Actress Viola Davis helped rescue her hometown library on Monday (21Nov11) by providing a donation to keep the place afloat.
The Help star, who grew up in the cash-strapped town of Central Falls, Rhode Island, wrote a $1,000 (Gbp625) cheque to The Adams Memorial Library, enabling officials to re-open the venue just five months after they were forced to shut doors ahead of the city's bankruptcy filing.
The library recently began operating on a part-time basis with the help of volunteers and now, beginning on 1 December (11), the location will expand its hours and provide service six-days-a-week.
The programme, which also received a $3,500 (Gbp2,187.50) state grant from Senator Elizabeth Crowley on Monday, was previously given an extra boost by Alec Baldwin - he donated $10,000 (Gbp6,250) to the library last month (Oct11).