170 Main Street, Wardsboro, VT 05355
PO Box 137
802 896 3416 EMAIL
The Friends of the Wardsboro Library, Inc. is an all-volunteer support organization for the public library in Wardsboro, Vermont.
The Friends group is a nonprofit corporation that owns the town's library building. It's called the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building. The organization was established in 1999 and has been one of the most successful fundraising organizations in the area. Therefore, our efforts and the generosity of many donors and sponsors are what keeps the library doors open for every resident of Wardsboro and the neighboring towns.
Come to a Friends meeting at the Library, the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM - all are welcome. Volunteer at one of the Friends events. Our 2018 calendar of fundraising events is posted here.
What Friends Are For
The Friends of the Wardsboro Library Inc. is an all-volunteer support organization for the public library in Wardsboro, Vermont. It was established in 1999. We own the property, not the town, and we pay for the expenses. Therefore, our efforts and the generosity of many donors and sponsors are what keeps the library doors open for every resident of Wardsboro and the neighboring towns.
The Friends is a non-profit corporation dedicated to acting as advocate of the Wardsboro Public Library.
A Brief History of the Friends and the Public Library
The Friends of the Wardsboro Library was established in September 1999 with the primary purpose of providing support for the Wardsboro Public Library.
In August, 2001, the Wardsboro Public Library moved into its new home at 170 Main Street. The Library now occupies the first floor of the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building and, since August 2013, has expanded into the attached barn. The Friends provide the funds needed for utilities, maintenance, repairs, and improvements.
The Friends utilize the second floor of the building as their offices and meeting rooms. In addition to providing a library facility for the community, the Friends' mission includes sponsoring and supporting programs that serve the people of Wardsboro. Maintaining the integrity of the historic 1840s farmhouse and attached barn has been an important aspect of the effort to rehabilitate and modernize the interior of the building, and the Friends have consulted frequently with the Preservation Trust of Vermont.
In addition to turning the first floor of the house into a library, they have transformed the upstairs, consisting of five rooms, into efficient workspace and meeting rooms. The most recent and biggest project resulted in the grand opening of the attached barn in the summer of 2013 -- pictured left, computer workstations. The next major project could be finding a new purpose for the open attached machine sheds on the south side of the barn, another major fundraising effort.
Volunteering For A Good Cause
Interested in making new Friends while doing Community Service for a great cause? Plan to attend a monthly meeting to learn what the Friends are doing next. There are no member dues.
Come by on the first Wednesday of every month (except December) at 7 PM and join everyone in the conference room. Join other Friends to help with one of our annual events.
Can you write press releases, put up posters or distribute flyers? The Friends could use your help for one or more events. Help with grant research and grant writing. Volunteer to help with organizing our office space. Join those who keep our gardens beautiful in the summer.