What is a Friend of the Library?

The Friends are a non-profit, charitable group formed to support the library. The Friends of Library are often involved in fundraising, advocacy, volunteering, public awareness campaigns, and literacy programs. Some examples of this are raising funds through ice cream socials and book & bake sales, purchasing special items not included in the library budget, assisting at children’s programs, finding individuals and groups to display artwork within the library, maintaining the exterior appearance of the libraries, and creating public support for the library.

How do I become a Friend of the Library?

Currently two branches within the NOPL system maintain Friends groups. All residents are invited to join and support their local public library. Read below for more information or pick up a handout at your local branch, and learn more by attending a Friend’s meeting.

 Our Friends group was formed for the charitable purpose of supporting the Northern Onondaga Public Library at Brewerton, New York in educating the citizens of Brewerton and in the surrounding areas regarding the benefits and programs of the library and assisting in the funding of those programs.

2015-16 Friends’ Officers

Co-president – Lauren Lalley
Co-president – Marilyn Bulriss
Treasure – Jo Ann Reed
Secretary – Karen Spera

A new fundraising season is upon us. We have started to plan of our next annual Used Book Sale. We will begin collecting books on May 16th. Books may be dropped off during regular library hours at the Brewerton Library. We are accepting any new or gently used fiction/non-fiction hardcover books, paperback books, and DVDs. Please no VHS tapes, encyclopedias, or magazines. The dates for the sale have been set for June 9th, 10th, and 11th. Thursday, June 9th will be a pre-sale from 5 – 7pm with a $5 admission fee; Friday, June 10th will be a regular sale day; and Saturday, June 11th will be an all day $5 bag sale. More information will be following. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and patronized our events in this past year. Without your help it would not be such a great success!

Friends of NOPL at Brewerton are continually accepting new members. If you would like to join, please stop by the library to leave your name and contact information at the circulation desk and we will get in touch with you or please come to our next meeting in the community room at the NOPL at Brewerton on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing a lot of new faces in the new year!

Friends of NOPL at Cicero are continually accepting new members. If you would like join, please stop by the library and leave your name and contact information at the desk and or email us we will get in touch with you.

President: Joanne Ranz
Vice President: Linda O’Connor
Secretary: Elizabeth Villari
Treasurer: Mary Ann Brown

Advertising Barbara Toly
Display Case Jackie Robbins
Flowers Judy Holden & Linda O’Connor
Membership Libby Thomas
Raffle Baskets Charlotte Coleman
Book Bundles Charlotte Coleman & Libby Thomas
Book & Bake Sales Chairpersons Linda O’Connor & Joanne Ranz
Scouts Libby Thomas
Ice Cream Social Linda O’Connor, Liz Cullen & Joanne Ranz

  • Create community support and advocate for the library
  • Raise funds to purchase special items not included in the library budget
  • Sponsor reading programs for children. Encourage individuals and groups to display in the library display case
  • Maintain the flowers at the library entrance

Saturday, February 6, 2016 : Book and Bake Sale 9:30 – 3pm
Thursday, June 2, 2016: Ice Cream Social 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday, September 17, 2015: Book and Bake Sale 9:30 – 3pm

Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at NOPL @ Cicero Library.

  • January 16, 2016
  • April 13, 2016
  • May 4, 2016
  • September 7, 2016
  • October 19, 2016