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

Still Time to Get Tickets for the PCL PawSox Night on July 29th

2015 July 24
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Pick up your tickets at the Circulation Desk at Rochambeau.  Only $9 to support the libraries!unnamed

June 1, 7PM: An Evening With Tony Estrella at Friends Annual Meeting

2015 May 18
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Tony EstrellaWe hope you will join us on Monday, June 1st at 7pm at the Rochambeau Community Library for an Evening with Tony Estrella, Artistic Director at the Gamm Theatre. Tony has graciously accepted to be the featured speaker at our Annual Meeting.

Tony has been an actor and director with The Gamm/Alias Stage since 1996 and Artistic Director since 2002. He has appeared in more than 30 productions including the title roles in Macbeth and Hamlet, Caryl Churchill’s A Number, the U.S. premiere of Howard Brenton’s Anne Boleyn, Tom Stoppard’s The Real ThingGlengarry Glen Ross, Rock ’n’ Roll, Much Ado About NothingAwake and Sing!The Pillowman, the world premiere of Paul Grellong’s Radio Free Emerson, La Bête, and Crime and Punishment. He adapted and directed new versions of Friedrich Schiller’s Don Carlos and Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and has directed many productions for the company since 1997, including RedAfter the RevolutionFesten, Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis, the North American premiere of Howard Brenton’s Paul. This past season he adapted and directed Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and played Martin in the premiere of his own adaptation of Booker-Prize winner Barry Unsworth’s Morality Play.

Tony‘s other theater work includes productions at Trinity Repertory Company and Boston Playwrights Theater. He has appeared on film in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and John Wells’ The Company Men and on TV in episodes of Showtime’s Brotherhood and NBC’s Law and Order. He will also appear in Kenneth Lonergan’s next film, Manchester by the Sea.  He teaches at the University of Rhode Island, where he has been on the theater faculty since 1997.

Tony was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Rhode Island in 2011. He was also awarded the Pawtucket Foundation’s Person of the Year, and the 2013 Pell Award for “Excellence in the Arts.”

Friends of Rochambeau Board Election — June 1, 2015, 7pm

2015 May 18
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Happy Spring!  It’s that time of year…Saying so long (but never goodbye) to exiting Board members and welcoming new board members! Board members are voted in at the Annual Meeting on June 1. The slate for the 2015-17 term is as follows:

New Board Members:

  1. Kyle Quadros
  2. Vanessa Corbera
  3. Robert Lin
  4. Greg Waksmulski
  5. Sheilam Perlow

2015 Officers:

  1. Beatrice Pulliam, President
  2. Monica Schaberg, Vice President
  3. Sharon Hendriksen, Treasurer
  4. Cedric De Leon, Recording Secretary

We would also like to thank returning Board Members: Pam Dahlberg, Margaret Gardner, Mary Greene, and Pnina Pressburger.

Friends of Rochambeau Library Spring 2015 Book Sale

2015 March 28
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More than 20,000 donated books, audiovisuals, and games sorted into more than 50 categories.

  • Children’s books and small paperbacks 50 cents
  • Hardcover and large paperbacks $1.00
  • Specials and rarities are priced separately

SPRING SCHEDULE: April 13 – 18

Dealers’ Night ($30 admission per person)

  • Mon. 13th 5 pm – 8:30 pm

Members Night for Friends of Rochambeau; you can join at the door)

  • Tues. 14th 4 pm – 8:30 pm

Open to the Public: No fee to shop

  • Wed. 15th 10 am – 5:30 pm
  • Thurs 16th 1 pm – 8:30
  • Fri. 17th 12 noon – 5:30 pm Fill a Bag for $5
  • Sat. 18th 12 noon – 530 pm Fill a Bag for $5

PCL Mayoral Forum Thursday, October 9, at 6pm

2014 September 30
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Don’t miss this opportunity to question mayoral candidates Jorge Elorza (D), Daniel Harrop (R), and Buddy Cianci (I) before Election Day!

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Rochambeau Library, Community Room

708 Hope St., Providence

Doors will open at 5:30, 30 minutes before the forum starts.  Seating is limited, so come early.   If you are unable to attend the forum in person, we are pleased to announce that PCL will be partnering with GoLocalProv to provide a simulcast of the forum.

You can access the streaming video at www.golocalprov.com.

Sponsored by Friends of Rochambeau •Moderated by RI League of Women Voters

In partnership with 

Fall Book Sale 2014

2014 September 18
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Friends of Rochambeau Library
Fall 2014 Book Sale


More than 20,000 donated books, audiovisuals, games and puzzles sorted into more than 50 categories.

  • Children’s books and small paperbacks 50 cents
  • Hardcover and large paperbacks $1.00
  • Specials and rarities priced individually

2014 FALL SCHEDULE: October 20 – 25

  •  Mon. 20th   5pm – 8:30pm  (Specials & Rarities open at 3pm)   Dealers Night  Admission $30 per person, including interested non-dealers
  • Tues. 21st   4pm – 8:30pm    Friends Night (Members only; you can join at the door)
  • Wed. 22nd   10am – 5:30pm  Free entrance for ALL
  • Thurs. 23rd  1pm – 8:30pm   Free entrance for ALL
  • Fri. 24th    noon – 5:30pm    Fill a Bag for $5, free entrance for ALL
  • Sat. 25th   noon – 5:30pm   Fill a Bag for $5, free entrance for ALL
  • Mon. 27th   1pm – 3pm   No book sale.  Free pick-up for non-profit groups ONLY

Proceeds of the bi-annual Book Sales support events, programs 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 folder at the Reference Desk.

Bylaws Approved at Annual Meeting

2014 June 3
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A major revision of the Friends of Rochambeau bylaws was approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting on June 2nd.  Minor changes were made to Article X – Amendments before the vote. To read the final version, as approved, click here.

Come to the Friends of Rochambeau Library Annual Meeting, June 2, 7pm

2014 May 23
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The officers and board of the Friends of Rochambeau Library invite you to join us at our annual meeting.

When: Monday, June 2, 2014 — 7:00pm
Where: Meeting in the Community Room in the basement, 708 Hope Street, Providence
Agenda: We will also be welcoming our new board members, voting on revised by-laws (see prior posting), and reporting on our financial results for the year.

Featured speaker:

Edward Fitzpatrick is the political columnist for The Providence Journal. He previously covered the State House and the court system for the Journal. He grew up in Greenville, RI, and graduated from Syracuse University. He was a city editor at The Saratogian in Saratoga Springs, NY, and a reporter for the Albany Times Union and the Hartford Courant. He now lives in Providence with his wife, Ellen, and their two sons. He is proud to report that he has no books overdue at the Rochambeau Library.


Vote on Major Revision of Friends of Rochambeau Bylaws at Annual Meeting

2014 May 13
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The general membership of the Friends of Rochambeau Library will vote to approve a major revision of the organization’s bylaws at the Annual Meeting on June 2nd. The current version was adopted ten years ago, in 2004, when the library was a branch of the Providence Public Library. The proposed revision recognizes the now 5-year old Providence Community Library within which organization we exist, as well as the scope of the Friends’ purposes within that organization. In addition, several rules of operation were changed to ensure better Board practices and reflect new realities. Be sure to review these proposed bylaws before the meeting.

Three Mayoral Forums to be Hosted by Providence Community Library Friends Groups

2014 April 16
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Come meet the candidates for mayor of Providence at 3 forums at 3 neighborhood libraries – April 16, May 22, and June 12. The mayoral forum at Rochambeau Library is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, at 6pm. For more information, visit PCL’s website at provcomlib.org.