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 website for current information and for PayPal contributions.

Supporting the Friends

The Friends group can be supported in many ways:

*Financial contributions (tax deductible!) can be made through the Friends website using PayPal or a check.
*Attendance at our annual book sales and other fund-raising events
*Bequests/endowments – contact Jonathan Nichols, Library Director, for further information
*Commemorative/memorial/special occasion cards, for sale at the Main Desk of the Library
*Book purchases in honor/memory of someone
*Purchasing book covers, for sale at the Main Desk of the Library

100% of your donations go directly to support the library.

Your memberships are our major source of funds.  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 contribution. If you can’t come by the library to get an envelope the memberships 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

We meet on the first Monday of each month at 4 p.m. over Zoom. You are welcome to join us at any time.


Sincerely, Gail Brock, President
Friends of the Swampscott Public Library, Inc.

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 and teen poetry contest
*Furnishings and equipment
*Library newsletter

We support the library through volunteer efforts:
*Planning special programs and events
*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
*Boston Children’s Museum
*Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)
*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
*North Shore Children’s Museum


  • President: Gail Brock
  • Treasurer: Ian Brock
  • Assistant Treasurer: Sharon Scofield
  • Secretary: Julie Butters

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.