Friends of the Library

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.  

Friends of the Merrimack Public Library Membership and Update Letter - May 25, 2022

Friends of the Merrimack Public Library Membership and Update Letter - June 29, 2021


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. The membership year runs from June 1 to May 31 of the calendar year. Thank you for your support! View the Become a Friends Member brochure.

 

Student/ Senior $10.00

 

Contributing Individual $15.00

 

Contributing Household $25.00

 

Donor $50.00

 

General Donation (open amount)


 



Support the Friends While You Shop with Amazon Smile

The Friends of the Merrimack Public Library are now on Amazon Smile! Support the Friends while you shop on Amazon by setting them as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile. Then just head to smile.amazon.com and shop as you usually would! amazon smile logo

To set it up, simply:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com
  2. Click "Get Started"
  3. Log into your Amazon account
  4. Search for Friends of the Merrimack Public Library
  5. Select the Friends as your charity organization

Once you've set the Friends as your charity organization of choice, Amazon will donate a portion of the proceeds they make from your purchases directly to the Friends of the Merrimack Public Library!

 


Activities & Fundraising

Meetings

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.

Book Sales

Thank you for making our June 11th Book Sale a success! Early tallies estimate the sale took in $2,329! Stay tuned for information about our next Book Sale.

We accept donations throughout the year and these can be dropped off during the hours that we are 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 or periodicals.  Friends members who are interested in volunteering during a book sale should contact Director Yvette Couser at ycouser@merrimacklibrary.org.

Events

We are pleased to support the Library's Summer Reading Program "Oceans of Possibilities" by funding a Kick-off concert in the park with children's performer Ben Rudnick & Friends and raffle basket prizes for kids, teens, and adults. We have pledged to make a donation to this year's program partners, the Seacoast Science Center. Read and earn your badges - the Friends will donate $1/badge earned, with a possible maximum donation to the SSC of $600. 

 


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! 

 


 

Executive Board June 2022-June 2023

Officers (two year terms, staggered odd/even years)

Members At-Large (2) (one year terms)


      • Pauline DuCharme (June 2023)
      • Rick Barnes (June 2023)

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