Friends of the Wilmot Public Library (FOWPL)

Letter from Carol MacDonald, president of the FOWPL board, to fellow directors.

Beeswax Wraps - Anyone wishing to order more beeswax wraps, please call Carol MacDonald at 526-6341. Each packet of 3 is $10.

Sweatshirts - We have two medium navy hoodies, one medium gray hoodie, one small navy hoodie, and one small gray hoodie -- $25. 

About the Friends of the Wilmot Public Library (FOWPL) We are a nonprofit organization of volunteers who raise funds to supplement the Town library budget. This is done through bake sales, silent auctions, raffles, dinners, etc. This is the 30th year that FOWPL has been supporting the library. The Friends was started in May, 1988. The library was facing some expenses due to the renovations of connecting the town hall with the school to be the library with bathrooms. Goodbye to the outdoor toilet!!

Since that time, FOWPL has contributed substantially to the Library budget. For instance, between 2004 and 2007, we contributed a total of $75,850. In recent times, we average between $5,000 and $6,000 per year.

In May of each year, we hold our annual meeting, which is open to the community and includes a speaker. Notice of our annual meeting, as well as our programs and fundraising events, are posted on the Library’s main page, advertised in the Kearsarge Shopper, and listed on the WOW calendar.

Because we depend on memberships and donations, joining the Friends is a great way to support the library. The cost is only $5 per person. Dues and donations support the on-going needs of the Library, providing equipment and supporting many programs. In 2017, we had 85 households that were Friends! Membership forms are available at the library, the Wilmot Post Office, and the WCA Red Barn.

Tiny Libraries Project Have you seen our Tiny Libraries? There are nine of them. Each one was painted and decorated by the person who “adopted” it. They are located in various places around town:
  • Wilmot Town Green, 
  • Corner of Pancake Street and Campground Road, 
  • Wilmot Learning Place preschool building, 
  • Timmy Patten Park Beach on Shindagan Road, 
  • Intersection of Sawyer and North Wilmot Roads, 
  • Three places on Campground Road, and 
  • Top of Bog Mountain 
Take a book! Return a book! Leave a book! Friends Award Last year, the Friends of the Wilmot Public Library received the 2017 Sue Palmatier Award for Outstanding Support by a “Friends of the Library” Group from the New Hampshire Library Trustee Association. Annual Meeting On May 24, the Friends held their Annual Meeting and reelected their board members for another term. Officers remain the same: Carol MacDonald, president, Amy Swindell, vice president, Nola Aldrich, Treasurer, and Joanne Franklin, secretary.


Board Members from left to right:
Mary Fanelli, Carol MacDonald, Nola Aldrich, Amy Swindell, Deb Ransom, Joanne Franklin, Mary Kulacz, Jen Leary. Not present: Sarah O'Connor.