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

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!




2018 August 21
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Fri and Sat SEPT 14 + 15    1-5pm

1-2 PM on Friday is reserved for Members of Friends of Rochambeau Library Ltd. Join at the door !!

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browse our amazing selection of vinyl, CDs and LPs!

Location: Rochambeau location of Providence Community Library

708 Hope Street, Providence RI

Pricing: CDs DVDs LPs $1-2 Some vinyl priced higher.

All proceeds benefit programs & collections at Rochambeau Community Library

Sponsored by the FRIENDS OF ROCHAMBEAU LIBRARY which is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit 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! Find us on Social:  fb.com/friendsofrochambeau Image result for twitter and instagram logo small 

@friendsofrochambeau #ROC #PCL

or sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in contact.

Start Your Membership TODAY!

2018 ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 4 – 7-8:30P

2018 May 21
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Join Us! for our Annual Meeting on the 1st Monday in June!



Featured Speakers Annual Meeting June 4th, 7-830

Location:  Community Room on the ground floor of the Rochambeau Branch Library, 708 Hope Street Providence, RI

Janet Hasson, President and Publisher, and Alan Rosenberg, Executive Editor, two of the top people at the Providence Journal will be the featured speakers at the Annual Meeting of the Friends on June 4. They will share their experience and insights and answer questions about topics such the viability of the Providence Journal and other print media, the influence of Facebook and social media news sources, fake news, the challenge of fair and balanced coverage, the fate of investigative journalism, and more! Starting at 7 pm, we will have a brief annual business meeting to introduce and vote on the slate of officers and Board members, introduce nominees and review the budget for FY18-19. Ms. Hasson and Mr. Rosenberg will speak after the business meeting. Please come and join us for an informative and lively discussion.

Janet Hasson President & Publisher – The Providence Journal
Janet Hasson is Regional VP for Gatehouse Media and in 2015 was appointed President and Publisher of The Providence Journal (the oldest continuously-published daily newspaper in the US.) She oversees a portfolio of media products and services that serve the Rhode Island market.
Before joining the Providence Journal she was Publisher and President for Journal News Media in White Plains, NY, and has over 30 years of publishing experience. She has worked in various roles driving growth and digital transformation on brands that include The Spokesman-Review, the Cincinnati Enquirer, The Idaho Statesman, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, and the Detroit Free Press.
A graduate of Eastern Washington University and the American Press Institute’s Executive Development Program, Janet is a four-time winner of the Gannett President’s Ring award. She is a current board member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Providence Foundation, Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team, the Providence Performance Arts Center, the Greater Providence YMCA, the Providence Public Library, Sophia Academy and member of the Rhode Island Commodores.
Alan Rosenberg – Executive Editor  has  been a reporter and editor at The Providence Journal for 40 years, and since May of 2017 has been the Executive Editor of the Journal and providencejournal.com. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he has served as Providence police reporter and City Hall reporter, and as part of teams that covered both attempted-murder trials of Claus von Bulow. For several years, he and his wife, Avis Gunther-Rosenberg, reviewed restaurants for the Journal, and he still writes a monthly audiobooks column. He has run suburban offices in West Bay and South County, and a team that covered breaking police, fire and disaster news. On the lighter side, he was editor of the Journal’s former Sunday magazine, and its former LifeBeat, Arts, Live this Weekend and Sunday Brunch sections- though not all at the same time.

For more information about the Annual Meeting

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! You can also find us on Social Media or sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in contact.

2018 Spring BIG Book Sale HUUGE Success – Thank You!

2018 April 24
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Hundreds of shoppers visited us to browse and buy 15,000- 20,000 gently used and new books, most priced at $1.

Mary Green, Friend of Rochambeau, offered a great Special Collection of new poetry books – over 50 poets represented – and had multiple copies of their works.

The Spring 2018 book sale brought in several thousand dollars and this will be spent directly on Collections and Programming at your community library. Without you all shopping these sales, our neighborhood would be about $15k less well provided for each year. Thank you for taking care of all of the readers and library users in our neighborhood!

Thanks to our donors who have donated these books over the past 6 months.

Even more THANKS are due to our indefatigable sorters who get the donated books ready for the sales, and all the volunteers who help run these twice yearly sales.

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! You can also find us on Social Media or sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in contact.

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
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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
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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
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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
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*Friends sponsoring during FUNDAFest program in January.

Vegan Eating Explosion

2017 December 12
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with guest Rob Jaffe – chef of Grange et al., Dec. 18;