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

Announcing Special Guest Speaker at our 2016 Annual Meeting

2016 May 17

Please join us for our 2016 Annual Meeting, where we will hear from this year’s special guest speaker: Ricardo Pitts-Wiley!


In 2003, Ricardo Pitts-Wiley and his wife Bernadet formed Mixed Magic Theatre &
Cultural Events, a non-profit arts organization, dedicated to presenting a diversity of
cultural and ethnic images and ideas on the stage. Ricardo serves as the company’s
Development Director. As the company’s director he has gained national and international
acclaim for his page-to- stage adaptations of Moby Dick, Don Quixote, Frankenstein, The
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave and the life and poetry of
Paul Laurence Dunbar.

He is the author of four volumes of performance poetry, Reflections: Growing Up a Black
Man in America, The Well of Woman, Night Voices and Man, Woman, Chaos. He wrote the
book and lyrics for the musicals A Kwanzaa Song, Celebrations: An African Odyssey,
Sara’s Jukebox and The Spirit Warrior’s Dream, as well as five plays including Fate Comes
Knocking and 35 Miles From Detroit. In 2009, Ricardo was the Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

Ricardo Pitts-Wiley is an accomplished actor, director, playwright and composer. He has performed major roles at noted theaters throughout the United States including The Actor’s Shakespeare Project in Boston, Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, The Old Globe Theater and San Diego Repertory in San Diego, North Carolina Black Repertory, Rites and Reason and Perishable Theater.

Shop the Art + Architecture Book Sale! from 1-5pm, Sat, March 5th

2016 February 21
by Gregory Waksmulski

art + architecture sale, march 5th, 1 - 5 pm


Come browse and buy 100’s of coffee table

worthy books at the Friends of Rochambeau Library ART + ARCHITECTURE Book Sale! We will be in the downstairs conference room, just off the elevator or stairs to the left, at Rochambeau Community Library from 1:00 – 5:00p on the first Saturday in March.

We are very proud to offer hundreds of near-new condition books for sale at this event. All books were donated to the Friends by our generous neighbors here in our community! As always, proceeds from your purchases will go directly to support the programs, services and events at your branch location of the Providence Community Library. Bring a friend and tell a neighbor, and we will see you at the book sale!

For more information or to volunteer to help with this or other Friends events, please feel free to contact us, at friend@friendsofrochambeau.org

Latest Friends Newsletter

2016 January 28
by admin

The Friends of Rochambeau Newsletter publishes news, events and more in digest form three times a year: Fall, Winter and Spring.

Every Friends member household ought to receive a copy in the mail. If you didn’t, it means that either you need to renew your membership, or we’ve got your address wrong. Please contact us at friend@friendsofrochambeau.org.

Alternatively, you can access newsletters anytime via this website. You can read or download the current edition, our Winter, 2016Friends of Rochambeau Newsletter by following this link.

Announcing the February CD Sale – 1000’s of titles, Saturday, Feb 6th

2016 January 27
by Gregory Waksmulski

This Spring, We Invite You To “Remember CD’s?” & Add to Your Collection!

Our CD stocks are larger than ever and that means we are having a sale! Thousands of titles in every major genre are waiting for you to peruse and take home. Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 6th, from 1 – 5 P.M. and visit us in the Conference Room downstairs at the Rochambeau Library on Hope Street.
CD Sale in February '16
We cannot guarantee our inventory will hold out all afternoon – be sure to come early in order to avoid disappointment!

Jazz in January! Greg Abate Jazz Quartet to perform Jan. 7

2016 January 6
by admin



The Friends of Rochambeau are pleased to sponsor the Greg Abate Jazz Quartet at the Rochambeau Library on Thursday, January 7, 7pm-8:30pm in the Rochambeau Library’s Community Room.  Join us!

First Program in New Series: The City! featuring Council President Aponte

2015 November 18

A Conversation with Luis Aponte, Providence City Council President. On Mon, Nov 30, 7-8:30pm at Rochambeau Branch Community Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence, RI.

Please join us the Monday after Thanksgiving for the inaugural event of our new program series focused on local government, decision makers and politics, “The City.”

The series will provide opportunities for conversations of import with those of our fellow citizens on the frontlines here in Providence and Rhode Island. Hosted by FORL.

Ask Mr. Aponte about the Council’s top priorities, the responsibilities and challenges of heading the City’s legislative branch, or anything else on your mind. This is your chance to talk to one of the elected officials who represents you – please come and be heard.

This conversation in “The City” Events Series will be held at Rochambeau Library in the Community Room, from 7-8:30PM, and is free and open to the public.  If you value programming like this, please consider becoming a member or making a monetary gift to the friends. Please feel free to contact us for more information, at friend@friendsofrochambeau.org

Thank You All for a Record Breaking Booksale!

2015 November 18
by Gregory Waksmulski

Our Fall Booksale for 2015 was our most successful to date,

and we owe it all to you! Thank you for coming out to find new additions to your home libraries, to all the booksellers who came to the opening event, Dealers Night, and especially to those who invited friends and family along. We felt the love from our reading community!

Of the the 20,000+ titles we had on hand, you carted away a vast majority in boxes, bags and by the armload. We surpassed our goals as a result. This means that we will be able to not only continue providing support to readers at Rochambeau Branch with things like periodical subscriptions, Museum Passes, and adult and childrens programming, but also expand our services in the year to come.

It’s our Fall Booksale at Rochambeau! Oct. 19-23

2015 September 26
by admin

2015 FALL SCHEDULE: October 19 – 23

  •  Mon. 19th   5pm – 8:30pm  (Specials & Rarities open at 3pm)   Preview (aka Dealers) Night  Admission $30 per person, including interested non-dealers
  • Tues. 20th   4pm – 8:30pm    Friends Night (Members only; you can join at the door)
  • Wed. 21st  10am – 5:30pm  Free entrance for ALL
  • Thurs. 22nd  1pm – 8:30pm   Free entrance for ALL
  • Fri. 23rd    noon – 5:30pm    Fill a Bag for $5, free entrance for ALL
  • Mon. 26th   1pm – 3pm   No book sale.  Free pick-up for non-profit groups ONLY

Proceeds of the bi-annual Book Sales support events, programs and services for children and adults, subscriptions of papers and journals, purchase of media equipment, etc.  at the Library.

Want to help us with the book sale? It’s really fun! Email us now or sign up in the binder at the Reference Desk.

Still Time to Get Tickets for the PCL PawSox Night on July 29th

2015 July 24
by admin

Pick up your tickets at the Circulation Desk at Rochambeau.  Only $9 to support the libraries!unnamed

June 1, 7PM: An Evening With Tony Estrella at Friends Annual Meeting

2015 May 18
by admin

Tony EstrellaWe hope you will join us on Monday, June 1st at 7pm at the Rochambeau Community Library for an Evening with Tony Estrella, Artistic Director at the Gamm Theatre. Tony has graciously accepted to be the featured speaker at our Annual Meeting.

Tony has been an actor and director with The Gamm/Alias Stage since 1996 and Artistic Director since 2002. He has appeared in more than 30 productions including the title roles in Macbeth and Hamlet, Caryl Churchill’s A Number, the U.S. premiere of Howard Brenton’s Anne Boleyn, Tom Stoppard’s The Real ThingGlengarry Glen Ross, Rock ’n’ Roll, Much Ado About NothingAwake and Sing!The Pillowman, the world premiere of Paul Grellong’s Radio Free Emerson, La Bête, and Crime and Punishment. He adapted and directed new versions of Friedrich Schiller’s Don Carlos and Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and has directed many productions for the company since 1997, including RedAfter the RevolutionFesten, Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis, the North American premiere of Howard Brenton’s Paul. This past season he adapted and directed Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and played Martin in the premiere of his own adaptation of Booker-Prize winner Barry Unsworth’s Morality Play.

Tony‘s other theater work includes productions at Trinity Repertory Company and Boston Playwrights Theater. He has appeared on film in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and John Wells’ The Company Men and on TV in episodes of Showtime’s Brotherhood and NBC’s Law and Order. He will also appear in Kenneth Lonergan’s next film, Manchester by the Sea.  He teaches at the University of Rhode Island, where he has been on the theater faculty since 1997.

Tony was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Rhode Island in 2011. He was also awarded the Pawtucket Foundation’s Person of the Year, and the 2013 Pell Award for “Excellence in the Arts.”