Friends (FOWPL)

Pamper Your Dog Raffle

The drawing for the Friends of the Wilmot Public Library “Pamper Your Dog” raffle was held on June 16 at the Library’s Community Get Together. Over 60 donated dog-related donated items were beautifully packaged. Thanks to all who bought tickets, we raised $915.

Grand Prize winner Helene Begley took home a 35-gallon galvanized tub filled with a wide assortment of goodies and treats.

Other winners were:  Melinda Conrad, the Unleashed Pet Shop donation; Kathy DeCosta, the Compassion Veterinary Hospital gift; and Brianne Bemis, items donated by Pleasant Lake Veterinary Hospital.

Friends of the Library are grateful to all who so generously donated items for the raffle as well as those who purchased tickets. A special thank you goes to Kathy LaVallee who organized the raffle, provided the tub and other containers, printed the tickets, and was active in promoting the fundraiser. Her efforts and those of Rhonda Gauthier yielded a sizeable donation to the Friends of the Wilmot Public Library.

Friends of the Wilmot Public Library (FOWPL) is 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.

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 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