The Friends of Brooks Free Library is a volunteer organization that was incorporated in 1974. The Friends play an integral role in assisting the Director and Library staff in serving our community. A Board of Directors is nominated from the membership of the Friends. Officers are elected annually, and board meetings are generally held on the 3rd Thursday of each month except July and August at 10 AM in the Thornton Room (basement level) of the library. The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.
The Friends support the library with materials, equipment, programs, museum passes, and with specific projects such as Books on Wheels. The friends are a non-profit organization and receive their funds primarily from membership dues and book sales generated by their bookstore. They are also the recipient of memorial funds and individual contributions.
Their efforts are limited only by their finances. The Friends administer certain grants and bequests. Their support is supplemental to the funds available to the library from the Town and State. Their role is becoming more important as funds from these sources become scarce. The Friends purchased the property on Bank Street adjacent to the Library for $130,000 to expand the parking area. Additionally, with the Building and Renovation Project capped at $3 million, the Friends stepped forward with the $200,000 the Town needed to obtain the Bond for the Project.
Please accept this invitation to join the Friends. 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 in off at the Library.
- 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