Friends of Beaman Library
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 Book Sales 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. Show your support for the Library. Join the Friends today by filling in this form and returning it to the Library with your membership fee.
Membership dues provide museum passes for places to visit, like Davis Farmland, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, The Ecotarium, Old Sturbridge Village, Worcester Art Museum among others. These places can enhance your reading with real life images of scenery, botany, or other events that each provides to their patrons. The Friends of the Library membership funds are used to purchase these museum passes and much more. You might have seen a thermometer in the Library lobby showing the membership amount raised for this year, we had a goal of $10,000 and at the time of writing this article we were within $1,200 of reaching it. If you have missed the opportunity to assist us in this goal, it’s not too late, and if you helped us get this far, we would like to thank you! Please keep in mind that we need your help each year to make these wonderful adventures possible.
During the year, we are happy to accept books that are in good condition. The library will adopt these items into our collection or they will be offered to the Friends. .
The Friends happily accept your gently used adult fiction books published between 2000-present. All adult nonfiction, books for kids & teens, audiobooks on CD, music CDs, DVDs and puzzles are also gratefully accepted. We ask that you please bring books into the library during regular business hours and stop at the main desk so a staff member can review your items. If you need assistance bringing your items in please call 508-835-3711 to make an appointment. Please do not leave donated items in our book drop. Proceeds from the Friends booksale directly translates into Library programs Thank you for your generosity.
- We do not accept the following items:
- Fiction books older than 2000
- No Readers Digest or abridged volumes
- No magazines, newspapers
- No textbooks
- No VHS or cassette tapes
- No books that are in poor condition: smelly, musty, moldy, dirty, water damaged, written in, etc.
The items above may be accepted at the Recycle Center, Savers, Goodwill, Book drop donation boxes around town. Please note, we are unable to put a dollar value on donated books- but we can offer a receipt of donation.
The Friends Ongoing Book Sale
In addition to the Annual Book Sale, the Friends maintain an ongoing sale in the Library on the main floor near the circulation desk. Hardcover books are $1.00 and paperbacks are $0.50. This sale features an assortment of popular authors and both fiction and nonfiction selections. You can pay for your purchases at the main desk.
The Friends Amazon Book Sale
Check the Friends of the Beaman Library Amazon Page before you purchase your next book. Go to this page and click on 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.
Support the Friends through Smile.Amazon.com
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!