The Friends is a group of citizens of West Boylston and other towns who understand the importance of library service to the community. They work in a variety of ways to help improve the library by providing funding for programming, technology, the Museum Pass Program and other expenses not covered in the municipal budget. They also are important advocates for the library.
Friends membership dues and the Friends Annual Book Sale are the primary forms of income for this endeavor. We encourage you to join or renew your membership to The Friends. Membership runs from January through December each year. Non-resident Friends members gain an added benefit of being able to reserve museum passes in advance. Show your support for the Library and Join the Friends today!
The Friends Annual Event is Coming!
Join us on Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m.-noon for a Tombstone Talk and Interactive Tour of Mount Vernon Cemetery
Cemeteries are not just collections of tombstones identifying their below-ground inhabitants. Upon closer inspection, gravestones often portray beautiful graphics ranging from the spiritually uplifting to the cryptically spooky, as well as epitaphs that can deliver humorous or even blunt messages of warning to cemetery visitors.
What other unique images and messages about the passed people and past times of West Boylston does our local cemetery present to us?
The tour will be led by cemetery historian Brenda Sullivan, a principal of The Gravestone Girls. With permission of the Mount Vernon Cemetery Commission, the event will include a gravestone rubbing demonstration and the opportunity for participants to do their own revealing (and non-damaging) rubbings of decades- or even centuries-old gravemarkers.
Tickets for the interactive tour and talk are $5 per person, capped at $15 per family, and includes gravestone rubbing supplies. To be held rain or shine; bring umbrellas if necessary. Tickets are avialable now at Beaman LIbrary, or online at: http://bit.ly/TombTalk. Preregistration is requested.
The beautiful Holbrook Chapel at the entrance of Mount Vernon Cemetery will also be open for tours.
Support the Friends through Smile.Amazon.com
We are pleased to announce a new way to make a difference at our library:
1. If you shop at Amazon.com and want a percentage (0.5%) to go to the Friends, log in through smile.amazon.com
(It will not work if you start shopping at amazon.com)
2. On the right it says Select a Charity. Halfway down it says "Or pick your own charitable organization."
3. Do a search for 'Friends of Beaman.' Select the one that says West Boylston, MA. Happy Shopping!
The Friends Amazon Page
Check the Friends of the Beaman Library Amazon Page before you purchase your next book. Go to this page and click the products tab to see all that they are currently selling! You may find just what you are looking for and each purchase provides funding to the Friends!
If you would like to offer your services by serving on the Friends Board, please call the library 508-835-3711.