Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library

Established in 1955, the Friends work to increase awareness of the library and its importance to the community.  Our non-profit organization celebrated its 65th year in September, 2020.

The Friends are committed to charitable and educational purposes relative to the library’s needs. We provide funding for adult and children’s programming, including lectures, discussions, movies, performances and demonstrations.  Friends also maintain the library gardens, the installed AED, borrowable WIFI hot spots and sponsor “Among Friends,” a monthly newsletter of library events and information.

Financial support is provided from Friends membership dues, and individual and estate donations. Proceeds from the ongoing sale of donated books through our popular Book Nook also support library services.

Programs take place at the library or via computer programs and Zoom. Concerts and movies are held both indoors and outdoors.  Passes to 17 regional museums are available and offered at a reduced rate.

Our support of programs, technical and physical improvements, expansion and maintenance of the library grounds, is a year-round commitment.    

Libraries are an important community and cultural resource. They give people the opportunity to find jobs, explore medical research, experience new ideas, get lost in wonderful stories, while at the same time providing a sense of place and community.  Adhering to our mission, the Friends remains committed to supporting our library in ways that benefit everyone.

Click here to become a member of the Friends.  Mail in a completed membership application along with a check made payable to Friends of the North Kingstown Library. Membership year runs from January - December. All memberships of donations over $25 come with the option to receive the Among Friends newsletter mailed to your home (must opt-in on application). 
Membership forms are also available in the library. You can also contribute by using Amazon Smile and Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to Friends of the Library.

Current members of the Executive Board are: 

  • President - Nancy Harrington
  • Vice President - Linda Rendine
  • Past President - Elaine Cardente
  • Treasurer - Peggy Sagnella
  • Recording Secretary - Sandie Blankenship
  • Corresponding Secretary - Kathy Barrette
  • Members at Large -
    • Mimi Dyer
    • Jocelyne Metivier
    • Sandy Quinn
    • Kathy McGregor
    • Cynthia Corbridge
    • Sandie Blankenship
  • Ex Officio - Susan Straub, Library Director