The Friends of the Merrimack Public Library (FMPL) is a group of volunteers interested in supporting, promoting, and enhancing the services provided by our town library. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Member contributions are tax deductible and entitle you to attend exclusive pre-sale book sales throughout the membership term.
FMPL provides Merrimack residents with "Books for Babies" gifts, donations to local charities on behalf of those who collectively meet Summer Reading Challenge goals, furnishes Little Free Libraries in our Town parks, runs Book Sales, and sponsors an array of educational and entertaining events.
Our assistance to the library and the Merrimack community depends largely on annual membership dues. Your contribution of $10 or more makes you a member of FMPL. Once you are a member, you'll receive email updates to keep you informed of events and volunteer opportunities. Your membership entitles you to attend the Members-Only Pre-Sale prior to our Book Sales, voting privileges at Executive Board meetings, and the opportunity to run for an Officer position on the Friends Executive Board.
Join the Friends! A Letter from Victoria Agnew, President, Friends of the Merrimack Public Library, June 2023
Become a Member
Your tax-deductible membership sponsors a diverse selection of programs including NH Humanities events, the Books for Babies project, children, teens, and adult summer reading incentives, and more. Your membership dues directly benefit the Merrimack community. Join online using the convenient buttons below or ask for a membership envelope at the Library's Circulation Desk. You can also download and print the Become A Friends Member brochure or pick up a copy near our Book Sale Shelf. The Membership year runs from June 1 to May 31 of the following year.
Thank you for your support!
Student/ Senior $10.00
Contributing Individual $15.00
Contributing Household $25.00
General Donation (open amount)
Activities & Fundraising
The next Board Meeting is September 25 at 7 pm, in the Director's Office.
The Friends of the Library Executive Board meets at the library on the last Monday of each month from September through June and any members are welcome and encouraged to join us. Please check the Library's Event Calendar for dates for our upcoming meetings. The Friends of the Library's Annual Meeting is held prior to the June Friends-Only Pre-Sale.
Friends Members' Only Pre-Sale Friday, September 8th from 5:15 pm - 7 pm.
Public Sale Saturday, September 9th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
We accept new or gently used books, video games or CDs to be included in our sales throughout the year and these can be dropped off during the hours that the library is open. Staff can provide donors with a blank receipt but donors are responsible for valuing the items. We do not accept VHS, cassette tapes, encyclopedias, text books, periodicals, coloring books, puzzles, toys, games, photo albums, or baby books and these items will be discarded. We will also discard moldy or damaged items.
Friends members who are interested in volunteering during a book sale should contact Director Yvette Couser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library's 2023 Summer Reading Program theme is "All Together Now!" This year's program will run from June 21st until August 16th. If participants reach our community reading goal of 600 badges, the Friends will make a donation to the Naticook Day Camp Scholarship Fund right here in Merrimack! Visit the Summer Reading Page to find out how to register and track your reading using our Beanstack app.
Books for Babies
Proceeds from Book Sales and Membership Dues fund our early literacy program, Books for Babies. Merrimack parents are invited to receive a gift to welcome a baby. Pick-up a gift bag in the Children's Room and enjoy the offerings to play, sing, and read with your baby!