The Friends of the East Longmeadow Public Library, Inc. is dedicated to fostering a love of libraries, books, and reading in the East Longmeadow Community. It is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization. Our mission is to advocate and financially support the East Longmeadow Public Library. Membership dues and our fundraising activities enables our library to move from good to great - providing the resources for additional programming; much needed equipment; support for all summer reading programs and events throughout the years.
The Next Meeting of the Friends is scheduled for Monday, March 6, 2023
in the Community Room.
Our Chocolate Sampling event returned on Saturday, February 11th from 1-3PM. We had a variety of chocolate desserts such as cookies, cakes, cupcakes and other goodies to offer our visitors. We enjoyed seeing familiar faces as well as made new "Friends" that we hope will return next year.
Applications for 2 Vinick Memorial Scholarship Awards in the amount of $1,500 are now available. Applicants must reside in East Longmeadow and be entering their freshman year as a full-time student at an accredited college in the fall of 2023. Students do not have to attend the East Longmeadow High School to be eligible. The deadline is March 15. For more information and scholarship applications click here:
Our January 2023 Newsletter has been published. There is plenty of exciting articles for you to read and enjoy so that you may stay up-to-date
with your favorite library!
Purpose: The Friends believe the East Longmeadow Public Library is a vital literary, cultural and social center of our community. We help educate the public about library issues and promote good-will. Our organization is committed to financially supporting the East Longmeadow Public Library so that it can offer outstanding activities and programs to individuals of all ages.
Accomplishments: We are proud to bring you tried-and-true events and are open to learn and participate in any new endeavors. Thanks to the support of the membership dues, year-round fundraisers, donations, and the sale of Friends' merchandise, the Friends have been able to supplement the library's operating budget. Take a look at some of the outcome of our efforts:
* Museum Passes . . .
* Summer Reading Program
* Story Times
* Orion Starblast Telescope . . .
* Podium for Guest Speakers
* Canopy Tent - Outdoor Activities
* BookPage monthly magazine
* Playaway Launchpads Tablets-Children
* Nintendo Switch, Controllers, Video
* Computer & Movie Licenses
* Computers, tables & software-Teen Department
* Stacking chairs and flip-top tables-Community Room
* Kindles and eBooks
* Arts & Craft Kits "To Go"
* Popcorn Machine-movie matinees
* Enhancements: 1. Community Room:
a. Linoleum Floor
b. Stacking Chairs
c. Flip-top tables
d. New AV system
2. Mobile AV system
3. New Carpets
Qualifications for membership: Any patron of the East Longmeadow Public Library is eligible to become a Friend regardless of where you live. When you join, your membership dues helps to enrich and promote the library.
Time Restraints? Interested in helping the Library, but don't have the time to actively participate? We understand. What about becoming a supporting Friend? The Friends offers memberships to those who would like to financially support the library on an annual basis. We offer a variety of support levels.
Meetings: The Friends meet in the library's Community Room the first Monday of each month, from September thru June. Meetings start at 6:30PM. Members and the general public are welcome to attend and share new ideas OR email us at email@example.com. We'd love to hear from you! We discuss proposals for new fundraisers and consider requests made by staff in an effort to help make our library one of the best in Western Massachusetts.
To join, renew or donate
You Can Also Support the Friends by:
Paving the path to literacy one brick at a time.... Remember a loved one; honor a teacher; celebrate a special occasion like a graduation, birthday, anniversary, retirement; or promote your business. Set your name in stone for decades. When you purchase a personalized, engraved brick to be placed in the Literacy Path you are helping the Friends provide programing, events and materials benefiting the library and its patrons.