We are a nonprofit organization of volunteers who raise funds to supplement the Town library budget. This is done through bake sales, silent auctions, raffles, dinners, etc. This is the 34th year that FOWPL has been supporting the library. The Friends was started in May, 1988. The library was facing expenses due to renovations connecting the town hall with the library. It would now include running water. Goodbye to the outdoor toilet!!
Since that time, FOWPL has contributed substantially to the Library budget. For instance, between 2004 and 2017, we contributed a total of $75,850. In recent times, we average between $5,000 and $6,000 per year.
Take a book! Return a book! Leave a book!
Have you seen our Tiny Libraries? There are 12 of them. Each one was painted and decorated by the person who “adopted” it. They are located in various places around town:
- Wilmot Town Green
- Corner of Pancake Street and Campground Road
- Wilmot Learning Place preschool building
- Timmy Patten Park Beach on Shindagan Road
- Intersection of Sawyer and North Wilmot roads
- Two places on Campground Road
- Summit of Bog Mountain
- Pancake Street
- Pedrick Road
- Two on Kearsarge Mountain Road
In May of each year, we usually hold our annual meeting that is open to the community and includes a speaker. Notice of our annual meeting, as well as our programs and fundraising events, are posted on the Library’s main webpage, advertised in the InterTown Record, the Andover Beacon, the Kearsarge Shopper, and listed on the WOW calendar. This year it might be in June.
Because we depend on memberships and donations, joining the Friends is a great way to support the library. The cost is only $5 per person. Dues and donations support the on-going needs of the Library, provide equipment, and support many programs. Membership forms are available at the Library, the TownOffice, and the Wilmot Post Office. Or just send $5 to FOWPL Treasurer, 11 N. Wilmot Road, Wilmot, NH 03287 with your name, address, and email/phone. We would love to have you as a Friend.
In 2017, the Friends of the Wilmot Public Library received the Sue Palmatier Award for Outstanding Support by a “Friends of the Library” Group from the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association.