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Who are the Friends of the Winchester Public Library?

Anyone who makes a donation to the Friends of the Winchester Public Library is considered a Friend. The volunteer Board (pictured below) works to support the Library's quality of service by providing and applying Friends donations in a variety of ways.


Top row left to right: Jeanne Joy, Susan Borges, Pat DiFranco, Karen Martin, Lita Nelsen, Jann Sheehy, Margaret Pulsifer, Mary O'Callaghan, Carole Davidson, Mary Farrell, Doris Taber. Bottom row left to right: Lindsay McSweeney, Joan O'Neil, Laura Henry, Fran McCarthy, Tony Trzcinka, Susan Fennelly. Not pictured: Katherine DiGennaro Ho

Friends News & Updates

Please see the weekly Library Lines newsletter for the most current updates. You can also sign-up to recieve the bi-annual Speaking Volumes newsletter for more updates from the Friends.

Why donate to the Friends of the Library?

Your donation has a direct impact on the continued excellence of the Winchester Public Library. 100% of the money donated is used to support the Library.

Your donation provides funding for resources and materials such as:

Speaking Volumes – The town-wide Library newsletter

Express Books – Current bestsellers available immediately

Heritage Quest Online – A genealogy database

Fax Machine - Available in the Reference Room for $1 per page

Museum Passes – The Friends, with the generous support of the Rotary Club and the Enka Society, provide passes to many popular area museums. Winchester residents can reserve passes online.

  • The Friends of the Library provide passes for Boston by Foot, DCR Parks & Recreation, Harvard University / HMSC, Harvard Art Museum, Historic New England, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, New England Aquarium, Worcester Art Museum, and Zoo New England.
  • En Ka Society provides passes for The Children's Museum of Boston, Decordova Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum.
  • Winchester Rotary Club provides passes for the Museum of Science and the Discovery Museum.

Children's and Teens Programs and Supplies – The Friends provide funding for numerous programs and activities throughout the year, including the popular Summer Reading Program. Visit the Children's Homepage and Teen Homepage for upcoming programs and events. The Friends also provide funding for program supplies and the replacement of toys for the Children's Room.

Adult Lecture Series – The Friends offer a variety of lectures and presentations which are free and open to the public. Visit the Events Calendar for current program information.

The Library Website – Your donation also supports this website.

Board of Directors and Committee Members - 2016-2017

Co-President: Jeanne Joy and Margaret Pulsifer
Vice President:
Treasurer: Lita Nelsen
Secretary: Susan Borges

Assistant Treasurer: 
Corresponding Secretary: 
Database: Susan Fennelly
Development/Annual Appeal: 
Events: Mary Farrell
Grants: Doris Taber
Newsletter: Lindsay McSweeney
Assistant Newsletter:
Nominating/Governance: Katherine DiGennaro Ho
Programs: Pat DiFranco, Karen Martin, Mary Ann O'Callaghan, Tony Trzcinka
Winchester Reads: Joan O'Neil

Friends of the Winchester Library: 2016/2017 Programs

  • All events start at 7pm unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public.