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Friends of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park

Purpose and 2021-2022 Goals


The Friends will begin accepting donations again the week of June 7th! The sorting room will be ready to welcome back our sorters at this time as well with a new coat of paint, new air purifier, and cushioned floor mats.

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.

Once again, we will have our “Books for Sale” cart in the library lobby starting May 17th, 2021.

Plans are moving forward to have a late fall book sale the last two weeks of October 2021! Details to come.

Pop-up book sales are in the works for July and August out on the Park's esplanade. We'll have dates for those coming soon!

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

In partnership with the library the Friends are assisting with virtual author talks! Our next author talk is with Deborah Goodrich Royce and she'll be discussing her new book Ruby Falls, moderated by Friends board member Mary Weiss. Please register HERE! In February we had author Christina Lane join to discuss her book Phantom Lady: Hollywodd Producer Joan Harrison the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock. Lane was just rewarded with the Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work!


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.