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!



Donna Englander

Vice President:






Committee Chairs

Book Sale Co-Chairs:

Jane Zavistoski - Leila Glaser

Bulletin Editor

Bailey Applegate


Hannah Darling


Anne Fisher - Sara Connor

What do the Friends do?

The Friends Fund:

Children’s Program Supplies

Arts and crafts supplies; Story Time and project supplies; Seed for window bird feeder; to promote reading

Summer Reading Program

Special programs such as: African Rhythms and Dance; Having Fun with Fossils and Dinosaurs; Magical Stories from Around the World Breakfast Club; Arts & crafts projects; Prizes

Bookmark Contest

Framed bookmarks and Reception for winners

Museum Passes and Discounts

Passes or discounts to 15 Fun places to visit

Adult Book Discussion Group

Monthly book discussion; Stewing over Mysteries program; Author visits – Local authors; Hallie Ephron

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

Other Expenditures


Printer; Tables for meeting room; AccuCut Equipment, Nook and e-books; Scanner; Speaker system;

Quarterly Newsletter

Lists up-coming events; reports on activities

Friends Website

News and information; How to Volunteer; Donate

Administrative Expenses

Printing, Postage, Misc. administrative expenses

How We Fund Programs and Expenditures

Friends of the Joshua Hyde Public Library