Friends of the Library


Friends of Swampscott Public Library Website

Click here for the Friends of Swampscott Library Website! While we have some basic information below, please use the Friends new website for current information and for PayPal contributions.

Our Mission

The Friends is a tax-exempt entity that provides volunteer help, conducts an annual book sale, sponsors programs for adults, purchases all museum passes, funds the library newsletter and underwrites many Young Adult and Children’s Room activities.

The Friends is a tax-exempt entity that finances library programs for all ages. In particular, we fund:
* Chorover Author Series, which has featured William Landay, Lisa Genova, Roland Merullo, Lois Lowry, Dennis Lehane, Elinor Lipman, Tom Perrotta, Andre Dubus III, Julia Glass, and Jane Yolen.
*Children’s Room Summer Programs, including Family Night
* Young Adult programs, including art classes, concert of local bands, and teen poetry contest
*Furnishings and equipment
*Library newsletter
*Russian programs

We support the library through volunteer efforts:
*Conducting annual book sale
*Planning a spring Friends event with speakers
*Providing museum passes
*Running volunteer programs to assist library staff

The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library provides museum passes for:
*Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
*Museum of Fine Arts
*Museum of Science
*Children’s Museum
*Peabody-Essex Museum
*JFK Library
*Zoo New England Franklin Park & Stone Zoo
*House of Seven Gables
*Lynn Museum
*Harvard Museum of Natural History
*Institute of Contemporary Art
*New England Aquarium

Your dues are our major source of funds, but other ways to give financial support are:
*Attending book sale and other fund-raising events
*Bequests/endowments – contact Alyce Deveau, Library Director, for further information
*Commemorative/memorial/special occasion cards
*Book purchases in honor/memory of someone
*Purchasing book covers

We meet on the second Monday of each month at 7:00pm. You are welcome to join us at any time. Please pick up a membership envelope at the library and return it with your tax-deductible dues. Thank you for your generous support in recent years, and we look forward to your continues support in 2014. 100% of your donations go directly to support the library.

If you can’t come by the library to get an envelope the dues are: Contributor $15
Patron $25-$99
Sponsor $100-$499
Donor $500-$999
Benefactor $1000 + over
Please send to Treasurer, Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, PO Box 28, Swampscott, MA 01907-0028


Sincerely, Ellen Winkler, President
Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, Inc.


  • President: Ellen Winkler
  • Treasurer: Gail Brock
  • Clerk: Betty Redstone
  • Assistant Clerk: Alison Kenney

Friends Receive Congressional Certificate

Congressman John F. Tierney presented a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition to the Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. The certificate reads: On the occasion of the celebration of its Fortieth Anniversary and in recognition of its contribution to the community through its dedicated support and service of the Swampscott Public Library.

Memorial Cards

The Friends sell all-occasion memorial cards. They are available at the Main Desk for a minimum donation of $5.00. We will also print an acknowledgement in the newsletter.

Friends Endowment Funds

The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library have two endowment programs in place to support programs at the library. One endowment is the Lee Golomb Cadiff Memorial Poetry contest, which is funded yearly to provide support to students in the middle and senior high school who have a love of poetry. The second endowment is the Chorover Memorial program fund. This endowment will be used to fund programs for adults and children and to establish an author series at the library. If anyone is interested in contributing to either of these funds, you may make a tax-deductible donation to the Friends of the Swampscott Library and specify that you would like the donation to be deposited in this account.