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Friends of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park

**Please visit us for our fall book sale in the Terrace Room of Westerly Library through October 30th!**


Purpose and 2021-2022 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 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 programming

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


Our pop-up book sales on the Esplanade were so successful that we plan on holding them again next summer


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.


“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 January 2022, A tea party in 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.


As part of our fund raising efforts for our 50th Anniversary we are offering for sale, A retrospective selection of holiday cards showcasing the whimsical humor of local cartoonist Chon Day, who also created our logo “book boy”. A box of five assorted cards and envelopes will be on sale for $10.00 a box. These cards will be available at the October book sale and at the circulation desk starting in November.



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 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 | 

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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.