Friends of the Barrington Library "A good Friend is a great treasure." Benjamin Franklin
Friends of the Barrington Public Library is a volunteer group incorporated in 1996 as a 501C-3 charitable organization. Friends share a common belief that a thriving public library is a valuable community asset that must be nourished and supported. Its mission is quite simple:
- Encourage greater use of the library and its services;
- Provide additional support through fundraising activities and the encouragement of gifts, endowments and memorials;
- Promote volunteerism; and
- Help expand library resources.
Since 1996, the Friends has contributed over $10,000 to fund annual passes to museums, and to support the Summer Reading Program, the youth audio book collection, the Adopt*A*Magazine program and many other resources. In addition, the group conducts the annual perennial sale in June. Funds raised from this sale have provided equipment not supported through the tax-funded budget, and, we annually save funds towards helping out when a new library is, hopefully, voted for by the people of Barrington.
We always welcome new Friends to help with developing new programs, fund-raising and volunteering at the library. The Friends generally meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. either at the library or at the home of one of the Friends. Meeting announcements will be posted at the library. The current slate of officers is:
President - Lydia Cupp Vice President - Mary Ann Marchi Treasurer - Tony Gaudiello Membership Secretary - Lisa Hanson Recording Secretary - Jamey Barone
Give as little or as much time as you want. Participate once a year, be active throughout the year, or work on a specific event or project. Just a little of your time and energy can make our great little library a tremendous resource for everyone in town.