Friends of the Library

Friendsof the library

The Friends of the Cary memorial Library (FOL), a volunteer group, was organized in the 1980’s and is open to all.  FOL welcomes new members and new ideas.  Our Mission is to augment the library’s operating budget and enrich its offerings. The FOL supports:

  • Purchase of books, magazines, movies, books on CD
  • Free library e-books
  • Children’s programming
  • Cultural events
  • Extended summer hours
  • Summer intern salary
  • Poetry evenings

An active Friends of the Library group holds quilt raffles, an Easter Candy and Bake Sale and hosts other events to raise money for special library needs. Ask at the library desk about joining our group.  Each summer they display a Raffle quilt made by the New Sandwich Quilters of Wayne, hand-made to benefit the library.  A Friends of the Library Cookbook is for sale at $10.00 per copy to benefit their programs.

Our latest quilt was raffled off to Olivia Black of Farmington. Congratulations. Thanks to the quilters and volunteers that sold tickets.

⇒5th Annual Friends of the Library Holiday Bake Sale, Book Sale, Boutique & Lunch

Stock up on delicious home-made baked goods and Jan Folk’s Christmas chocolates. The Boutique will include Christmas ornaments and decorations, holiday tins, wrapping supplies and many great, inexpensive opportunities for stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts. The Book Sale will be open too, and there will be a special section of Christmas books, DVDs, and CDs for children and adults.  We will open and close a little later that usual, and serve a light lunch: a selection of soups or chili, biscuits or corn bread (with gluten free options) and a sweet – to eat in or take out.


On-Going Activities

The Friends of the Library are selling picturesque perfect playing cards

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There are two sets; one shows a winter view of the Mill Stream, and the other a summer view of the Androscoggin Yacht Club. The cards are priced at $6.00 per deck or two decks for $10.00. If you would like some mailed, call or email ( your request.

books and babies
born to readWhen a baby is born in our community, the parents receive a board book for their newborn and information on the Cary Memorial Library.  The coordinator for this program is Bev Petell who has reported that 15 baby books were distributed this past year.  Please let the library know of any recent births in town.

We will be having our next FOL meeting on October 13 at 9:30 am at the Williams House. Please try to attend if you can. We have nice refreshments and our meetings are not long, but usually with plenty of laughter! We appreciate the participation of all!

Current Friends Officers:

Chair: Don Welsh, Vice-chair: Sue Spalding, Secretary: Jan Folk, Treasurer: Kim King