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The mission of the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library is to “promote goodwill within the general community and the library community through community service to the Sawyer Free Library and advocacy for better library services for the community.” The Board worked diligently during 2011-2012 to fulfill our mission, and through our fundraising efforts have provided extra funds for the library to better serve all the members of the library community. We also have expanded our advocacy role to promote more community interest in the use of the library.

The Friends Board’s first major source of revenue is membership dues. The Board gratefully acknowledges the contributions of all its members especially those who contribute at the Benefactor level. Our other major funding source is the annual book sale. This year we raised $2,400.00 from the proceeds of the sale. The Board has augmented our fundraising with the addition of two new items for sale. The first item is a series of note cards which highlight small vignettes from the WPA murals in the Saunders House. These note cards, small glimpses of Gloucester history, are sold in sets of five cards, titled Winter Scenes, Dogtown, Land and Harbor, Fisheries and Farming, and Boats. We are also selling a 2013 desk calendar with different scenes from the same WPA murals. In addition to being a source of revenue, these scenes provide an opportunity for the community to share in one of the Sawyer Free Library’s and Gloucester’s unique treasures.

The Board has used these funds to assist the library in its mission to better serve its patrons. The Board continues to purchase membership in the following major area museums: Museum of Fine Arts, Peabody Essex Museum, Boston Children’s Museum, and the Science Museum. These memberships enable the library to offer free passes to Gloucester residents. This year the Board contributed $1000.00 to the Gloucester Lyceum to help in the funding of its excellent programs.

As the first of an annual gift, the Board gave the library $1000.00 for the purchase of new books. We also purchased for the children’s library a new computer station, “After School Edge”, an early literacy program for children ages 2-12. In addition, we purchased 500 free refrigerator pocket magnets for the new borrowing slips and set aside extra funds to subsidize the continued purchase of these magnets. Board members designed and paid for a “Welcome to the Library” package, which includes a reading tote, reading journal, pen, and bookmark.

During the coming year, the Board will purchase chairs for the Davidson Room. We will also assist the children’s library when its redesign plans are completed. We will continue the museum pass program and contributing funds to purchase new books for the library. We have also reinstituted the Books for Homebound program. The Board will fund a newly established $1000.00 scholarship to be awarded to the graduating Gloucester resident who submits the best essay entitled “What the Library Has Meant to Me Throughout My Life”. The Board will continue to serve refreshments at the Annual Meeting and the Middle Street Walk. Carol Kelly and her group of volunteers will re-cover seat cushions of the library chairs with recently purchased upholstery fabric.

In adherence to our bylaws, the Board elected a new slate of officers at our 2012 June meeting: Dennis Corkery, President; Rosella Sagall, Vice President; Emily O’Malley, Secretary; Peter Jenner, Treasurer; Carol Kelly, Membership Secretary.

The Board wishes to thank Maureen Burke our retiring treasurer for her diligence and attention to detail. We are also extremely grateful for Peter Jenner’s many years of service as President of the Board. Fortunately, we will continue to benefit from his energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the Sawyer Free Library as he now serves as Treasurer of the Board. We say good-bye to Betty Nicastro who chaired the Book Sale committee for many years. We will surely miss her tireless efforts on behalf of the library and her fount of knowledge concerning “all things Sawyer Free”. We also want to acknowledge her daughter Melissa, a professional photographer, who contributed her services in the photographing the WPA murals that have become our note cards and calendar.

We must acknowledge and thank Carol Gray, our chief librarian, and her dedicated staff who have continued to operate the Sawyer Free Library in a thoroughly professional manner during these times of extreme budget constraints.

Friends Financial Report (link to pdf below)

Respectfully submitted,

Dennis Corkery
President of the Friends


Hundreds attend the annual
Friends of the Library Book Sale



Profits from the book sale help
purchase museum passes,
which benefits Gloucester residents.