Viola Davis helps library in cash-strapped RI town

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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2011 file photo, actress Viola Davis poses at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Davis has donated $1,000 to the Adams Memorial Library in Central Falls, R.I., where she grew up. The library, which has raised $61,000 since it was shuttered in July ahead of the city's bankruptcy filing, will be open six days a week beginning Dec. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2011 file photo, actress Viola Davis poses at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts …

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — The public library in Central Falls that was temporarily closed because of the city's dire finances is expanding its hours again after receiving a donation from actress Viola Davis and a state grant.

The Adams Memorial Library said Monday that it got a $1,000 check from Davis, who grew up in Central Falls. Davis appeared recently in the movie "The Help" and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 2008's "Doubt."

The library also received a $3,500 grant with the help of state Sen. Elizabeth Crowley.

Actor Alec Baldwin donated $10,000 to the library last month.

The library has raised $61,000 since it was shuttered in July ahead of the city's bankruptcy filing. It reopened part-time with the help of volunteers. Beginning Dec. 1, it will be open six days a week.

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