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Friends of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park

**Please visit us for our summer pop-up book sales in Wilcox Park, out on the esplanade! Every Thursday 10am-1pm, through August 26th!**


Purpose and 2021-2022 Goals

The Friends of the 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 2021-2022 that will continue its focus on fundraising, advocacy and volunteer services that benefit the Library and Park within the constraints of the COVID reality.  Anticipating that our primary fundraising activity of in-person book fairs will be curtailed, and to acquire important materials and equipment beyond the operating budget of the Library and Park, the Friends are pursuing other alternatives:

•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 programing

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


To make way for new donations we are announcing a new initiative:

The Friends recently held a successful holiday gift basket sale. Basket themes included romance, mystery, tweens, current events and young children, to name just a few.  The baskets were filled with not only books, but DVDs and new theme-specific gift items, including wine, games, cookery and toys.  We plan to offer our gift basket services on-line throughout the year. Stay tuned for details.

We will be having a book sale this fall! On Wednesday, October 20th we will welcome all Friends members only from 3-7:30 pm. The sale will open to the public Thursday, October 21st-Saturday October 30th during regular library hours and ending 30 minutes before closing time.

Pop-up book sales will begin July 8th! The sales will be set up on the Esplanade Thursdays in July and August from 10 am-1 pm.

Plans for the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Friends are already underway. Stay tuned for the announcement of our exciting new reading challenge with prizes to be awarded for completing the challenge, which will kick off in September of 2021-September-2022. Rules and guidelines for the challenge will be posted in early summer.

Some of the recent items that the Friends have sponsored for the library and park include:

  • Foundation Directory Online database
  • Two new mobile charging stations
  • 2 door people counters
  • GIS Cloud Mapping System for Wilcox Park
  • Sun Shades for A/V Room

The Friends are partnering with the library on several virtual author talks and our next will be with Kristin Harmel and her book The Forest of Vanishing Stars! Special guest author Sadeqa Johnson will be joining to discuss her book Yellow WifeThe discussion will be moderated by Friends board member Mary Weiss, followed by a Q&A. Please register HERE!


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 Memorial 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 Debra Howson at or Margy Long at Please see the file below for a list of books currently for sale.