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Friends of the Library

For more information on the Friends of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park, please visit their website here:

Purpose and 2022-2023 Goals

The Friends of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park is a non-public tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1972. The Friends’ By-Laws simply state its Purpose “to promote and further the goals of the Memorial and Library Association as defined in its constitution.” Two main purposes of the Friends are to be champions at raising funds and volunteering for the Library/Park and to help develop a public understanding of today’s library and its vital role.

With this broad mandate, the Friends have articulated Goals for 2022-2023 that will continue its focus on fundraising, advocacy and volunteer services that benefit the Library and Park within the constraints of the COVID reality. In order to raise the much needed funds to acquire important materials and equipment beyond the operating budget of the Library and Park, our fund raising efforts include but are not limited to:

•Increasing membership income by converting existing memberships to higher levels and adding new membership categories

•Continuing to sponsor special events, exhibits and speakers

•Creating new innovative, fee-paying programming

•Kick-starting a 2022 commemoration of the Friends’ “50th Anniversary”

The Friends are accepting donations of gently used books year round.

“Friends at Fifty”:

Plans for the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Friends are already underway.

Among the planned events are a reading challenge which will commence in March 2022, A Literary Tea Party in August 2022, an historical exhibit of the history of the Friends which will be on display in the Hoxie Gallery for the month of August, 2022, a grand gala to be held at the United Theatre on September 30, 2022 with music, live and silent auctions, food and cocktails.  A time capsule is also in the works. We are looking for donations for our silent and live auctions, as well as any memorabilia or memories that you might have for our historical display

*As part of our fund-raising efforts for our 50th Anniversary we are offering for sale, A “Friendship” card showcasing the whimsical humor of local cartoonist Chon Day, who also created our logo “book boy”. A box of five cards and envelopes will be on sale for $15.00 a box starting in mid-February.


**From the proceeds of the October book fair the Friends have sponsored for the library and park the following items:

  • 6 month renewal of GIS Cloud Mapping
  • LED Holiday Lights for Blue Atlas Cedar, Hinoki Cypress, front ramp/railings, and window candles.
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Digitization of smaller collections on microfilm
  • Children’s Room Furniture


The Friends’ are committed to re-energizing ourselves and with more than 200 members strong, we are ready to serve with the “conviction” as stated in our By-Laws, “that good library and park services are vital to the community.”

Peg Murphy-Bright

President, The Friends of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park


Have questions about the Friends or want to volunteer, please contact:

Maria, Membership Chair |




The Friends are always welcoming new members! A Membership to Friends of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park offers you early access to their much anticipated annual book sales.


Click the pdf below to join The Friends.


The Friends of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park periodically post donated books for sale. We list rare and unique books as well as books of local interest. We are happy to ship your books via media mail, unless you request otherwise. If you have any questions, please contact Margy Long at Please see the file below for a list of books currently for sale.