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CENTRAL FALLS â€” It was during the last hurricane that knocked out power in his hometown of East Hampton that Alec Baldwin realized just how important the community library can be.
There was no electricity, but the small library in the seaside township of Sag Harbor found a way to function, â€śpaper slippingâ€ť books to patrons, operating with a small generator that allowed people to use their computers, and otherwise providing a welcome beacon to storm-weary residents.
â€śIt was amazing,â€ť Baldwin said, adding that it made him ever more appreciative of the continuing role of a public library, even in today's digital age.
The dashing star of television's â€ś30 Rock,â€ť as well as numerous movies and stage productions, was in Central Falls on Saturday to headline a fundraiser for the Adams Memorial Library. Prior to a VIP reception at the library on Central Street, Baldwin was presented with a â€śkey to the cityâ€ť by Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. The A-list actor has so far contributed a total of $15,000 to the city's library.
After mingling with big-ticket sponsors, Baldwin was headed to a larger fundraising event, dubbed â€śBaldwin for Books,â€ť at Club Fete in Providence, where he would be performing readings from classical literature. The nonprofit libraryâ€™s board is hoping to raise enough proceeds to create a new media center so as to increase the computer availability for students and local residents.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times and Sunday's Call.