Wanted: Gently Used Books
Be a friend of the Friends of the Guilford Free Library. The Friends volunteer their time and energy reselling donated books to provide major support for the library’s programs and services.
We are looking for contemporary and vintage books in saleable condition. Please, no magazines, videos, or dirty, moldy, sticky, chewed, stained, browned, torn, underlined, or highlighted books! A receipt is always provided for your tax returns.
Donations may be dropped off at any time during library hours. Thanks for your generosity!
The Friends of the Guilford Free Library Bus Trip 2017
Join us on Tuesday, May 9 for a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.
What to See in the MFA
In a word, plenty. In addition to the MFA’s comprehensive collection (fourth largest in the USA) and several recently re-installed galleries, there is an international traveling exhibition, “Matisse in the Studio,” which examines how objects from the artist’s personal collections influenced his art. “Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey” celebrates the 75th anniversary of the beloved Boston-based story, which influenced book illustration, sold more than two million copies, and inspired the bronze replicas in the Boston Public Garden. Also on view are superb American paintings going back to the colonial period; celebrated works by Turner, Monet, Gauguin and Caillebotte; Picassos and Pollocks; and the first painting Frida Kahlo ever sold. If you are feeling contemplative, you can stroll in the Tenshin-en Japanese garden, an arrangement of stones and plantings that symbolically expresses the vastness of nature. If you are feeling hungry, you can have a bite in one of the four restaurants. If money is burning a hole in your pocket, you can enjoy the bounty of the well-curated gift shops.
. . . and a Botticelli Bonus
If you can’t make it to Florence this spring, you can still get your fine art fix in Boston. The MFA will be hosting “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine,” the largest exhibition of the great Renaissance artist’s works ever shown in the United States. The show examines the artist’s shift from secular images of mythological gods and goddesses to more severe religious paintings.
Sign up begins IMMEDIATELY through April 15th at the Guilford Free Library Circulation Desk (203) 453-8282. Full payment required by Check (made out to Friends of the Library) Cash or Credit Card. Friends reserve the right to cancel should there be insufficient registration.
For further information call the library at 203 453-8282.
Please Note: There will be NO REFUNDS unless the ticket can be resold.
Thank you for 40 great years!
Follow the Money
Among the Friends’ many contributions to Library programs was financial support for StudioSpace, which held an inaugural open house on January 28. Equipped with low- and high-tech equipment, from ukuleles to programmable Lego sets, sewing machines to 3-D printers, StudioSpace allows library users to get their creative juices flowing, to experiment with new technology, and even to preserve the old, converting their old VHS tapes to DVDs. The event drew an inquisitive audience of young and old.
It Was a Very Good Year
For the Friends of the Library, 2016 was, as the song says, a very good year. For the fiscal year (which begins December 1), on site book sales brought in $56,803 and online sales added $29,089, boosting total income (which includes memberships) to $123,355, more than $23,000 above projections.
Friends’ funds contributed to the purchase of an irresistible toy fire truck for the Children’s Room, bean-bag loungers, and design blocks for the younger set as well as 3-D printers/scanners, new laptops and Chromebooks, and an enhanced microphone system in the Meeting Room for the rest of us. The Friends also financially supported a new Book Club Collection, i.e., multiple copies of books that circulate to local clubs so that members don’t have to purchase their own copies. Among the programs at the Library that benefited from Friends’ backing was the highly successful Comic Con, in which more than 600 people participated.
And so that nothing went to waste, we donated 722 books to the Read-to-Grow program, which distributes them to book-needy children. Other unsold books from the Fall Sale were sold to Discover Books, a commercial book resale company.
You can shop for books sold by the Friends of the Guilford Free Library online!
Joining the Friends is so easy!
Just come to our meetings the first Tuesday of the month 1:30 pm in the Library or fill out a membership form at the Library or online here. Tax deductible dues and donations are made at your discretion.
Friends of the Library Officers:
President: Douglas Gregory
Vice-President: Shelley Brewer
Secretary: Susan Leonard
Treasurer: Charlotte Currier
Assistant Treasurer: Nancy Wardell
The Friends of the Library accept book donations year-round for their annual sale. Please drop off items at the library. The staff at the circulation desk can provide you with a letter acknowledging your donation, which is tax deductible.
*Please don’t donate books that are tattered, dirty or underlined! Unfortunately, they don’t sell so we end up paying to have them carted away.