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


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

SpellingBee-Flyer_2018 (1)

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



fb.com/friendsofrochambeau for Facebook

@friendsofroch on Twitter


2017 Book Sale Starts Oct 23

2017 Annual Meeting – Mon, Jun 5, 6:00p

2017 May 29
by Gregory Waksmulski

Friends of Rochambeau Library is pleased to announce:

Our 2017 Annual Meeting
Monday, June 5
6:00p – 7:30 (Please note the earlier start time)
Community Room of Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street

Guest speaker at 6:00p, followed by a short business meeting

Wendy Nilsson, Superintendent of Providence Department of Parks

Wendy Nillson, guest speaker at 2017 Friends of Rochambeau Library annual meeting
Wendy Nilsson, Superintendent of the Providence Department of Parks, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of Rochambeau Library Annual Meeting. She will discuss her vision of Providence Parks, provide an overview of Providence Parks and highlight how community engagement and programming is improving our city. She will also talk about specific projects at Prospect Park, Blackstone Woods, Summit Ave., Gladys Potter, the Morris Ave. “Totlot”, India Point and Roger Williams. Come join us for an update about your favorite park and learn about our extensive and diverse park system.

For the past decade, Wendy Nilsson’s passion has been the development of Providence’s green spaces into a network of vibrant and unique parks. In 2006, Nilsson founded the Friends of Brown Street Park, which has been cited as a national example of sustainable and innovative urban park revitalization. Six years later she established and became founding Director of the Partnership for Providence Parks, a non-profit that brings community, business and city resources together to improve Providence’s park system. As the Superintendent of the Providence Department of Parks, she sees her mission as redefining the ways parks are used, not only through the amenities offered and creative use of resources, but also through the way that residents and community partners are brought together to create parks’ programming and activities that engage and inspire. Nilsson has a Masters Degree in Administration and Policy from Boston University.