The Friends is a group of citizens of West Boylston and other towns who understand the importance of library service to the community. They work in a variety of ways to help improve the library by providing funding for programming, technology, the Museum Pass Program and other expenses not covered in the municipal budget. They also are important advocates for the library.
Friends membership dues and the Friends Annual Book Sale are the primary forms of income for this endeavor. We encourage you to join or renew your membership to The Friends. Membership runs from January through December each year. Non-resident Friends members gain an added benefit of being able to reserve museum passes in advance. Show your support for the Library and Join the Friends today!
Join us on Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m.-noon for a Tombstone Talk and Interactive Tour of Mount Vernon Cemetery
Cemeteries are not just collections of tombstones identifying their below-ground inhabitants. Upon closer inspection, gravestones often portray beautiful graphics ranging from the spiritually uplifting to the cryptically spooky, as well as epitaphs that can deliver humorous or even blunt messages of warning to cemetery visitors.
What other unique images and messages about the passed people and past times of West Boylston does our local cemetery present to us?
The tour will be led by cemetery historian Brenda Sullivan, a principal of The Gravestone Girls. With permission of the Mount Vernon Cemetery Commission, the event will include a gravestone rubbing demonstration and the opportunity for participants to do their own revealing (and non-damaging) rubbings of decades- or even centuries-old gravemarkers.
Tickets for the interactive tour and talk are $5 per person, capped at $15 per family, and includes gravestone rubbing supplies. To be held rain or shine; bring umbrellas if necessary. Tickets are avialable now at Beaman LIbrary, or online at: http://bit.ly/TombTalk. Preregistration is requested.
The beautiful Holbrook Chapel at the entrance of Mount Vernon Cemetery will also be open for tours.
We are pleased to announce a new way to make a difference at our library:
1. If you shop at Amazon.com and want a percentage (0.5%) to go to the Friends, log in through smile.amazon.com
(It will not work if you start shopping at amazon.com)
2. On the right it says Select a Charity. Halfway down it says "Or pick your own charitable organization."
3. Do a search for 'Friends of Beaman.' Select the one that says West Boylston, MA. Happy Shopping!
Check the Friends of the Beaman Library Amazon Page before you purchase your next book. Go to this page and click the products tab to see all that they are currently selling! You may find just what you are looking for and each purchase provides funding to the Friends!
If you would like to offer your services by serving on the Friends Board, please call the library 508-835-3711.
The Trustees and the Friends of the Beaman Memorial Public Library have jointly established The Endowment Fund to strengthen the future of our library. The Endowment Committee is spearheading this effort and has partnered with Greater Worcester Community Foundation to manage our fund. The Endowment will in no way supplant the tax-based funding which every year keeps our doors open. What the Endowment can do is make the difference between basic services and the level of service, hours and resources that the people of West Boylston deserve. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The Friends of Beaman Emdowment will be hosting their fundraiser on Friday October 13, 2017. At this time, we are looking for sponsorships or donations of items for the silent auction. Please fill out the this form and bring in or mail your donation to the Library by September 29, 2017. If you have any questions or would like us to pick up items, please call the Library at (508-835-3711) or contact us at our email address, email@example.com
We offer you our sincere thanks for considering our request. Know that your support of the Beaman Endowment will help build a stronger Library for the future.
We hope you can join us at the Lucky Friday the 13th Fundraiser to benefit the Friends of Beaman Library Endowment. Participate by placing your bids on a variety of donated items which include art, gift baskets, dinner certificates, and more. Silent auction items will be available for viewing until 9 p.m. Please bring cash or checks to secure your auction items; credit cards cannot be accepted. Concurrently, sample a variety of wines, craft beers and hard cider, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and some great music by Dynamic Duo, as well as a chance to test your luck, win prizes and have your cards read from 7 p.m. to midnight.
The tickets are $25 and are available at the Library or through The Board of Trustees, The Friends Board or The Endowment Committee. Please make checks payable to Friends of the Beaman Endowment.
This year, the event will take place at The Manor, 42 West Boylston St. West Boylston. All proceeds benefit The Friends of the Beaman Library Endowment. Call 508-835-3711 for more information, to become a sponsor, or to make a donation to our auction.
We hope you can join us!
To donate other types of assets, such as securities, real estate, personal property, transfer of an existing private foundation, charitable lead trust, gifts of closely held stock or Family Limited Partnerships, please contact the Library Director, Anna Shaw.
A planned gift benefits the community after your lifetime and giving is easier than you might think. Options include: gifts by will, life insurance policies, individual retirement account (IRA) assets, pooled income fund, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trusts, or gift of a retained life estate.
For more information about the Endowment or to discuss setting up a planned gift, please contact Library Director, Anna Shaw.
Look inside and outside of the Library and you will see examples of our patrons' generosity and that of the community; the bench outside of our front doors in memory of Leo Maki, the wooden rocking chair in the Reading Room in memory of Harry Day, the garden along Newton Street, improved exterior lighting, and many books presented in memory of loved ones.
You can give to the library in a multitude of ways: by becoming a volunteer, joining the Friends of the Beaman Memorial Public Library or by making a monetary donation to the Friends of Beaman Library Endowment.
We appreciate each and every donation – more than that, we rely on your generosity to help us achieve our vision to excel as the lifelong learning and cultural center of our community, to provide exemplary services and to promote equal access to information for all who enter our doors. The Beaman Memorial Public Library is a municipal department of the Town of West Boylston. Donations to the library are tax deductible.
Checks may be made out to the Beaman Memorial Public Library with the words "Gift Fund" written in the memo line. This money goes directly to the library and is used to supplement the operating budget for books and small furnishings, depending on current needs.
We welcome contributions to help us maintain our current collection of magazines and newspapers. You can pay for a subscription for a favorite magazine by contacting any staff member. Please ask at the main desk if you are interested in contributing.
Donations for the purchase of books and other materials may be made in honor or memory of a person or a special event. A bookplate will be placed in each item purchased. Donations targeted to larger projects such as the tall lights at the front of the library building serve as a wonderful recognition of loved ones. Please contact the Library Director, Anna Shaw, at 508 835-3711 for more information.