The Friends of the Fletcher Free Library is a 501c3 volunteer organization that supports the mission and the work of the Library.

Mission

The mission of the Friends is to encourage community support for the Fletcher Free Library, raise money for its needs, promote cultural and literacy programs, and sponsor educational and enrichment programs for all ages.

Supporting the Library

The Friends’ Board annually allocates resources to the Library for investment at the discretion of the Library Director. This procedure helps the library plan programming, professional development, and special projects. The allocation is determined annually by the Board at their February meeting. In 2017, the Board allocated $25,000 to the Library’s FY 18 (1 July 2017 through 30 June 2018). 

Board

Member 2018 Role
Jonathan Chapple-Sokol President
Joan Conroy Past President
Kirsten McNeil Vice President
Ann Warrington Treasurer
Robin Twery Secretary
Elise Eaton Member At Large
Amanda Hannaford Member At Large
Hilary Silver Member At Large
Mark Twery Member At Large

History

In 1973, a movement developed to replace the old Carnegie Library Building with a new library. "The Citizens to Save the Fletcher Free Library Building" were determined to preserve it the building. They were successful.  The Carnegie building was saved and became the Children’s Library. A new wing was built to house the adult collection.

In 1977, the "Citizens" evolved into the "Friends of the Fletcher Free Library”, and continued to support the library as needed.  The Friends were less active in the 1980’s, but rallied whenever a library cause emerged.  The Friends successfully advocated for a ½ cent dedicated tax for collection development, providing the library with an annual book budget. In 2001, the Friends became active again and gained non-profit status (501c3).

Join & volunteer today

The Friends welcomes new members and volunteers. Become a member, renew your membership and / or volunteer by completing the membership form.

Do you want to learn more about joining the Friends and / or volunteering with the Friends?
Please contact the fletcherfriends@gmail.com.

Book donation guidelines

We appreciate donations of books, CDs and DVDs in good condition, with the exception of the following materials:

  • Textbooks or Magazines
  • Encyclopedias or Dictionaries
  • Multi-volume sets (such as National Geographic or Time-Life)
  • Outdated Business or Computer books (over 10 years old)
  • Romance paperbacks
  • Abridged books (Reader's Digest, etc.)
  • Audio Cassettes or VHS Tapes
  • Moldy, musty or smoky books
  • Books with underlining or highlighting
  • Books with torn pages, covers or bindings

If your books don't meet our guidelines, try Goodwill or Resource before discarding.

If you wish that your donated books be added to the Library's collection, please inform us before donating. Please see our Collection Development Policy for more information. 

Do you want to learn more about book donations OR you want to donate more than twenty books? Please contact the fletcherfriends@gmail.com.

Annual Reports
2017 Annual Report (PDF)
2016 Annual Report (PDF)
2015 Annual Report (PDF)