Friends of the Bethlehem Public
Next meeting: May 2,
2013 7pm at the Library
Friends welcome new people willing to offer ideas and lend a hand.
Please contact any Friends Board member, or ask the Library
for ways you can help.
The Friends meet on the first Thursday of the month, 7pm at the
Library. Meetings are open to the public.
President: Marsha Palazzola
Secretary: Brenda Jette
Treasurer: Barbara Roy
Board Members: Evelyn Blanchard, Christina Bogat, Betty Grubbs, Norma St. John, Donna Tholl, Donna Wiley
FOBPL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping provide the
citizens of Bethlehem with a library that will offer an exceptional
environment for informational services, literary pleasure and
This organization was established to address two critical needs of the
community concerning its public Library.
1. To help finance a new Library.
The existing Library is housed in the Bethlehem Town Building and has
occupied the same square footage space since 1913.
The goal is to help fund a new facility that will meet the needs of our
community into the future.
Fundraising for a new library involves a variety of methods including
seeking foundation, corporate and government grants, holding bake and
tag sales, and personal solicitations.
2. Provide ongoing support for the Library.
Funds to operate the Library come from the
Town budget, supplemented by a small amount of money from trust funds
The Friends group provides resources to underwrite the cost of programs
that are now under funded and enable the library to offer a broader
range of educational activities.
Promotional activities focus on increasing public awareness and use of
Gift for the Future.
The Bethlehem Public Library will serve the people in our community for
many years to come. In addition to funding the cost of building a new
library, we need to consider the future cost of operating the library.
Library supporters may want to consider including the Library in their
financial and estate plans. If you would like to hear more about giving
a tax deductible gift to the Library in the form of a bequest,
charitable annuity or charitable remainder trust, please contact the
Friends (see Contact Us)
All dues and donations given to the Friends of the Bethlehem Public
Library, Inc. are deductible as charitable contributions for Federal
Income Tax purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue