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Friends of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park

Purpose and 2021-2022 Goals

**As of March 1st, the sorting room is still under construction, and we are unable to take any donations at this time. The start date of our recently announced initiatives (see below) will also be delayed. We will keep you posted as to the anticipated completion date of the work.**

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:

•Implementing virtual, limited capacity and targeted audience book sale events

•Enhancing on-line and in-the-library book sales

•Conducting an active new membership drive

•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”

The Friends are readying our Sorting Room for the return of our volunteers to work more safely and comfortably by repainting the walls, providing additional cleaning materials and installing a new air purifier and cushioned floor mats.  However, we already have hundreds of books already boxed and categorized which were to be sold at our summer and holiday book fairs.

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, including a March Madness theme. Stay tuned for details.

To make way for new donations we are announcing a new initiative:

“Booksale In A Box”:  We have boxes of wonderful books to offer, which have already been boxed and categorized, and were to be sold at our summer and holiday book fairs. Each box is filled by genre, such as mystery, politics, romance, biographies, philosophy, gardening and history.  We will offer them for sale on-line by the full box or half box.  Details to be posted.

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

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


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.


We are proud to announce the winners of the Easter Basket Friends Drawing! The names were randomly drawn at noon today at the Library. The 4 winners are Jane Gencarelli, Eileen Mostellar, Katherine Rosen, and Pete and Pam Stefanski. Thanks to our President, Peg Murphy-Bright, for designing the baskets and to all who helped to bring this event to fruition. Additional baskets will be created for sale throughout the year. Stay tuned for updates! 



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.