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PCL Pays Tribute to Founder and Board Member, Sister Ann Keefe

Published Date: 
January 19, 2015

A Friend to PCL From the Very Beginning

Providence Community Library (PCL) mourns the loss of Sister Ann Keefe, a great supporter and friend.

Sister Ann was a dedicated campaigner who fought to save neighborhood libraries for the people of Providence. After Washington Park Library was closed in 2007 for safety reasons, Sister Ann was part of a group of advocates who sought a way to re-open it under community control. In 2009, she became a prominent supporter of a successful campaign to keep all neighborhood libraries open to the public, an initiative that led to the creation of Providence Community Library.

"Sister Ann was a true warrior and one of a kind" said Mark McKenney, President of PCL's Board of Directors. "She was a founder of PCL and one of the first people invited to join the Board. We were thrilled when she accepted."

Board Member Patricia Raub commented, "Sister Ann combined a fierce commitment to social and economic justice with an equally deep-abiding sense of humor. She was effective in her many battles for social change because she disarmed her opponents by treating them as friends. Who could say No to Sister Ann? Not anyone I ever met."

Laura Marlane, PCL's Executive Director, summed up the loss felt by many of the library's staff and supporters. "She was an amazing woman who dedicated her life to the betterment of the world around her. I feel honored to have known her, and grateful for her help in saving the community libraries."