Monday, July 1, 2013

Friends of the Library Membership Drive

The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library are conducting their annual membership drive for fiscal year 2014, which runs from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. The Friends of the Library is an independently incorporated organization whose purpose is to enhance library services.

During the past year, the Friends have been instrumental in providing money for books, library supplies, and other materials. They funded seven programs for adults including Wayne Nye, “The Cemetery Guy”, who gave a presentation on “Ghost Hunting”; David Lambert, who spoke about “Getting Started in Genealogy”, and Roger “The Hammer” Tetreault who shared his adventures in “Hiking the Appalachian Trail”. In the Children’s Department, the Friends sponsored programs including: Exploring Music; Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig, the Pumpernickel Puppets, Big Ryan, Drumming with Brian Montgomery, and others.

The Friends also paid for craft supplies for the Summer Reading Program, Storytime and other in-house events.

Several museum passes, including the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, are also funded by the Friends. A new printer for the public internet computers was purchased as well.

Through the generosity of the Friends, the Library has recently begun offering “Tixkeeper” and “Eventkeeper” which allow our patrons to sign up for museum passes and children’s programs on their own computers. This option is available via the library’s website at

The library is fortunate to have a solid group of board members who worked tirelessly to raise funds for the library. Events such as our annual miniature-golf tournament, sales of library-themed tote bags and fair-trade coffee, Book Sales and our Empties for Cash collections provide income for the Friends.

However, membership dues are a major source of income. Basic dues are $15-$20, with other categories available. Membership applications are available at the Bridgewater Public Library, located at 15 South Street, and on the library’s web site at

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