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.
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Friends Email: email@example.com
Chair: Kathy Boudreau
Vice Chair: Carla Tishler
Secretary: Sarah James
Treasurer: Susan Scales
Member at Large: Lorraine Jurdi
Web Link: Facebook Page
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
Who is interested in becoming part of a great organization?? Come join our Group!
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
View the Meeting Minutes at the bottom of this page for more information.
Next meeting: Tuesday, October 11th, 6:30 pm at the library. Hope to see you there.
Library Open House: The library trustees are hosting an open house to thank the community for their continued support on Tuesday, September 20th from 1 to 4 pm. They will be offering tours and serving cider and donuts.
Cribbage at the Library
Upcoming cribbage session is on October 22nd from 10 am to noon
at the library. Everyone welcome!
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
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!
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.
Amazon Smile Donations
Make the most of your Amazon purchases and turn your purchases into a donation to the Friends of the Library! Every purchase you make on Amazon provides a charitable donation to the Friends group to help out the Library! It's gift giving all around.
How to support Friends of the Exeter Public Library while shopping with Amazon:
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you start your shopping on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.
Register your personal Amazon account with Amazon Smile, identify us as your charity of choice, and start your shopping at AmazonSmile instead of going directly to Amazon.
Here’s how: If you already have an Amazon account, start with our link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-1817723 This should take you to Friends of the Exeter Public Library, you can also type in our id 82-1817723. Designate us as your charity. Remember to bookmark Amazon Smile and start your shopping there every time – nothing else will change about your Amazon experience. Thank you!
Sign into Amazon Smile: https://org.amazon.com/npo/portal
Then click on this link: Shop AmazonSmile (top of the page).
Sign into your account, use this term for the search "Friends of the Exeter Public Library," click the yes box, and shop away.