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Who are the Friends?

The Friends of the Harvard Public Library is a community-based, volunteer organization whose purpose is to stimulate the interests of the community in the services and needs of the Harvard Public Library. We provide program assistance through volunteer help and funds and sponsorship of programs that will enable the Harvard Public Library to keep pace with the growth of the Town of Harvard.  

We sponsor programs for both children and adults. We support the library financially as well, and have bought computers for the library and provide financial support to the popular Summer Reading Program. We sponsor free or reduced-price museum passes to area museums. We also support library issues in legislation by advocating for library funding and attending legislative events.

A sub-committee of the Friends of the Harvard Public Library is the Harvard Friends of the Arts (HFOA). All HFOA performances are free and open to the public and held at Volunteers Hall. These programs are supported with memberships to the FOHPL, proceeds from our annual book sale, your donations and by the Harvard Public Library Trust.  See HFOA for more information and a list of upcoming events.


Chris Frechette President
Janet Teresko Treasurer
Vicki Maxant At Large Committee Member

Why join the Friends?

Your Friends membership not only provides financial and community support to the Library, but also provides you with these key benefits:

  • Book Sale Preview Night Admission
    Get first pick of the high quality books available at our annual Book Sale.
  • Reminders of Library and FOHPL events
    Members of the FOHPL will get email reminders of upcoming events—never miss a lecture or program again!

We Invite You to Join the Friends!

If you are not yet a Friend and want to become one, contact Chris Frechette at for a membership brochure.

Items for Sale

The Friends are selling books in the library lobby for $2.00.

Annual Book Sale at Harvard Public Library

This is the main fundraising event for the Friends. All proceeds go to support Harvard Public Library to fund Children’s Programs, Friends of the Arts performances, and Free Museum Passes among many other services.

Please Note: we have limited space so please bring only books in good condition. Please DO NOT bring encyclopedias, magazines, broken or moldy books, VHS tapes, record albums or cassette tapes. Please do not leave books at the “old” library.

Book Collection Dates

Saturdays from 9 – Noon starting April 15 through April 29 at the main entrance to the Library.

Book Sale Dates

  • Friday, May 5
    Preview Sale for Friends of the Library only
    4:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 6
    8:00 AM–9:00 AM | Early Bird Admission, $30.00
    9:00 AM–4:00 PM | Free Admission
  • Sunday, May 7
    10:00 AM–2:00 | Free Admission
  • Saturday, May 13
    10:00 AM–2:00 | Free Admission
  • Sunday, May 14
    10:00 AM–2:00 | Free Admission