December 7, 2022

That’s What Friends Are For

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If you parked in the lot behind Weaver Library, you may have noticed a new shed. It’s a storage area for equipment used for outdoor library programs. Costing $12,000, it was paid for by the Friends of the East Providence Public Library. For those who have attended the Weaver Library Farmers Market, you may be interested to learn that the Friends annually provide $4,500 toward its operating costs and promotion. If you’ve used the library website for information about services, programs, or activities, be aware that the Friends of the Library paid for the development of the website. Ever borrow a museum pass to visit Roger Williams Park Zoo or Boston Museum of Science at a reduced rate? Those passes and all the others are paid for by the Friends.

Over the years, the Friends of the Library have sponsored many projects that benefit the community including special classes and prizes for library contests and challenges and a storage shed, sign and equipment for the Fuller Creative Learning Center. In addition, the Friends of the Library donate hundreds of books each year to local organizations to promote free access to reading materials for everyone. This includes books for Little Libraries, the Faith to Hope Drive, the East Providence Senior Center, Riverside Sisters, the RI Department of Corrections and Wyatt Detention Center.

Why do they do it? Because that’s what Friends are for.

You can be part of this community-focused group. The Friends have set a goal of 300 members this year. Help reach that goal by joining now. As an added bonus, your membership card provides entry to the preview for the Spring and Fall Book Sales. This year’s Fall preview sale is on Thursday, October 13, from 6-8 p.m., the day before the sale opens to the public, October 14 to16.

Membership forms can be obtained at the Welcome Desk at Weaver Library, 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence or at Riverside Library, 475 Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside. Bring the completed form, with $5 per person, to either of those locations or mail your check to Friends of East Providence Public Library, 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914, and you can pick up your membership card at the book sale. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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