Friends of Brooks Free Library

The Friends of Brooks Free Library is a non-profit volunteer organization that was incorporated in 1974. The Friends support the Library Director and Staff in achieving the mission of the Brooks Free Library, “to promote full and equal access to information and ideas, the love of reading, the joy of learning, and engagement with the arts, sciences, and humanities.” A Board of Directors is nominated from the membership of the Friends. Board meetings are held in the Thornton Room (basement level) at 10 AM on the 3rd Thursday of each month except December, July, and August. The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.

The Friends support the library’s ongoing activities by:

  • Supplying materials and equipment for the VITAL (Vision Impaired Technology Assistance at the Library) Program
  • Funding programs for adults and children (See our Event Calendar)
  • Providing museum passes
  • Providing volunteer support to manage the Books on Wheels program.

The Friends have also purchased an assistive listening system that can be used by groups in the Thornton Meeting room, provided tuition support for Library Staff, purchased property to expand the parking lot, and paid for the renovation of the Thornton Room. Funds for Friends’ support come primarily from membership dues and book sales generated by their bookstore. The Friends are also the recipient of memorial funds and individual contributions. In addition, the Friends administer certain grants and bequests.

We encourage you to be a Friend! Just complete the attached membership application and mail it in with your check to:

Friends of Brooks Free Library, Inc.
P.O. Box #1456
Harwich, MA 02645

Or drop it off at the Library.

Memorial Funds
  • The Catherine & Leroy Campbell Memorial Fund
    for books and objects that pertain to the Fine Arts (broadly defined)
  •  The Joseph P. and Dorothy S. Thornton Fund
  • Lois Brooks Memorial Fund
  • Helen P. Athens Memorial Fund


PresidentTaffy Aldrovandi
Vice PresidentClarice Brown
TreasurerBarbara Obrig
Recording SecMartha Curran
Corresponding SecLynne Lavieri
Program ChairConnie Giorgio
Membership ChairBetsy Lawrence
Hospitality ChairLynne Lavieri
Book Sale ChairDiane Hamilton
Books on WheelsBarbara Obrig
Publicity ChairRita Bock


Debbie Sturgis
Connie Harada
Peggy Coupal
Donna Hebert
Kim Sesserman
Peggy Johnston

Friends Bookstore Hours

Monday1-3 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Wednesday1-3 PM
Thursday1-3 PM
Friday1-3 PM
Saturday10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
NOTE: Books are also for sale in the Lobby during library hours.