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Friends of the Library

The Friends group was started in 1972 by a highly dedicated group with the sole purpose of fundraising for the Library and Wilcox Park. This energetic group continues the tradition to this day with a devoted membership and a team of volunteers who give so much of themselves to support their favorite place.


Friends events to look forward to:

Book Sales – A special shelf near the circulation desk is replenished year-round with wonderful bargains

Book Fairs – Twice yearly events, once in the summer and once during December. The Fairs open on a Tuesday afternoon to members only and starting on Wednesday, everyone is invited. Saturday is Bag Sale day with bags provided. Such happy times!

Tea – Delicious dainties and a bit of merry fellowship while wearing traditional (and wild) hats. Usually this is held on the first Saturday in June at 1pm.

The Friends has recently provided funding for the library for: 

  • The planting of Zoysia grass in the Children's Story Garden. This grass grows in a dense mat that is a pleasure to step on, can handle wear and tear and has a deep green color. Check it out for yourself; you might want to add it to your own yard.
  • a new Playstation and games for the Teen Space
  • a vinyl cutter and desktop robotic arm for the Makerspace
  • the Foundation Directory Online database. Foundation Directory Online helps grantseekers find the right match for their organization’s mission. Get access to 120,000+ foundations and corporate donors, 3 million recent grants and more than half a million key decision makers. Directory is updated weekly. This allows anyone to look for grants for your organization. It can be a little tricky getting started, but there are experts at the Reference desk who are trained in the program and are happy to help.
  • a self-check-out machine for patrons to check out their own materials. We were assured that the people at the circulation desk would greatly appreciate having this machine. It was not going to be replacing an employee, just giving them more time to do the other myriad of tasks they do.
  • a new book drop for outdoor material returns as the old one was a bit rusty and the newly-designed model is an improvement for the efficiency of the librarians and better protection against the weather

The Friends were delighted to be able to provide the funding for all of the above and for so much more. It is all due to the generosity of the community who donates thousands of good books each year and is willing to buy them at our semi-annual sales. (Sometimes the very same ones they have donated!)

The Friends is proud to be a part of this community which continually shows its love for the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park.

Ellie Coffey


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 at below to join The Friends.



The Friends of the Westerly Memorial Library and Wilcox Park periodically post below donated books for sale. We list books of local interest, rare books and unique books. All purchases requiring shipping will be sent media mail. Please contact us about with any questions regarding the books themselves or shipping and handling costs: Debra Howson: or Margy Long: Please see attachment below for the list of books.