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

Corona Virus has dampened or eliminated many activities for the time being. The Friends’ Book Sales and Media Sales have been postponed until future notice. Donations of your books will have to be postponed until the Library is fully open. We do hope to see you in person at the Library in 2021…

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2019 Annual Meeting: Thur May 30

2019 May 15
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Business Meeting: Membership up-or-down vote on Proposed Budget and Board of Directors for 2020

Special Program: Media Literacy Roundtable

“20/20 Vision in the 2020 Elections: Fake News, Real Democracy”

The Friends of Rochambeau Library will host a roundtable in the Community Room of the library. Our special guest panelists for this community conversation will be the Honorable Nirva LaFortune, City Council Member for Ward 3 in Providence; Kate Coyne-McCoy, political consultant and public policy expert from Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Ian Donnis, political correspondent for RI NPR; and Pamela Steager, state coordinator of Media Literacy Now RI and co-author of the forthcoming book, The Library Screen Scene. The roundtable will be moderated by Dr. Renee Hobbs, Director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island.


Conversation will focus on what false information is, how it spreads and influences our world, as well as practical advice for stemming its dissemination. The roundtable will have a forty-minute discussion and then address audience questions. Audience members will have a chance to submit questions during the event. The program will open with a short business meeting introducing Friends of Rochambeau’s plans for the year ahead, including our proposed Budget and Board of Directors. Light refreshments provided, and the program is free and open to the public.


Our guests are very generous to bring insights from firsthand experience to an open forum. Attendees will have a clearer answer to the question, “what is fake news and why does it matter?”


This program is brought to you by the Friends of Rochambeau Library, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting the work of our library in our community.


2019 BIG Spring Book Sale ON NOW

2019 April 1
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Big Spring sale Apr 1 - 6

Check out some of our rare books at this gallery, and check on “Book Sale” tab at the top of the page for a full description!

“See you at the Sale”

Mini-Sale Saturday March 2, 1-5 PM

2019 February 25
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2019 January 1
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Happy New Year 2019!

The Friends of Rochambeau want to thank everyone who helped us serve our library and our community last year, as well as to all of you who will lend a hand during the year ahead – when you shop our sales, volunteer for events, donate books or other gifts, you help us promote the library’s mission in a BIG way.

Thank You for valuing the library and for ensuring we can meet the information and literacy needs of all in our community!

Start or renew a membership with the Friends for just $25 annually – it’s part of how we raise over $13,000 every year for collections, programming, and other expenses at our neighborhood location of PCL. You’ll join hundreds of your neighbors in saying “YES” to the community library!


2018 October 29
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Our Brand New Tote Bags Have Arrived @ Rochambeau Friends!

By popular demand from our book sale patrons and library users alike, the Friends of Rochambeau is happy to offer medium-duty, fabric book totes for sale to all!

Our Newest Merchandise - Tote Bags!

Shopping one of our BIG sales on a “Fill-a-Bag for a Fiver” day? These totes can hold more than a large brown paper grocery bag, and have longer, more durable handles with reinforced stitching down the side!

After the sale is over, you will have a very handsome tote for lunches, grocery runs, or picnic blankets, featuring our BRAND NEW #ROC Friends Logo! Purchase yours today from the Friends – we have priced them as low as we can at only $2 apiece, or 3 bags for $5.50. Email us for availability or come to our next mini- or pop-up book sale for more info! All proceeds go towards supporting our library’s mission in our community.

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Friends of Rochambeau Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit supporting our neighborhood location of the PCL system in Providence, RI. Need a receipt for your 2018 gift? Email us today.

The BIG Fall Sale is Here: Oct 29-Nov 3

2018 October 24
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The BIG Fall Book Sale is BACK, at Rochambeau Library!

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Want to see more … ? Click the GIF!

Over 15,000 books in 50+ genres including special collections of Astronomy, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Science selling for $1, and 50¢ for children’s books. View the whole list of rare books here, and check the “Book Sale” tab in the top right of this page for more info and photos.

All materials have been donated by members of our community. Proceeds of the sale help support programs, collections, and more at Rochambeau neighborhood library and the Providence Community Library system. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers and of course, to all of you shoppers!

Location:  Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence 02906


Dealer’s Night ($30 entry) is Monday October 29th  4-8PM

Friend’s Night is Tuesday October 30th 4-8PM  – join at the door!

Open to the Public:

Wed, Oct 31st 10AM-5:30,

Thu, Nov 1st  1-8PM,

Fri and Sat Nov 2nd  and 3rd   1-5PM are ‘Fill-a-bag for $5’!

Big Fall Sale Schedule 2018

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Long Copy for Big Fall Book Sale 2018

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The Friends of Rochambeau is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting the work of our neighborhood location of PCL in our community. Why not become a Friend today? See the “Join the Friends” link just below our masthead at the top of this page!


2018 October 24
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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.


Thank You! to our HipHop Arts Education Sponsors!

2018 October 24
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The Friends of Rochambeau Library subsidized a Youth Hip Hop Arts Education series at Vincent Brown Rec Center – every Monday and Tuesday, young adults have been meeting to explore the disciplines related to hip hop poetry, music and art. The weekly program has been catered generously by the following pizza places in the Mt Hope neighborhood:

  • Piemonte Pizza
  • Hope Street Pizza
  • Pizza Gourmet
  • Flatbread Pizza Co.
  • Minerva’s Pizzeria
  • Domino’s Pizza on North Main

This programming is also funded in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.

Friends of Rochambeau Library invite all of our members to share this youth arts ed opportunity with anyone in your network