Friends of WPL

The Friends of the Worcester Public Library, Inc. is a non-profit organization of volunteers helping to enhance the library's services to the people of the Worcester area. We were founded in 1956 to rally public support for a new main library building. Since then we have become known for our huge annual book sale, our gifts to the library, our lectures, programs, contests and special projects.Through advocacy, volunteer services, and fundraising, the Friends strive to enrich the Worcester Public Library in many ways. In particular, the Friends of the Worcester Public Library:

  • Promotes public awareness of the Library and its resources
  • Promotes appreciation of the Library as a cultural and educational asset for the community
  • Enhances the Library by funding programs and events which are not in the Library budget
  • Sponsors programs and cultural activities which foster a stronger relationship between the community and the Library
  • Raises funds in various ways which help support Library activities and programs
  • Advocates legislative support of the Library and its programs
  • Helps through volunteer efforts with many important Library tasks and projects
  • Sponsors the museum pass program which offers discount passes to various museums throughout New England

Membership benefits include 10% off purchases at the Food for Thought Bookstore, tax-deductible membership dues, invitations to special events, volunteer opportunities, and the satisfaction of helping to improve Worcester's quality of life. Please join us in support of the library. Click here for a printable form or pick one up at the library. For more information, please email the Friends at or call (508)-799-1686.

Please call (508) 799-1686 for more information about the Friends.

Friends of the Worcester Public Library Board Members for 2015-2016:


Terry Dorsey-Potts - President
Chris Weinrobe - Vice President
David Boulay - Treasurer
Nicole Apostola - Recording Secretary
Julie Barrows - Corresponding Secretary

At Large Members

Pam Bobay
Kathleen Burke
Val Forkey
Joanne Frew
Jeanne Gallagher
Jayne Hughes
Celine Livingston
Jim Murphy
Al O'Donnell
Paul Reynolds
Ann Spitaels
Janet Sprague
Mary Ann Toll
Delia Trainor
Arthur Weinberg 

Updated 10.24.15

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