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

The City Speaker Series: Panel Discussion Mar 22, 7pm

2018 February 26

The City Public Panel Discussion

March 22, at #ROC the Friends host three members of City Council for a panel discussion, treating the theme, “How DOES the City work?”

Download the press release here.


Our guests for the evening will be the Honorable Nirva LaFortune, of Ward 3 in Providence; Nicholas J. Narducci, Jr., of Ward 4; and Samuel D. Zurier, of Ward 2. The panel will be moderated by Ms. Joan Retsinas of the RI Chapter of the League of Women Voters.

The panel will have a conversation focused around their roles as they have touched on a few areas of most import to our residents: public works, social welfare, public safety, and services. The Council members will have a half-hour discussion and then will field up to four questions taken from the audience. Audience members will have a chance to submit questions in writing during the event. The program will conclude with a short time for rebuttals and final remarks.

The three Council members are very gracious to treat these topics in such an open forum. It our hope that the panel discussion format will lead to lively, revealing conversation. Residents will have a clearer answer to the question “How does our City work?”

The City Speaker series is brought to you by the Friends of Rochambeau Library, and provides opportunities for conversations with our fellow citizens on the frontlines of government here in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Friends of Rochambeau is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting the work of our library 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 February 20
by Zophia Edwards

Saturday FEB 24   1-5

AT Rochambeau Branch of Providence Community Library

708 Hope Street

Sponsored by the Friends of Rochambeau

We need to REDUCE our inventory!!!
We have THOUSANDS of CDs donated by loyal patrons of Rochambeau Library.

Take advantage of real bargains.
$1.00 CDs and sets $2-4.

FRIENDS have an additional 25% discount.

All proceeds benefit programs at Rochambeau Community Library

Friends of Rochambeau Community Library  is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

Providence Goes Over the Edge!

2018 February 6
by Zophia Edwards
Library’s Rappelling Fundraiser is a First for Rhode Island 

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Community Library (PCL) has partnered with Over the Edge to bring a brand new event to the Ocean State this coming June. The fundraiser will feature an exciting opportunity for members of the public to rappel down the 12-story Regency Plaza building in downtown Providence and help raise $100,000 for the nine neighborhood locations of Rhode Island’s largest library system.

The event will begin at 9:00AM on Saturday, June 23 and run throughout the day.To secure a place, each participating “Edger” will need to raise a minimum of $1,000 for the chance to go Over the Edge. Potential participants should visit www.provcomlib.org/edge  to reserve their spot and create a personal fundraising page that enables friends, family, and colleagues to donate funds toward their rappelling adventure. Registration for Edgers opens today.

Over The Edge is a special events company that provides signature events for non-profit organizations anywhere in North America and it is currently expanding globally. Business leaders, individuals and community members are invited to raise donations in exchange for the experience of going “over the edge” of a local building. Over The Edge to date has raised over $70 Million for non-profits around the world, including the Make-a Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics Boston.

PCL has exclusive rights to stage Over the Edge events in the Providence metropolitan area. “This is the biggest fundraiser PCL has done to date,” explained PCL Library Director, Jeff Cannell. “It will be an exciting and memorable experience for the 90 rappellers and a rewarding one for sponsors who take the opportunity to invest in such an innovative event.”

Sponsorship and promotional opportunities are available for businesses and individuals who wish to help PCL reach its fundraising goal and support literacy and lifelong learning in Providence. To learn more, visit www.provcomlib.org/edgesponsors or contact Steve Kumins. PCL Development Director, skumins@provcomlib.org to discuss a customized option.

For general information about PCL’s Over the Edge event, visit www.provcomlib.org/edge .OTE_poster25

Spelling Bee 2018!!!

2018 January 20
by Zophia Edwards

Friday, January 26, 2018

7:30 sign up 8:00pm Bee (to 10)

AS220 115 Empire Street

Admission: $5 advance provcomlib.org/bee $10 at door + $10 to spell

Click link below for details

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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