Who Are the Friends?
We are the Friends of the Joshua Hyde Public Library in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The Friends were incorporated in 1985 to raise funds for the expansion of the Library building. We continue to support the Library in its outreach to the community, through not only books, but newer technology, allowing greater access to information and entertainment for all members of the public. The Friends organize the annual book sales and other activities to raise funds. We also provide a greater commodity to our library – you the volunteers – who give time, know-how, hard work and creativity (as well as a ton of used books!) to all our endeavors. Thank You!
President - Donna Englander
Vice President - Patti Affenito
Treasurer - Carrie Braney
Secretary - Alice Kao
Jane Zavistoski & Leila Glaser
Bulletin Editor - Bailey Applegate
Technology - Hannah Darling
Membership - Anne Fisher
What do the Friends do?
The Friends Fund:
Children and Youth Programs
Past programs have included shows on music & rhythm, magic, puppets, jewelry making, live animals as well as arts & crafts projects.
Summer Reading Program
Each year a specific theme is introduced for programs and projects.Children are encouraged to read and prizes are awarded for participation
Children’s Program Supplies
Arts and crafts supplies; Story Time and project supplies; Seed for window bird feeder; Supplies to promote reading
All ages are encouraged to make bookmarks using a designated theme.The winners get a framed bookmark at a reception for all who participated. Copies of the top bookmarks are printed and distributed.
Museum Passes and Discounts
Passes or discounts to 15 Fun places to visit
Adult Programs and Events
Past programs have included:Author Visits; Gravestone Girls; Maichack Pastel Art; Indian and Chinese Cooking; Stealing Rembrandts; Ted Reinstein – around New England; On-line job Search
Book Discussion and Film Festival
Two book discussion groups meet once a month from September through May with one in the afternoons and the other evenings.Special event with author – Stewing Over Mysteries at the Publick House.There is also a film series in January/February to lighten the dark months.
Adult Programs and Summer Reading Program
Stealing Rembrandts; Gravestone Girls; Lizzie Borden; Maichack Arts; Indian and Chinese Cooking; On-line job Search
Children and Youth Programs
Puppet shows, magic shows, jewelry making, music & rhythm; Christmas with Santa; Red Sox Day; Farmer Minor and Daisy (pig); Star Wars Symposium; YA Mindbender & Mentalist program
Past purchases include: Speaker system, printer, tables for meeting room….
Lists up-coming events; reports on activities
News and information; How to Volunteer; Donate
Printing, Postage, Misc. administrative expenses
How We Fund Programs and Expenditures
Three Book Sales a Year
April, August, October
Special events and Benefit Fundraisers
Mini-golf at the Library; Publick House partnership dinner, Stop & Shop