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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 - Vacant

Treasurer - Carrie Braney

Secretary - Alice Kao

Committee Chairs

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

Bookmark Contest

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


Other Expenditures


Past purchases include:  Speaker system, printer, tables for meeting room….

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

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