Friends in Mashpee Enterprise’s “Check It Out”

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Friends Present $25,000 to Mashpee Public Library and More

Friends Present $25,000 to Mashpee Public Library

The Friends of the Mashpee Library presented a check for $25,000 to the library Jan. 3, after a successful annual appeal campaign. The funds are to support technology initiatives, the purchase of materials, website update, and programs for children and adults.

“We are thrilled to have such wonderful help from the community to support our library,” said President Ginny Farwell. “The generosity of library patrons and supporters during our 2017 fundraising has been fabulous. We appreciate every contribution!”

Friends Treasurer Leslie Marsh (third from left) presents a check for $25,000 to Library Trustee Sandy Horsman (third from right).


‘Friend of the Year’ Award Presented to the Selander Family

At its annual meeting in December, the Friends presented its “Friend of the Year” award to the Selander Family, in honor of Gloria Selander. Mrs. Selander was a former Mashpee library director.

The Selander Family Fund gave the Friends a challenge grant of $50,000 in 2016, which the Friends successfully matched. The funds were used to launch an endowment for the library.

Previous recipients of the “Friend of the Year” award are Chip Bishop and Ed DeFoe.


New Executive Board Officers Elected

Also at the annual meeting, the Friends elected new officers: Virginia Farwell, president; Carolyn Markowski, vice president; Leslie Marsh, treasurer; Ann Macdonald, corresponding secretary; and Marje Hecht, recording secretary.

Members-at-large of the Friends Executive Board include: Janet Beal, Kathy Jodka, Kim Rowe, and Rosalie Slansky.

Kay Strakosch, a long-time Friends board member, was honored with a life-time Friends membership upon her retirement from the board.

Outgoing Friends president Ann Macdonald at the December 2017 annual meeting.

Retiring Friends executive board member Kay Strakosch.

Incoming Friends president Ginny Farwell and outgoing president Ann Macdonald.


Save the Date: April 19 for Mini Golf in the Library!

The Friends of the Mashpee Library will again celebrate the library’s birthday with free mini-golf in the library. The event will be the third “Selander Open,” and all are invited.

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Annual Meeting, December 7th

Friends of the Mashpee Library Invites you to our

Annual Meeting

December 7th, 2017 at 4pm
at the Mashpee Public Library


During the meeting we will

  • Present Reports on Fundraising and Projects
  • Present the Library Director’s Report
  • Conduct Election of Officers
  • Present the Friend of the Year Award


The slate of officers proposed by the Friends nominating committee is

  • President: Ginny Farwell
  • Vice President: Carolyn Markowski
  • Treasurer: Leslie Marsh
  • Corresponding Secretary: Ann Macdonald
  • Recording Secretary: Marje Hecht
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Become a Friend!

Become a Friend of the Mashpee Library!

Your gift is tax-deductible. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

-Or – Make Checks Payable to:
Friends of the Mashpee Library
P. O. Box 900
Mashpee, MA 02649

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Author Amy Kurzweil Featured October 2 at Friends’ Willowbend Luncheon

Friends of the Mashpee Library invites you to a luncheon with Amy Kurzweil, acclaimed cartoonist, teacher, and author of the graphic memoir,  The Flying Couch.  The event is at the Willowbend Country Club, Monday, Oct. 2, at noon.

Reservations are $35, and RSVPs are needed by September 29.  To pay by check, bring your payment to the library, where forms and envelopes are available at the Circulation Desk, or mail your check to FML at P.O. Box 900, Mashpee, MA 02649. To reserve your spot, click the link below:

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 The Flying Couch

The award-winning Flying Couch tells the story of Amy’s coming-of-age as a granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II and survived by working on farms as a gentile. Amy uses humor and her art to cope with her grandmother’s story, and to bring alive the stories of three generations of women: her grandmother, her mother (a child psychologist), and herself.

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Raffle Winners!

Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners!

Our month of daily raffle prizes has concluded for the year, and what a success!  The Friends of the Mashpee Library would like to thank everyone who contributed to this inaugural effort.  We would like to offer our special thanks to the following groups and individuals:

Town Clerk, Deb Dami and her staff for coordinating the necessary permits and paperwork to make this raffle possible.

Mike Looney and the Mashpee High School for a superb job of printing tickets, posters, and postcards.

Stop and Shop and Roche Brothers for allowing us to sit outside your stores on those busy summer weekends and sell raffle tickets.

The management of  Willowbend for generously donating a golf package for four as a grand prize.

All the residents, and community members who bought multiple tickets and encouraged friends and neighbors to do the same.  The support and good will for the Library was truly overwhelming as you shared your stories of what the Library means to you and your family members.  Thank you until next year when we will be back bigger and better than ever, and hope you will all try your luck again!

Complete List of Winners:

August 1     Mary Feinberg
August 2     Terrie Barron
August 3     Peggy Martin
August 4     Carolyn Markowski
August 5     Polly Galliker
August 6     William Bryden
August 7     Mariana Duncan
August 8     Eileen Devonshire
August 9     Rita Waldstein
August 10   Theresa Mortimer
August 11   Allison Colleran
August 12   Paul Anderson
August 13   Melinda Carneiro
August 14   Laurie Mollenhauer
August 15   Cheryl Hansen
August 16   Lee Smith
August 17   Jackie McNeil
August 18   Lee Smith
August 19   Carolyn Markowski
August 20   Linda Zammer
August 21   Marliese Zafiropoulous
August 22   Julia Rush
August 23   Sue Hamilton
August 24   Bev Petrie
August 25   Ed Giangrosso
August 26   Jason Melillo
August 27   Chris Salvo
August 28   Silas Pappas
August 29   Connie Tulloch
August 30   Kevin Kilpatrick
August 31   James Johnston









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Raffle Fundraiser with a Month of Cash Winners!

The Friends of Mashpee Library is sponsoring a raffle fundraiser with cash prizes every day in August. Tickets are $10 each, and winners will be drawn from all tickets all month. So all ticket holders can win more than once. The Grand Prize, drawn August 31, is golf for four at Willowbend Country Club.

Tickets are available at the Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee Commons or via PayPal (see the link below!). Your tickets will be mailed to you, or you can pick them up at the Mashpee Library circulation desk. We will also have a table to sell tickets at Stop and Shop July 15 and Roche Bros. July 22.

To purchase a ticket, click the link below!

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