The Friends of the Fletcher Free Library is a 501c3 volunteer organization that supports the mission and the work of the Library.  The Friends Board welcomes the public at its monthly meetings, and meets regularly on the second Tuesday of the month. Please contact the Friends at to confirm the meeting date and time if you are interested in attending. During the pandemic meetings are via Zoom. Please email the Friends at least one day prior to join the meeting. Please visit the Friends' website at for more information and to purchase local books online to pick up at FFL.


The mission of the Friends is to encourage community support for the Fletcher Free Library, raise money for its needs, promote cultural and literacy programs, and sponsor educational and enrichment programs for all ages.

Supporting the Library

The Friends’ Board annually allocates resources to the Library for investment at the discretion of the Library Director. This procedure helps the library plan programming, professional development, and special projects. The allocation is determined annually by the Board.  The relationship between the City of Burlington and the Friends is defined in a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF).  The Friends organization operates under a set of Bylaws (PDF). See Proposed Addendum Here. 


Member 2021-2022
Jonathan Chapple-Sokol President
Amanda Hannaford Vice President
Robin Twery Secretary
Mary Clare Novak Treasurer
Joan Conroy Director
Tina Lesem Director
Martie Majoros Director
John Moore Director
Phil Morin Director
Grace Ortelere Director
Hilary Silver Director
Mark Twery Director
Ann Warrington Director


In 1973, a movement developed to replace the old Carnegie Library Building with a new library. "The Citizens to Save the Fletcher Free Library Building" were determined to preserve it the building. They were successful.  The Carnegie building was saved and became the Children’s Library. A new wing was built to house the adult collection.

In 1977, the "Citizens" evolved into the "Friends of the Fletcher Free Library”, and continued to support the library as needed.  The Friends were less active in the 1980’s, but rallied whenever a library cause emerged.  The Friends successfully advocated for a ½ cent dedicated tax for collection development, providing the library with an annual book budget. In 2001, the Friends became active again and gained non-profit status (501c3).

Volunteer Today!

The Friends welcomes volunteers. Volunteer by completing the volunteer form.

One of the many ways in which the Friends support the Library's mission is to process book donations-- determining if the items are appropriate for the Library's collection, for sale via eBay, or as offerings at the popular Book Sales the Friends organize several times a year. Do you want to learn more about volunteering with the Friends?
Please contact the or call (802) 264-1970.

Book Donation Guidelines

We are happy to accept your donations of books, CDs and DVDs in good condition.

We cannot accept:

  • Moldy, musty or smoky books
  • Textbooks or Magazines
  • Encyclopedias or Dictionaries
  • Multi-volume sets (such as National Geographic or Time-Life)
  • Outdated Business or Computer books (over 10 years old)
  • Romance paperbacks
  • Abridged books (Reader's Digest, etc.)
  • Audio Cassettes or VHS Tapes
  • Books with underlining or highlighting
  • Books with torn pages, covers or bindings

If your books don't meet our guidelines, try Goodwill or Resource before discarding.

If you wish that your donated books be added to the Library's collection, please inform us before donating. Please see our Collection Development Policy for more information. 

For donations of more than 20 books, or to learn more about book donations, please contact the or call (802) 264-1970.

Thank you!

Annual Reports

2020-2021 Annual Report  FY21 (PDF) 

2019-2020 Annual Report  FY20 (PDF) 

2018-2019 Annual Report FY19 (PDF) 
2017 Annual Report (PDF)
2016 Annual Report (PDF)
2015 Annual Report (PDF)

Masks are recommended in library and required in youth area, regardless of vaccination status.