Members of the Friends are those citizens who regard the library as a vital information and community agency, a cultural center, and a major education institution. They know that a community is a better place in which to live if it has an excellent library. The Friends organization was begun in 1976 when the library was located in the Tobey Library on High Street by a group of mothers that brought their children to the library regularly.
Through a program of volunteer, promotional, and fund-raising activities, the Friends help acquire important materials and equipment beyond the confines of the library’s regular operating budget. The Friends also organize and support cultural and community activities for the citizens of Wareham, and help to inform the community of the library’s resources, services and needs.
Anyone can become a member of the Friends of the Wareham Free Library. Stop by the library for a membership form, or message us through Facebook. You can also learn more at their website here.
Summer Indoor Used Book Sales
The dates and times for our upcoming summer indoor used sale will be:
Thursday, July 22 – 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday, July 23 – 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday, July 24 – 9:30 AM – 2 PM
Thursday, August 19 – 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday, August 20 – 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday, August 21 – 9:30 AM – 2 PM
Used book sales will be held in the Meeting Room of the Main Library, and access to the sale is from the Meeting Room door, not through the library. Please bring your own shopping bags.
Book donations will be accepted in the book donation bin of the hallway by the Meeting Room of the Main Library. Please do not drop books off at any other time. Acceptable donations include clean, slightly used books. Donations of soiled, damaged, moldy books, encyclopedias, or magazines will not be accepted.
New England Irish Harp Concert – July 31 (3 PM)
Join the Friends of the Wareham Free Library for a free outdoor concert on Saturday, July 31 at 3 PM. The incredible New England Irish Harp Orchestra will perform in the Library garden (in rear of library, off the Children’s Room).
The Orchestra was founded in 2005 and has performed locally in New England and Ireland. Members perform traditional and contemporary music in a variety of genres. To hear their music and learn more about them, you can click here.
Please bring chairs and/or blankets to enjoy this performance sponsored by the Friends of the Wareham Free Library. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wareham Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Each year the Friends ask for donations to support their early literacy program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This worldwide initiative has registered more than one million children ages 0 to 5 years old to participate in a program that provides one free book mailed each month to its members. To date, the Friends have registered 340 Wareham children and 106 of them have graduated when they turned 5.
This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe our program is more important than ever. While the Library is providing curb service, children are not able to visit the Library as they have in the past. So making sure our young ones receive books at home through the Imagination Library is a great way to keep books in their hands! Here is one mother’s comment. One of her children has graduated from the program, but two still participate, including her youngest born in May. Kelly C states:
—My kids absolutely love getting books in the mail every month through the Imagination Library program. Dolly sends out really incredible books: books celebrating diversity, traditions, self acceptance and inclusion, books that take place in a multitude of settings and with many different relationship dynamics explored. I truly can’t express the value of the worlds that the Imagination Library books allow my children to gaze into, especially during such an isolating time in our lives.
We are so pleased to see that this early literacy program is such a great success, and we plan to continue it in 2021. But to do so, we must raise another $25 for each child that is already registered, as well as raise funds for our new registrants. So, please consider sponsoring one or more children.
To do so, make your check to Friends of the WFL along with your name, mailing address, and email to:
Friends of the Wareham Free Library
P.O. Box 735
Wareham, MA 02571
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!