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Friends of the Exeter Public Library

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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:


President: Martha Walsh

Vice President: Hillary Ireland

Treasurer: Roy Tellini

Secretary: Susan Feltus

Member at Large: Lorraine Jurdi


Liaison with Trustees: Jenny Medlock

Web Link:  Facebook Page

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The Friends of The Exeter Public Library is separate, non-profit community support group for the library. We assist the library by hosting fund raising events and by accepting donations on behalf of the library. Our members also provide a volunteer pool to the library to help with library events and to perform special projects such as maintaining the gardens adjacent to the library building and providing school supplies for the teen room.

We have a large mailing list and a small number of active members. There are volunteer roles for members that entail as llittle or as much time as the member is able to give.  

Friends News

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

Email us at:

We raised $432 at the OTTO pizza event on April 8. Thank you to all that participated!

We raised $273 at the Craft Fair Raffle on May 4. 

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

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



The next Friends meeting will be on Tuesday, August 20th at 6:30 pm in the Children's Art Room at the Exeter Public Library.  

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will be staffing an information table at the Exeter NH Independence Festival on Saturday July 13 . We will have information about the library and library services as well as about our friends group available at our table.  We also provide an easy craft for children to complete. 

Volunteers are needed between 9 am (set up) and 4:30 pm (clean up). Typically, we have members volunteer either for morning or afternoon.


You can volunteer by emailing the Friends at

Hope to see you there!


If you are a fan of Cribbage or want to learn how to play - there will be a Cribbage session at the library on Saturday July 13 from 10 am to noon.  All levels of players, including Beginners are welcome! Cribbage is every 2nd Saturday of each month.

Martha Walsh

Upcoming Events


Cribbage at the Library

Cribbage will be on every 2nd Saturday of each month

 10 AM - 12 PM                             

Pictures of the lovely garden managed by the Friends
Photo of Martha Walsh and Evelyn Kelso at the Friends of the Exeter Public Library raffle table at the Library Spring Craft Fair 5/4/2024.

Here are some photos that Friends of Exeter Public Library have participated in recently.

LitFest 2024

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LitFest Raffle

Festival of Trees 2023

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Pictures from the Independence Festival- 2023

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What We Do and What We Have Done...

  • Hold raffles at the Library craft fairs

  • Assist the library by volunteering at community events such as LitFest, Craft Fairs, and more...

  • Decorated a tree with an educational theme about challenged and banned books at the 2023 Festival of Trees

  • Promote the library in the community in various ways, including writing letters to the editor of the local paper and staffing informational tables at various Exeter events

  • Donate school supplies for teens

  • Hold fundraisers at Sea Dog Brewery

  • Hold Cribbage groups once a month

  • Partnered with Water Street Books to raise funds for library events

  • Maintain the gardens around the sculpture and the rain garden at Founder's Park

  • Funded the new library sign at the Founders Park entrance

  • Participated in a volunteer fair at River Woods.

  • Participated in the Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA

  • Set up the Donate a Book program 

  • 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

  • Donated 4 card tables for Mahjong, bridge, and general use. 

  • Donated binders and dividers for the teen adulting class series.

 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 2023:  We made over $900 on our raffle items - thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers and especially to Sea Dog Brewery!  

Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA

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

Meeting Minutes

Gallery of Events

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2022- Friends Cribbage 226
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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