Year End Message from the Executive Board

Dear Friends:

This was a successful year for the Friends of Mashpee Library, which raised more than $120,000 (so far) for the library, including a $50,000 challenge grant from the Selander family. This is the 30th anniversary year of the Friends.

At its annual meeting Nov. 5, the group elected new officers and honored past president Ceil Sneider for her years of dedication to the library. The new president, Ann Macdonald, noted that Ceil “had set the bar high for fundraising, and for successful activities.”


Ceil Sneider, Outgoing President Photo: Kathy Mahoney

“We thank the members of the community who helped us by contributing and by participating in our programs–the Tech Campaign, Licks for the Library, Mini-Golf at the Library, and the highly successful anniversary auction and gala in June,” Macdonald said. “We already purchased iPads for the Library from funds raised in our Tech Campaign, and we will continue technology funding, including a ‘genius bar,'” she said.

Funding from the Friends enables the Library to buy materials and equipment beyond the budget supplied by government agencies. For example, museum passes and rental books are purchased by the Friends, in addition to other books, media, and special summer reading materials for the children’s program.

“The Selander Family challenge grant was a big boost to our fundraising efforts,” Macdonald reported. “This $50,000 challenge was in memory of former Mashpee residents and Library supporters Herb and Gloria Selander. Mrs. Selander was a past director of the Mashpee Library.”

“Next week is ‘Dining for Books’ week, where seven local restaurants will donate a percentage of your tab to the Friends of the Library when you eat or take out and show your library card, and I hope the local community will turn out,” Macdonald said. “Check our website or pick up a leaflet at the library for details.”

Other elected officers of the Friends include Vice President Carolyn Markowski, Treasurer Leslie Marsh, Corresponding Secretary Bette Hanson, and Recording Secretary Marje Hecht.

Annual dues are due in January, and we now offer a “Lifetime Membership” of $100.

Watch this space for more activities coming up!


Friends of the Mashpee Library Executive Board

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Dining for Books returns!

Dining for Book logo

After the last years fundraising success, we have decided to do Dining for Books again! To help us raise money for the Library, simply enjoy a meal (or take out) at these places during the select times and a portion of your check will be donated to the Friends of the Mashpee Library. Make sure to identify yourself as part of the fundraiser by giving the attached leaflet to waitstaff, or show your library card or bring a book! You’ll not only get a good meal, but you’ll be helping out  your Library! 

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To view or print the full flyer, click hereWe look forward to seeing you!

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Support the Library on August 28 for Licks for the Library

Dear Friends:

Please eat ice cream on August 28th, and send this leaflet to your friends. The more ice cream sold at the participating store, the more we earn towards our matching gift!

We are now at $28,000, which leaves $22,000 more to raise by October 1. Checks, made out to Friends of the Mashpee Library, can be mailed to us at P.O. Box 900, Mashpee, MA 02649, or can be left at the Library circulation desk. Thank you for your support!

Friends of the Mashpee Library Executive Board

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Mini-Golf Event a Success!

Mini-Golf at the Library a Great Success!
$27,000 More Needed to Meet Challenge

The turnout was very good for our free program, “Hole Lot of Fun” mini-golf at the library Aug. 2, and we made $720 in donations. This and other donations and new memberships leave us with $27,000 more to raise by Oct. 1 to meet the Selander matching challenge of $50,000. The best part of the mini-golf was that everyone had fun!

Thanks to Smitty’s for donating ice cream and serving it on site, and to Friends’ corresponding secretary Carolyn Markowski, who baked a zillion cupcakes to sell, which were gorgeous and delicious.

This is an event we’d like to repeat next year, with more advanced publicity and a larger attendance.

New Events Coming Up

Coming up before the Oct. 1 fundraising deadline is “Licks for the Library,” when our local ice cream merchants donate part of their daily profits to the Friends. The date is tentatively Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Please be ready to eat a lot of ice cream that day.

Other coming attractions include the popular “Dining for Books” event, for a week in October, a family fun event at the library, a cocktail party, and an author event.

Please note that we now have a “lifetime membership” offered at $100. We encourage you to sign up for this before October 1, and to tell your friends. We also can use your ideas and other help, especially to meet the Selander challenge.

Leave a message for us at (508) 539-1435 ext. 3017 and we’ll call you back. Checks, made out to Friends of the Mashpee Library, can be mailed to us at P.O. Box 900, Mashpee, MA 02649, or can be left at the Library circulation desk.

Thank you for your support!

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A Hole Lot of Fun!

Golf at the Library

Play mini-golf inside the Mashpee Library on Sunday, August 2nd from 12-4 pm. This is a free program sponsored by the Friends of the Mashpee Library and is sure to be fun for the whole family! Be sure to check out the sample hole on display at the library now!

golfatlibraryEach hole is different, with obstacles, hills, sandtraps, curves and other novel features. There will also be baked good available for purchase! So come and have some fun at the library this Sunday!

The Selander Challenge

We have $30,000 more to raise to meet the challenge gift of $50,000. Everything raised from now until October 1st will be matched by a gift from the Selander Family, up to $50,000. Checks can be made to the Friends of the Mashpee Library and can be mailed or left at the Library Circulation Desk. We thank you for your support!

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Gala Fundraising Result

Dear Friends,

Our 5th Anniversary Celebration and Auction at the New Seabury Country Club, June 18, was a tremendous success. We raised $20,000, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, local businesses, and supporters.

List of Supporters

thermometerwbooksAs you may already know, this $20,000 will be doubled  by a $50,000 challenge gift from the Selander family, which will match donations to the Friends, up to $50,000, by Oct. 1, 2015.

Our  immediate goal now is to raise an additional $30,000 by Oct. 1, 2015–that’s $10,000 a month.

We need your help to reach the $50,000!

* Volunteer to work with us on new fundraising projects (call us at 508-539-1435 ext. 3017)

* Become a lifetime member of the Friends of the Mashpee Library at $100 

2015 Membership form

* Recruit your friends and neighbors to support the Friends

We’ll be back in touch soon with more news.


Ceil Sneider

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Friends of the Mashpee Library Gala



Come join the Friends of the Mashpee Library

As we host a gala that will be legendary.

Bring your friends to help celebrate

The five years we’ve spent to stimulate

The love and beauty of the written word.

Our bequest to Mashpee has occurred.

Terry Herman

 For more information, look at our full invitation: 5th Year Anniversary Celebration

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