including Fate Comes
Knocking and 35 Miles From Detroit. In 2009, Ricardo was the Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

Ricardo Pitts-Wiley is an accomplished actor, director, playwright and composer. He has performed major roles at noted theaters throughout the United States including The Actor’s Shakespeare Project in Boston, Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, The Old Globe Theater and San Diego Repertory in San Diego, North Carolina Black Repertory, Rites and Reason and Perishable Theater.

Shop the Art + Architecture Book Sale! from 1-5pm, Sat, March 5th

2016 February 21
by Gregory Waksmulski

art + architecture sale, march 5th, 1 - 5 pm

 

Come browse and buy 100’s of coffee table

worthy books at the Friends of Rochambeau Library ART + ARCHITECTURE Book Sale! We will be in the downstairs conference room, just off the elevator or stairs to the left, at Rochambeau Community Library from 1:00 – 5:00p on the first Saturday in March.

We are very proud to offer hundreds of near-new condition books for sale at this event. All books were donated to the Friends by our generous neighbors here in our community! As always, proceeds from your purchases will go directly to support the programs, services and events at your branch location of the Providence Community Library. Bring a friend and tell a neighbor, and we will see you at the book sale!

For more information or to volunteer to help with this or other Friends events, please feel free to contact us, at friend@friendsofrochambeau.org

Latest Friends Newsletter

2016 January 28
by admin

The Friends of Rochambeau Newsletter publishes news, events and more in digest form three times a year: Fall, Winter and Spring.

Every Friends member household ought to receive a copy in the mail. If you didn’t, it means that either you need to renew your membership, or we’ve got your address wrong. Please contact us at friend@friendsofrochambeau.org.

Alternatively, you can access newsletters anytime via this website. You can read or download the current edition, our Winter, 2016Friends of Rochambeau Newsletter by following this link.

Announcing the February CD Sale – 1000’s of titles, Saturday, Feb 6th

2016 January 27
by Gregory Waksmulski

This Spring, We Invite You To “Remember CD’s?” & Add to Your Collection!

Our CD stocks are larger than ever and that means we are having a sale! Thousands of titles in every major genre are waiting for you to peruse and take home. Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 6th, from 1 – 5 P.M. and visit us in the Conference Room downstairs at the Rochambeau Library on Hope Street.
CD Sale in February '16
We cannot guarantee our inventory will hold out all afternoon – be sure to come early in order to avoid disappointment!