June 18, 2024

Friend Your Library

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The new year for Friends of East Providence Public Library begins on October 1. If you are currently a member, it is time to renew. If you are not yet a member, we welcome you to join us. Bright lime green membership application cards can be obtained at the circulation desk at Weaver Library, 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence or at Riverside Library, 475 Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside. Bring the completed form, with $10 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. Membership dues help to provide special projects, programs and events at the library.

Friends volunteer hundreds of hours preparing for bi-annual book sales and events. They donate hundreds of books each year to local organizations to promote free access to reading materials for everyone. They contribute thousands of dollars annually to help provide educational and fun activities and programs for people of all ages in our community. Friends purchased a storage shed at Weaver Library for equipment used for outdoor library programs. They annually pay for museum passes to allow community residents to visit educational venues for free or at a reduced rate.

Friends have provided funds for a storage shed for equipment at Fuller Creative Learning Center, children’s tables and chairs, and virtual reality headsets for Fuller. This summer, the Friends purchased a picnic table for Riverside Library so that staff could enjoy meals or break time outdoors. Most recently, they funded the new vertical display case at Riverside Library to provide an opportunity for display of interesting collections from the community. In addition, the Friends sponsor programs throughout the year, including summer reading programs, the annual Pumpkin Stroll and children’s costume contest, and poinsettias to decorate the library at the holidays.

You can be part of this community-focused group. As an added bonus, your membership card provides entry to the preview sale night for the Fall Book Sale on Thursday, October 12, from 6-8 p.m., the day before the sale opens to the public, October 13 to15, as well as to preview night for the Spring Book Sale. This is the best time to buy the best books. Sign up now to avoid waiting in line on preview night. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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