Friends of the Farmington Libraries

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The Organization

The Friends of the Farmington Libraries is a supportive group which as approximately 700 members with a working committee of 35-40. Membership is open to anyone. The annual fee is $15 for an individual and $20 for a family. Sustaining and Patron memberships are also available for a larger donation.

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Read our latest newsletter here.

Upcoming Events

The big annual used book sale, conducted by the Friends in the Community Room of the main library, will be held this year during the first week of April. The room will be filled with tables bursting with good-quality used books and other items for your pleasure. Preparations will start Monday, April 1, and the sale dates and hours will be as follows:

  • Thursday, April 4 – preview sale, 9:15 to 10:00 AM ($10 admission), followed by the regular sale, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM (free admission)
  • Friday, April 5 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 6 – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, closed briefly, then reopen for the giant bag sale, 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM, with our bags filled by you for $7 each

This year donations have slowed down a bit, so we are still accepting books for the sale. In addition to printed books, we will sell audio-visual items such as CDs & DVDs, books on CD, puzzles, and games. If you have items you would like to donate, please bring them to either library by the 25th of March. Please make sure that your books are clean, fairly new, and not so far out-of-date that they are useless. Our dumpster space is limited, so please tear off the covers and recycle your obsolete and tattered items at your own home.

We are still in need of volunteers to help with the sale chores – moving books to community room, preparation in the room, and/or working at the sale. There will be a sign-up sheet at the main library, and you are encouraged to sign up if you are a new volunteer. We all have a lot of fun doing this sale, but it takes over 100 volunteers to do it properly. and we always like to welcome new “bookies”.

Remember that this is our major fund-raising event of the year; and all profits will go to the library. Please come and shop for bargains – where else can you buy 4 books for $10 or so and not have to wait for them to be shipped to you, or get 10 books for your children for less than $20? All that imagination-provoking literature, and you will be helping your community at the same time – we look forward to seeing you there.

This year, on Saturday of the sale, we will also have a bake sale, in the lobby, featuring the usual homemade goodies. So come that day and shop for food for both body and soul!

Donations

Throughout the year, the Friends of the Farmington Libraries accept and appreciate donations of used books and media items to be sold at periodic sales, as well as in the Book Nook, in the main Farmington Library. The profits from all sales are used to support library programs for children and adults and help in the purchase of needed books, technology items and other library materials.

Donations can be brought to the circulation desks at the Barney Library (71 Main Street) or the Main Library (6 Monteith Drive). Adult and children’s books, hardcover and paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction, in excellent condition are especially appreciated. Other good sellers are cookbooks and gardening books, special interest books, CDs, DVDs, books on CD, games and puzzles, and unique vintage books that are clean and intact. Classics and poetry books are also appreciated.

Not needed are books or other items in poor condition; also encyclopedias, magazines, Readers’ Digest condensed books, and dated (prior to 2014) travel guides, medical/health information or investment tips.

We are very grateful for your donations! Without your generosity, we would not be able to raise
money as we (Friends) do at our yearly book sales & BOOK NOOK, which benefit the many
library programs we all enjoy.

Based on our experience with donations, we do have to impose some guidelines as to age and
condition of the books. We can no longer take old books, especially those that have been
basement/garage or attic stored and those books where dates are important to their content. All
donated books need to be CLEAN, not torn or tattered or written in.

Tax Statements:
If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please ask at the circulation desk.

Others helpful suggestions:
If possible, please limit your donations to one or two boxes or bags at a time. Donations may be brought to the circulation desks at the Barney Library or main Farmington Library throughout the year.

Don’t forget to “shop” our BOOK NOOK throughout the year!

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