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

FALL Book Sale is almost over

2021 November 8
by Monica Schaberg

LAST 2 days of Book Sale are FILL-A-BAG days for $5. books only.

Monday Nov 8 1-7PM

Tuesday Nov 9 10- 4

Monday is also the last day of the Media sale – REmaining CDs Vinyl and DVDs are 50 cents each.

2021 October 17
by Monica Schaberg
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2021 October 17
by Monica Schaberg

Outdoor MEDIA Sale CDs, LPs, DVDs

SAT  October 30th 11- 4  

Masks required. No signup required this is an outdoor event. Rain date Nov 6.

Indoor BOOK SALE     

Dates:  November 1- 9

Monday Nov 1st  1- 7 PM  Preview/Dealers’ Day

For those who want first chance to look and purchase- there is a $30 fee to enter. Timed entry signup. Limit 10 people at a time in the Sale room. Dealers may sign up for 2 consecutive one hour blocks and may remain longer if fewer than 10 people remain. Sign up at https://forms.gle/hvtLtJA1yhBXb93q7

Tuesday Nov 2nd   2 – 730 FRIENDS Preview Day

For Membersof the Friends of Rochambeau. Renew or join at the door. Timed entry signup. Limit 10 people at a time in the Sale room. Timed entry signup at https://forms.gle/n9EpUkUjMd8qC6vj6

Open to the public

Wednesday through Tuesday  Nov 3 – 9. TIMED ENTRY is required. Patrons may SIGN UP FOR ONE HOUR but may remain longer if fewer than 10 are in the room.

Wed Nov 3 10 – 5 Sign up for timed entry here: https://forms.gle/DjFRbzfqj75w16AVA

Thurs Nov 4  1- 8 Sign up for timed entry here:https://forms.gle/mjR3GmDBJmrJkzVP8

Friday Nov 5 1-5 PM Sign up for timed entry here: https://forms.gle/8TYDmVpd841xZrPx5

Sat   Nov 6  1 – 5 PM Sign up for timed entry here: https://forms.gle/o1U1WxUzk6sY3Vru6

Fill-a-bag for $5 Mon Nov 8 1-7 PM Bring your own bags or have some of ours Sign up for timed entry here: https://forms.gle/636KGk9K1gAtqJky5

Fill a bag for $5 Tue Nov 9  11-5  Sign up for timed entry here: https://forms.gle/Hn1jwfcY3c8GmTBM6

Bring your own bags or have some of ours.   

Because of Corona Virus concerns sign-up for timed entry for indoor sale is required.   Browsing limited to one hour unless thre are fewer than 10 people in the room.

Vaccination and Masks are required indoors.


2018 October 24
by admin

The Friends will be helping to bring the following programming to our community in the month ahead:

  • For new and young adults who want to learn more about Tech, the
  • Tableau Workshop for Beginners (learn software to create graphics from data) meets on Tuesday evenings,
  • Learn to Code: A Beginner’s Series also meets on Tuesday evenings and
  • CareerDevs Code Night (Providence’s own computer science academy) meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. (Free)
Who knows who might relish the opportunity to learn a highly employable and very cool skill set FOR FREE – and right in our neighborhood! PCL’s Digital Services Manager, Stephanie Shea has more to say at this blog post.
  • Also, Rochambeau has several language learning opportunities each week:
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (Tuesday mornings),
  • Spanish Language (beginner and intermediate – 3 classes) and
  • Italian Conversation with Alessandro (meets Thursday afternoons). (Free)


  • Dr. Michael Fine will be presenting a book talk on his latest, Health Care Revolt: How to Organize, Build a Health Care System, and Resuscitate Democracy—All at the Same Time, on Thursday, October 4th at 7pm.


  • Look for the Zero Waste Providence Reusable Bag Swap bin at Rochambeau Library. It is part of a pilot project through Zero Waste Providence to encourage Providence residents to use reusable bags.


Friends Sponsor 3 Little Free Libraries in PVD Parks!

2018 October 16

The Friends of Rochambeau worked with Providence Parks Department and Partnership for Providence Parks to install three new Little Free Libraries! Here are two….

little free library at BIlly Taylor Park

Billy Taylor Park on Camp St

little free library at Sessions Street park

Sessions Street Garden and Park

registration plate on little free library

Registration Plates Make Them Official!

Each has a registration plaque in Spanish for increased access. They’re cute! and they are located on the world map of LFLs, viewable at https://littlefreelibrary.secure.force.com/mapPage

Little Free Libraries are great ways to share literacy and a love of reading with all the people in our service areas. Friends occasionally bring titles to the boxes, but the neighborhoods surrounding them have already started to share and share alike! Stop by your nearest box today!



Providence Community Library Celebration

2009 June 27
by admin

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


On Wednesday July 1st from 3:00-5:30, we will be having a celebration at the Rochambeau Library. All of the branches throughout the city will be celebrating as well.


As a symbol of community spirit, each branch will be sending representatives to another branch to deliver a book and join in their celebration.


We would love to have you come and celebrate with us!


This Wednesday, July 1st  the day begins with a ribbon cutting at 9:30 when the library opens. At 3:00 there will be food, music, crafts and storytelling. There will also be great people and conversations. At 4:30 we will send off some of our Friends to deliver a book to the Wanskuk branch.

For years, The Friends of Rochambeau have worked hard to raise money to support our libraries and provide money for books, magazine subscriptions, museum memberships, musical performances and all kinds of activities that make our library an exciting part of our community.

Come celebrate with us!

 See you July 1st,


The Friends of Rochambeau


Link to PPL’s May 21, 2009 News Release

2009 May 23
by admin

News Release: PPL Trustees Approve New Plan of Service and Supporting Budget for Central Library.

News Release: Mayor Opts Out of City/Library Agreement

2009 February 28
by admin

(From the Providence Public Library)


 Date: February 26, 2009


CONTACT:  Tonia Mason, 401-455-8090; 401-487-7104

 Mayor Opts Out of City/Library Agreement

Library Reviewing Options to Continue Services Moving Forward

PROVIDENCE, RI — In a disappointing development, the Providence Public Library (PPL) and the City administration have failed to achieve an agreement that outlines the process for ongoing funding and administering of City library services.  The agreement was negotiated by the Library and City administration last summer, and approved by the City Council in November, but never signed by the City.  Mayor Cicilline has now informed the Library that he wants a different process.

Although the Library has been funding the cost of maintaining existing services this year as envisioned by the Council-approved agreement, and paying for a deficit projected to exceed $1 million out of the Library’s endowment, the Mayor’s failure to sign has resulted in the City withholding Master Lease money that was to flow to the Library to help pay the current fiscal year’s expenses.

In the absence of an agreement, many questions remain regarding the future relationship between the City and the Library.  The Providence Public Library now is reviewing its options and plans for administering Library service for the next Fiscal Year that begins in July.

“The focus for everyone involved needs to be on finding the best way to provide library service in the City,” said PPL Chairman William Simmons.  “We remain open to ongoing discussions on how to achieve that goal and have communicated to the Mayor our willingness to work with him and the City Council.”

The newly formed Providence Community Library has garnered some support from members of the public and City Council.  The Library has offered to work with the City to explore whether this may be a viable alternative for branch library service.


Public Forum on Library Branches at Rochambeau 1/15/09

2009 January 27
by admin


On January 15th, representatives of the Providence Public Library, the Providence City Council, and the fledgling Providence Community Library met at Rochambeau Library for a public forum to answer questions from the community about the fate of several of the city’s library branches. The Providence Public Library has recently submitted a proposal intended to sustain the city’s financially troubled library system by removing from PPL’s governance five of the city’s nine branch libraries. The PPL proposal would save, at reduced hours, the Central library located on Empire Street; Rochambeau; Mt. Pleasant; Knight Memorial; and South Providence. The city of Providence has the option to accept the proposal and take over the remaining branches or to assign the stewardship of the five branches to a third party. The funding currently provided by the city to PPL to maintain those branches would shift as well. The non-profit Providence Community Library, incorporated by the Library Reform Group explicitly to provide the city with a viable third-party option for governance of the endangered libraries, countered PPL’s plan with a proposal that would see PCL take the reins of each of the nine branches.



In attendance for PCL were principals Marcus Mitchell and Linda Kushner. In Kushner’s opening remarks, she outlined the PCL plan, which calls for a less bloated administrative structure and promises more effective fund-raising. Drawing on her experiences sitting on the Friends of Rochambeau Board of Directors, she exposed also those elements that she believes have eroded the relationship between PPL and the branches and library patrons throughout the city.



PPL had, in a printed proposal distributed to everyone attending the forum, suggested that the city and the respective communities could transform the shuttered branches into “community learning centers.” Representing the City Council, Ward Three Councilman Kevin Jackson cited the fiscal crises plaguing the city and the state and cast considerable doubt on whether the city would be financially able to maintain the branches jettisoned by PPL’s proposal. Rob Taylor, a member of the PPL Board of Trustees, gave many concerned patrons in attendance their first opportunity to evaluate PPL’s perspective first hand. In Mr. Taylor’s statement, he recounted PPL’s struggle to meet budget requirements, referring to failed “financial assumptions,” PPL’s increasing pension obligations, and that the Library has been operating beneath a significant deficit. With great ardor, a “Sustainability Committee” established by PPL’s Board of Trustees chose between a proposal that would have maintained all nine branches and closed the Central Library and the selected proposal, which removes five of the branches from their care.



During a vigorous question-and-answer session with the gathered patrons, librarians, library employees, and neighbors, a sense of anxiety prevailed. Many attendees swung between an acrimonious distrust of PPL’s intentions and overt uncertainty that PCL could immediately deliver the level of library services currently provided by the nine branches. PCL principal Marcus Mitchell reminded the forum, however, that “any branch closing is a reduction in services.” With five branches in danger of closing and a city unlikely or unable to take the reins of those locations and reopen them, it may be that a fledgling organization created to save those branches may be preferred, even if that organization struggles out of the gate, to a city dotted with locked libraries and reduced services and hours at the remaining branches and at the Central Library.


Post by Gary Mercure, Friends of Rochambeau Library Board member

Providence Community Library to keep all nine branches open!!

2009 January 16
by admin

May 23, 2009
Beginning on July 1, 2009, the Providence Community Library will promote, support, organize and manage a nine-branch public library system in and for the city of Providence for the benefit of the community. Go to www.providencecommunitylibrary.org for more information on this important development.


On January 15th the Friends hosted a panel discussion about the PPL’s current plans to close 5 of the Providence library branches and the Providence Community Library’s proposal to take over all of the branches.

A number of questions arose regarding the budgets of each organization. Attached are tables comparing Providence Community Library’s projected budget for next year with PPL’s actual branch budget for last year (2007‐08) and with PPL’s projected budget for operating Central plus four branches for next year (2009‐10). Click here to dowload the budgets and additional information.

Please go to www.providencecommunitylibrary.org to learn more about this grassroots organization working to keep all nine of the Providence Public Library branches open and serving our communities.