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Friends of the Exeter Public Library

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Friends of Exeter Public Library and Sea Dog Brewery

Beer and Books

Come for the beer, come for the great raffle with excellent prizes!

Wednesday, May 17 @ 5-8 PM


The mission of The Friends of the Exeter Public Library is to support and cooperate with the Exeter Public Library in obtaining resources and services for the public through fundraising, advocacy and volunteering. The Friends of the Exeter Public Library is formed exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes as specified in Sec 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended.

Questions? Join us:

Friends Email:


          Co-Chairs: Susan Feltus and Martha Walsh

             Vice Chair:  Hillary Ireland

             Secretary: Courtney Marshall

              Treasurer: Dottie Cieslewicz 

   Member at Large: Lorraine Jurdi

Web Link:  Facebook Page

President's Letter:

We are not a large group and we are not expected to be hosting a lot of activities or doing fund raising.  Our focus is mainly to act as a community advocacy group for the library.  This includes existing as a separate non-profit group that can accept donations on behalf of the library (as tax regulations prohibit certain groups from donating to the library though the town organization structure) and, as possible, serving as a "volunteer pool" when the library needs to get a project done.  The latter role can vary widely, from maintaining the gardens to supporting the library warrant article.  

The bottom line is that our role is very flexible and can involve as much or as little work as each member is comfortable with. 

Hope to see you there!

Kathy Boudreau, President, Friends of the Exeter Public Library

Friends News

Who is interested in becoming part of a great organization??  Come join our Group! 

Email us at:

View the Meeting Minutes at the bottom of this page for more information.


The May fundraiser event at Sea Dog is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17th @ 5 - 8 PM at Sea Dog Brewery in Exeter !  Once again they will brew a bespoke beer for us and give us a portion of the proceeds from selling it.  We need items to raffle, empty baskets to stuff with items and people to staff our table - we'll have fun!

Ideas for new activities are welcome - what's your passion and what's your vision for our group ?


Proposal to become a recipient of NH Charitable Gaming Funds

The future of our group!  2 of our officers have been elected to be Trustees of the Library and so will have to step down from their leadership positions.  Without a few new leaders our group may have to disband.  Can you help?

Next meeting: Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30 pm in the library. Hope to see you there!

Hope to see you there!


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                          Cribbage at the Library

Cribbage will be on Saturday, May 13 10 AM - 12 PM                             


What We Do and What We Have Done...

  • Rehab and maintain the gardens in Founder's Park, both the garden around the sculpture and the rain garden

  • Collected donations to fund the new library sign (coming soon to Founders Park)

  • Assist the library by volunteering at community events (like the open house)

  • Promote the library in the community in various ways, including writing letters to the editor of the local paper and staffing info tables at the Exeter farmers' Market

  • Set up the Donate a Book program 

  • Set up the program to collect school supplies for teens

  • Held a plant swap to collect plants for the library garden and get people to come down to the library

  • Held a "Kids Day Out" at the library with crafts and a movie for kids

  • Held a fundraiser at Sea Dog Brewery

  • Hold Cribbage groups once a month

 The Garden: 

Here are some pictures of the Garden Restoration of the structure.
Reply to this email if you'd like to join our list of garden maintainers.  No experience needed!
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 Sea Dog fundraiser:  We made over $400 on our raffle items - thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers and especially to Sea Dog Brewery!  Once they finishe selling the Page Turner IPA we'll get the final fundraising check from them and will let you know the total.

Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA

April 30th was Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA. Here are some pictures from the event.
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Friends of the Exeter Public Library at YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Meeting Minutes

Gallery of Events

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Cribbage Board
Friends of the Library table set up at Exeter Winter Farmers' Market
Quilt donated for Open House Raffle at the Library
Request for supplies during COVID
School Robot
Promoting School Supply Donations
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