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Friends of the Library

ABOUT THE FRIENDS

Since 1984, the Friends of the South Burlington Public Library have been at work behind the scenes, actively supporting the staff, programs, events, and mission of the Library. A small annual membership donation ($10 or more), when added together with others, makes a big difference in what the Friends can do for the Library. 

As a Friend, you are invited to attend the special Friends’ social events where you will meet other Library enthusiasts. In addition, volunteers are always welcome and needed to help with the Friends’ planning, hospitality, and fund-raising projects, or in our Book Shop. It’s fun to work with others who value the Library as a community and education center.

The Friends of the South Burlington Public Library support the mission, programs, events, and staff of the South Burlington Public Library through fundraising, volunteerism, and advocacy.

Our mailing address is Suite 245, 150 Dorset St, PMB 235, South Burlington, VT 05403
Questions? Email fotsbpl@gmail.com
Stay connected to the Friends on Facebook

BECOMING A MEMBER:
ONLINE
PRINT & MAIL FORM
You may also pick up/drop-off a form at the Library or Wheeler House, 1100 Dorset Street.
       
The Friends of the South Burlington Public Library is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and membership contributions are fully deductible as allowed by law. 

 

A NOVEL IDEA USED BOOK SHOP

A Novel Idea
Wheeler House
1100 Dorset Street, South Burlington

A Novel Idea, the Friends of the Library used bookshop, will be closed until further notice.
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DONATED BOOKS!!
If you do have donations at this time, please email the Friends to make an appointment fotsbpl@gmail.com

NORMAL HOURS: Closed until further notice
Open April - October: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10 am -2 pm
Open November - March: ONLY Friday & Saturday, 10 am -2 pm
Closed on holidays and if inclement weather.

Come to our Book Shop and support the Library!
We have recent books in great condition, sorted by author last name (adult fiction) and genre (adult non-fiction). We also have recent books in great condition available for sale at the Library - ask to be directed to the Friends Kiosk.


BOOK DONATION GUIDELINES

Your book donations are the only source supplying our Book Shop. We run the Book Shop to generate funds to help our library, and ask you to
help by presorting your books before bringing them to us. Remember the books should be ones you would buy:
•   Hardcover or paperbacks in gently used and clean condition
•   Ten years or less since publication
•   Fiction, non-fiction, cooking, gardening, DVDs for adults and children
•   Picture books, chapter books for children
•   Classic novels

We cannot accept: 
•   VHS tapes or CD
•   Coffee table books
•   Magazines
•   Text books
•   Religious books
•   Foreign language books
•   Readers Digest books

The Friends receive all book donations for the Library - please bring books that fit the guidelines to the Book Shop during open hours.
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE BOOKS ON THE PORCH OR IN THE ENTRYWAY!
We accept donations ONLY during open hours at the Book Shop at Wheeler House. The Wheeler House is shared and we do not expect our neighbors to deal with bags or boxes of books at other hours. Thank you for donations and taking the time to sort your books.
WE APPRECIATE IT!

 

For 2020, the Library is counting on the Friends to help fund the following:  

The Friends are also looking ahead to the opening of the new Library in 2021 and are raising money to help enhance the collections, technology, and spaces.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Meetings
Meetings are open to the public and are usually held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. at Wheeler House, 1100 Dorset Street

April 23, 9 am - Virtual Monthly Meeting (please email us at fotsbpl@gmail.com for the link

August 27 - no meeting

Events

FRIENDS’ LEADERSHIP 

Officers 7/1/19-6/30/20:
President, Katherine McConnell
Vice President, Sue Raatikainen
Secretary, Barbara Harrison
Treasurer, Frances Williams

ANOTHER WAY TO GIVE: AMAZON SMILE
If you make online purchases through Amazon, consider using Amazon Smile.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of purchases to the Friends when you set it up. All purchases must be made through the Amazon Smile portal.

1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0272790
2. Login using your existing Amazon account or register as a new user.
3. The Friends should come up automatically, but if not, search for and select Friends of the S Burlington Comm Libr S Burlington High School (we have submitted the paperwork to officially update our name, but it is not yet finalized).  

VOLUNTEERING

Book Shop

Volunteers take 2-hour shifts at our lovely shop; selling books, helping customers with selections, sorting and shelving books. Located in the Wheeler House at 1100 Dorset Street, A Novel Idea volunteers enjoy a lovely view of the gardens and mountains. Shifts are available during open hours, 10-12 or 12-2. You can take 1 shift per month, 1 shift per week – whatever works for you.

To learn more about volunteering at the Book Shop, please email us. If you are current Book Shop volunteer, please click here for our Novel Idea Volunteer Signup Sheet.

Committees

Like organizing things? Then please consider joining our Book Shop & Sale Committee.
Like to get to know our members? Then please consider joining our Membership Committee.
Like planning events and activities for your family and friends? Then please consider joining our Programs and Events Committee.
Like hosting people and making sure delectable treats are available to sample? Then please consider joining our Hospitality Committee.
Not up for a committee? We can always use help with 1-time tasks.
Please email us for additional information.* Please try Hannaford’s, Replays, Goodwill or recycling for books that we cannot use.