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2021 Annual Author Event

Join author Alison O'Leary for a  virtual presentation followed by a group hike!



More details here...
 

The A. D. Makepeace Company has generously offered to help the Wareham Library Foundation bridge the gap in essential funding for the Wareham Free Library.  A.D. Makepeace will match all donations to our “Bridge the Gap Fund” — up to $10,000— between now and Friday, April 9 which is the end of National Library Week. 

“We are so grateful that A.D. Makepeace, a leader in both the business and civic life of Wareham, has stepped forward with such a generous offer,” noted Liz Wiley, Foundation President.  “Community and business support are so vital in providing essential library services and we are gratified that there has been an outpouring  of both this year.”

Donations can be made by clicking the “Donate” button below or by sending a tax deductible check to:

Wareham Library Foundation
P.O. Box 485
East Wareham, MA 02538

The Wareham Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. 


Our dedicated library staff, with the help of the Foundation and Friends, has made remarkable progress over the past several years restoring and expanding library services and FY 2020 shapes up as a banner year. (see graphic) Over the first eight months, library visits and circulation expanded so much they approached levels we had not seen in almost a decade. Wareham Library Foundation support has been a major catalyst for this progress, since the Foundation and Friends of the Library are required to Bridge the Gap between town funding and what the library actually requires to operate at full capacity. The gap we are required to fill is about 20% of the library’s operating budget each year. This sustains the essential services that allow us to maintain library certification.


 
We need your help to "Bridge the Gap" and continue to provide outstanding libriary services to our community -- even during a pandemic!

The world came to a standstill this past spring with the spread of the COVID pandemic, but library did not. Though the physical building has been closed to the public, our staff has been active every day; providing online story hours for children, expanded online book groups, public education via the library’s website and starting this summer, preparing books and materials that patrons can reserve online and pick up curbside at the main library. The library staff has been caring, creative, and most importantly responsive to our community’s needs.

Your philanthropic support is needed more than ever to sustain and grow our vital library services. In the past several years, the Library Foundation has donated over $113,482 and our commitment grows every year as library services expand. We have only been able to accomplish this because of the generosity of donors like you.

Please make your donation today!

 




Join the Friends for a free outdoor concert at the Wareham Free Library. On Saturday, July 31 at 3:00 pm, the incredible New England Irish Harp Orchestra will perform in the Garden (off the Children's Room). The Orchestra was founded in 2005 and has performed locally in New England as well as in Ireland. Members perform traditional and contemporary music in a variety of genres. To hear their music and learn more about their members, visit their website here.
 
Please bring chairs and/or blankets to enjoy this performance sponsored by the Friends.
 
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wareham Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
 

USED BOOK SALES


 

The Friends are pleased to announce that we will be holding our used book sales once again at the Main Library at 59 Marion Road. Please bring your own shopping bags if possible. Each month we will have a special theme of books on sale, but we will always have plenty of books for all ages and in all genres.


July 22—Thursday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
July 23—Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
July 24—Saturday from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
July’s Sale Theme—Science Fiction and Fantasy
  
 August 19—Thursday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
August 20—Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
August 21—Saturday from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
August’s Sale Theme—Vintage Books and Classics