Friends of the Charlotte Library
The Friends of the Charlotte Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed in 1994. At that time its goal was to raise the funds needed to build and equip the current library, which the group deeded at its completion in 1998 to the Town of Charlotte. The Friends continue to work closely with the Library Director and the Library Board of Trustees to promote and enhance the library’s mission by providing funding for special projects and events.
Become a Friend
An annual donation of just $5 is required to become a Friend of the Charlotte Library (although many give more). Donations are frequently made in memory of, or in honor of, family members or beloved community members.
Each August, all Charlotte residents receive an invitation to join the Friends, which details the activities sponsored by and the purchases funded by the Friends the previous year.
To make a tax deductible donation to the Friends of the Charlotte Library online using PayPal please click the Donate Now button below.
Books and Materials: Library supporters donate a large number and wide variety of books, audiobooks and DVDs for the July book sale.
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Annual Book Sale
The Friends organize the annual book sale in July, a very popular event in town and an excellent source of revenue. Book donation guidelines and the drop-off schedule are posted at the library in June and below. At other times of the year, due to storage limitations, book donations may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Library Book Discussion Program
For many years the Friends group has funded the library’s adult book discussion program, most often partnering with the Vermont Humanities Council to offer the council’s book discussion series, which includes participation of excellent discussion leaders.
In past years, in addition to its annual contribution for books and other library materials, the Friends group has underwritten the purchase of technology upgrades (for example, Kindle, iPad, and Nook ereaders, laptop computer) and miscellaneous furnishings (such as shelving units, computer cart, coffee maker and the like) as well as the support of selected library programs.
Book Sale Donation Guidelines
- Bring saleable books to the library when it is open- please DO NOT leave books outside the door when the library is closed.
- Check in with library staff to find out where to leave your donations and preview for suitability if you are uncertain.
- Request a donation receipt from library staff.
We cannot accept
- Damp, moldy or mildewed books
- Books in poor condition (missing pages/covers, underlined, yellowed, etc.)
- Readers Digest condensed books
Suggestions for disposal of books
- Throw away damp, moldy or mildewed books in your trash.
- Recycle books in poor condition and others in the above list (textbooks, etc.):
- Paperbacks can be recycled with your recyclables or dropped off at a CCSW drop-off station.
- Hardcovers must be dropped off at a CCSW drop-off station.
- Goodwill (open every day) on Shelburne Road accepts donations of most books– textbooks, encyclopedias, old books, etc.