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.
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!