Friends of the ESPL

The Friends meet the second Saturday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room, except during July and August, when they meet on the second Friday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.

Contact Email: friends.east.smithfield.library@gmail.com

Catherine Lynn, President

Jean Boucher, Vice President

Ann Ferri, Treasurer

Carol Ferranti, Secretary

HISTORY

The Friends of the East Smithfield Library (FOL) was founded in 1997 by Emma Baron, Carol Ferranti, Catherine Lynn, and Virginia Morgan.  The mission of the organization is to financially support library services.  When initially formed there was no Children’s librarian employed at the East Smithfield library and the FOL assisted with the children’s programming.  The group actively ran and organized educational and cultural events for the children and their families.  The group conducted outreach programs and purchased books.  They organized and ran activities for the Summer reading program.

In 1997 the group held the first perennial plant swap.  This has become a yearly spring event where gardeners from all over come to exchange plants for free.

In 2001, when the first Children’s librarian was hired, the FOL assisted with the renovation plans for the Children’s room and the second floor.  The FOL purchased all the wooden furniture, safety glass table tops, and a decorative rug for the Children’s room along with some chairs and potted floor plants for the second floor.

In 2002 the group held the first Spring egg hunt outside for the children.  This has turned into a yearly event.  Children who participated in the past are now bringing their children to this event.  Over 100 children now participate annually.

In 1997 the FOL received the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) award for “exceptional work in the Program Category”.  In 2002 the group again was recognized by COLA with an award for “innovative programming” and recognition from Governor Lincoln Almond.  In 2006 the group was once again recognized by COLA and received the William Reeves award for “Excellence In The Promotion Of Educational And Social Programs”.  In 2019 and 2021 the FOL once again won the William Reeves award for “Educational Outreach”.

Since 1997 the FOL  has purchased computer equipment, book racks, books, DVD’s, trees & flowers for landscaping, and provided numerous educational and cultural programs for both children and adults.  The FOL continues to fund many yearly museum passes for the general public.

Through our ongoing outreach efforts we have provided books to the town schools, Little Free Library boxes, Town housing units and the Welfare department.  Large print books are routinely brought to the Smithfield Senior center, local nursing homes, and the homebound by our volunteers.

The FOL’s fundraising efforts have included book sales, silent auctions, yard sales, bake sales, jewelry sales, raffles, and holiday mug & candy sales to name a few.  The group has partnered up with various other local non-profits in the past to help generate sales and build a sense of community.

All of the work we do is done by volunteers from the community.  The group has no paid staff.  Some volunteers help out just for certain events and others year long.  You can volunteer any amount of time and no experience is required.

The Friends of the East Smithfield Public Library has been a recognized non-profit by the IRS since 2000.  Please consider us for a charitable monetary donation or join/renew your membership here. We may be contacted at friends.east.smithfield.library@gmail.com.

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Coffee, Cake & Conversation Tuesdays
01/24/2023    
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Drop by our new morning book group "Coffee, Cake & Conversation” Tuesday mornings at 10:30. If you enjoy a casual atmosphere, where you can discuss [...]
Introduction to Sphero Edu
01/24/2023    
6:30 pm
Tuesday, January 24 @ 6:30pm. Sphero Robots are wireless robots that you can control from a smartphone or ipad. What these robots do is up [...]
January Story Times: Preschool
01/25/2023    
10:30 am - 11:00 am
$0.00
This story time will be for children ages 3 to 5 and will be held held on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. [...]
Beanstack Reading Challenge: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.
01/27/2023 - 01/31/2023    
All Day
Jan 1, 2023 - Jan 31, 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired our nation as a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Each [...]
Anime Club (Teen Program)
01/27/2023    
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
We meet monthly to watch 2-3 episodes of an anime and enjoy a few snacks. Screenings vary from classic anime to new releases and are [...]
Come & Create in the MakerSpace
01/28/2023    
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us in our MakerSpace every fourth Saturday from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm!
Creative Writing Workshop (Teen Program)
01/28/2023    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
$0.00
At this casual, beginner’s workshop, learn ways to start a story, try on different craft techniques, peer review work, and share your own work. Don’t [...]
Drop-In Tech Help
01/30/2023    
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Stop by the library on Mondays at 11 am for drop in tech help. Have a more complicated question? Email tech@myespl.org before you come in.
Fantasy Book Club
01/30/2023    
6:00 pm
$0.00
Title: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Description: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is [...]
INTRODUCTION TO 3-D PRINTING
01/30/2023    
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$0.00
INTRODUCTION TO 3-D PRINTING – The East Smithfield Public Library is excited to announce our acquisition of a Dremel DigiLab 3DPrinter. You may have seen [...]
Coffee, Cake & Conversation Tuesdays
01/31/2023    
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Drop by our new morning book group "Coffee, Cake & Conversation” Tuesday mornings at 10:30. If you enjoy a casual atmosphere, where you can discuss [...]
January Story Times: Tiny Tots Story Time
01/31/2023    
10:30 am - 11:00 am
$0.00
This story time is for children ages 18months to 3 years old and will be held on Tuesdays mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. [...]
Knitting and Crochet Group
01/31/2023    
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us every other Tuesday evening for an informal knitting and crochet group where we will work on our own projects and support each other. [...]
January Story Times: Preschool
02/01/2023    
10:30 am - 11:00 am
$0.00
This story time will be for children ages 3 to 5 and will be held held on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. [...]
Walk & Talk Book Chat
02/02/2023    
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$0.00
Drop in any Thursday morning to enjoy nature and chat about the books that you’ve been reading. Weather permitting - we will email at 10 [...]
Bookworms Book Group: 2022 -2023 School Year
02/02/2023    
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Any child in 2nd or 3rd grade along with their parent/caregiver may join us for this book group. In February, we will meet on Thursday, [...]
Card Club
02/02/2023    
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
$0.00
February is the perfect time for card making. We will be learning some fun watercolor techniques to make backgrounds for an array of Valentine themed [...]
Virtual Game Night
02/02/2023    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us on Discord every Thursday night from 6-8 pm for game night! Whether you typically play board games or are an avid video gamer [...]
Painting Party (Teen Program)
02/03/2023    
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$0.00
Create a painting by following along with a step-by-step Bob Ross video. Bob Ross was an American painter and the host of the show The [...]
Playdough Fun
02/04/2023    
10:30 pm - 11:15 pm
$0.00
Come to the library to explore the benefits of playing with playdough. Playdough is fun for all ages, but this program will be for children [...]
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Drop-In Tech Help
30 Jan 23
Fantasy Book Club
30 Jan 23
INTRODUCTION TO 3-D PRINTING
30 Jan 23
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