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Friends of the Rowley Public Library

The Friends of the Rowley Public Library is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization whose sole mission is to support the Rowley Public Library by providing financial assistance to help defray the cost of library and staff development programs not covered under the annual operating budget, and by organizing volunteers to assist library staff.

6th Annual Holiday Basket Raffle


Congratulations to the winners of the 6th Annual Friends of the Rowley Public Library Basket Raffle. Many of them attended the raffle on December 16 and were able to carry their prize away immediately. For the second year in a row, the raffle raised more money than ever before. The $1,458 raised will fund programs at the Rowley Public Library including the Summer Reading Program, Rowley Reads and children’s story hour.

As always, the Basket Raffle is created by the families and local businesses who donate the wonderful baskets and gift cards for the gift card tree. This year, the diversity of the basket themes was exciting. Along with perennial favorites like Honey Bees, American Barbeque, The Institution for Savings, and Legos, we welcomed a giant bucket of tools, Harbor Sweets, and a cooking class at EuroStoves in No. Beverly. The prizes were worth almost $2,300. We are thankful to everyone who donated one.

Thank you also to everyone who bought raffle tickets during the season. Please join us at the Library during the year at some of the programs that you made possible.

Michelle Ford

Friends of the Rowley Public Library

Why support the Library?

Rowley is a unique community— and at the heart of it is The Rowley Public Library. The Library offers free and open access to information, education and learning. Thanks to the generous commitment of many dedicated citizens, the Library can continue to provide books, information and educational programs to the hundreds of patrons who come through our doors each week.

By becoming a member of The Friends of the Rowley Public Library, Inc., you can provide support to critical Library programs. There are two major ways to help:

Contributing financial support is critical to the Library’s success.

Membership dues and fundraising activities help provide a variety of programs, activities and materials to library patrons. Programs that the Friends have sponsored in the past include the following:

  • Summer Reading Program
  • Monthly Book Club
  • Computer Classes for Senior
  • Free Museum and State Park Passes
  • Concerts, seminars and authors’ lectures
  • Maintenance of gardens
  • New Building Campaign

Help support the Library by making a donation today. Click here for details.

Volunteering your time helps make it all happen.

FriendsLogoVolunteers play a vital role at the Rowley Public Library. By donating your time, talent and skills, you can support and enhance the Library’s programs, services and mission. We invite you to get involved with our broad range of activities, such as:

  • Bi-Annual “Some Like it Hot!” Rowley Chili Cookoff
  • Annual Book and Bake Sale (first weekend in May)
  • Annual Holiday Basket Raffle (mid-November through mid-December)
  • Membership
  • Gardening
  • Candidates Night
  • Do Dates! (Monthly E-Newsletter)
  • Program Awareness and Publicity

We invite all members of the community to join the Friends and get involved. Whether it is helping out once a year at a major event, making phone calls, or lending special skills — we need you.

Please consider volunteering any amount of time. For further information, please email or fill out the following application and deliver it to the Library. Thank you!





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