Friends of the Library

In January 1994 a group of concerned library members met and the nucleus of the Friends of the Dalton Free Public Library was formed. Those present felt their financial support would augment library activities that would otherwise remain unfunded. The group decided the main focus of the Friends would be to:

•    Raise funds to purchase materials not covered by the library’s budget
•     Provide lecture programs
•    Assist in summer reading programs for children by purchasing  materials    and prizes
•    Support book discussion groups
•    Sponsor educational meetings for the general public

Bylaws for the organization were developed, all necessary forms for incorporation were filed, and a tax exemption number was received under the official name The Friends of the Dalton Free Public Library, Inc. Now all contributions to the Friends are tax deductible (to the extent of the law). To raise funds the Friends have an annual membership drive, gaining many members from Dalton and surrounding towns. Additional funds have been raised through book and bake sale, raffles, and sales of book bags and puzzles. Due to the support of the Friends, the library has been able to purchase:

•    Museum passes for the Berkshire Museum, the Rockwell Museum, Arrowhead and Mass MOCA
•    Subscriptions to two daily newspapers
•    Prizes and craft supplies for children who participate in the Summer Reading Club
•    Sets of reference books which the library could not otherwise afford
•    More large print books, more books on  CD and e-books through CWMARS
•    Books for the Book Discussion Group
•    Some new furniture and shelving

The Friends have also sponsored several lecture and discussion programs for adults, publish a newsletter and provide bookmarks.

All members of the Friends are invited to attend the quarterly Board meetings and the annual meeting in May. Officers elected at the annual meeting for 2016–2017 are:

President – Dian Elser
Vice President – Helen Kimball
Treasurer – Vicki Sedgwick
Secretary – Christina Faye
Membership Coordinator – Cynthia Riggs-French
Members-at-large – Janet Claffie,  Susan Holland,  Elizabeth Chisum

MEETING SCHEDULE for  2016-17:

Executive Board:  
June 16, 2016
October 19, 2016
January 18, 2017
April 19, 2017  
All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Library.    

Annual Meeting:
May 17, 2017 – 7 p.m. (location to be determined)

New members are welcomed and encouraged. Membership forms are available at the library. The different categories of annual membership are:

Individual    $15     
Sponsor       $25    
Patron        $50

Updated 5/19/2017

2 responses to “Friends

  1. I am interesting in learning more about the Dalton Library as it exists now, and what I can do to help it become the Dalton Library of tomorrow. With whom should I discuss this?


    Allen Harris
    Berkshire Money Management

    • Hi Allen,

      My name is Rob DiFazio. I’m the director. If you’d like to meet, please give us a call at 684-6112, and we can set up a time to get together.

      Thanks for your interest,


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