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Alec Baldwin accepts key to Rhode Island city

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2013, file photo, actor Alec Baldwin leaves criminal court in New York. Baldwin has received the key to Rhode Island's smallest city for his donations to help reopen the financially struggling city's library. Baldwin's visit Saturday, June 7, 2014, was his first to the library. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) -- Actor Alec Baldwin has received the key to Rhode Island's smallest city for his donations to help reopen the financially struggling city's library.

Baldwin donated $10,000 to the Adams Memorial Library in Central Falls in 2011 after he read a New York Times story about how it was forced to close because of financial problems. He gave another $5,000 in 2012. The 1-square-mile city emerged from bankruptcy that year.

Baldwin's visit Saturday was his first to the library.

Library director Joel Pettit (PET'-it) says Baldwin accepted the key from the mayor on the library steps. He was headlining a fundraiser Saturday night in nearby Providence for the library. Pettit said Baldwin is a great guy, and he's hopeful the event will bring attention to the importance of libraries.

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