Who are the Friends of Memorial Hall Library?

The Friends of Memorial Hall Library are library patrons just like you. The Friends bridge the Andover community and the library. We raise money through membership dues, donations, and book sales – all activities that require the time and effort of volunteers. The money we raise provides library programs and services to improve and enhance the library experience for the community.
What We Do

The Friends provide special programs and services that expand and enrich the library's regular budget.

These "extras" include concerts, readings, speakers, children's programs, museum passes, teen programs, materials, and equipment.

Each year, the Friends fund over $40,000 worth of programs and services that are not covered by the Town budget.

Friends of Memorial Hall Library: Mission
  • To provide financial assistance to Memorial Hall Library to provide programs and services not funded in the Town's budget.
  • To encourage public support for and interest in Memorial Hall Library.
  • To foster awareness and use of Memorial Hall Library, and to encourage the donation of time and assistance by townspeople to the library.
Recent Friends Supported Projects

          Furniture and plants for the patio    Furniture for the new ground floor alcoves

To foster participation of MHL the Friends 
participate in many town activities.

L - R, S. Traina, Community Services Librarian, 
S. McKelliget, Friends President, H. Spotto, Board Secretary at Andover Day

The Friends continue to support
  • Free or discounted passes to area museums and attractions including the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, and the Peabody Essex Museum
  • Year-round programs for children, teens, and adults
  • The public scanning station in the Reference Department.

The Friends Board of Directors meets monthly from September through June and members are welcome to attend.  Upcoming meeting date and time can be found on the Friends home page.   Members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting each May to elect officers.
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