Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library (FOBPL)

A Vital Part of the Library

Velocireader the Dino
Velocireader, our new logo!

Next meeting:  Thursday, August 1, 2024 at 5:30pm in the Library
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Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library, Inc. 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 educational support.

This organization was established to address the need of the community concerning its public library:  to help provide ongoing support for the library.

The Friends welcome new people willing to offer ideas and lend a hand.  Please contact any Friends Board member, or ask the Library staff for ways you can help.

The Friends meet on the first Thursday of the month, 5:30pm at the Library. Meetings are open to the public.

2023-2024 Board:

President - Hilary Veilleux                            

Vice President – Allegra Wright 

Secretary – Estelle LaFleur                           

Treasurer – Norma St. John

Board Members:  Mark Considine, Sally Fitzgerald, Connie Johnson, Kay Kerr

Board Member Emeritus:  Christina Bogat
Library Director (ex officio board member):  Laura Clerkin

A Gift for the Future. The Bethlehem Public Library will serve the people in our community for many years to come.  The future cost of operating the library needs to be considered. Library supporters may want to include 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 email

Our membership list information is never shared with anyone.

Approved Meeting Minutes:

June 6, 2024

May 2, 2024

April 11, 2024

March 14, 2024

December 7, 2023

October 6, 2022 Annual Meeting

September 7, 2023

August 10, 2023

July 13, 2023

June 1, 2023

May 4, 2023

April 5, 2023

March 2, 2023

December 1, 2022

November 9, 2022

October 7, 2021 Annual Meeting

September 1, 2022

August 4, 2022

July 7, 2022

June 20, 2022

May 5, 2022

April 7, 2022

March 3, 2022

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 Code. 



Solar Eclipse Watch Party a Success!


Link to Caledonian-Record article

You did it again!

Thank you!

Through your support of The Friend's Bake sale, The Friends were able to once again raise over $600 to help fund the programs at The Bethlehem Public Library.
A very special 'shout out' to Lillian McGrath (age 12) for baking her wonderful Almond Meringues to be sold at the Bake sale. They were a very popular item and The Friends appreciate her baking skills.
Thank you on behalf of all The Friends.
Hilary Veilleux

2024 Primary Bake Sale Fundraiser

Thank you everyone!

Dear Bethlehem Community,
Thank you very much for all you did to support The Friend's of the Bethlehem Public Library with their bake sale yesterday, during the voting at the Town Hall. Due to your generosity we raised over $600.00 to support the programs at the Bethlehem Public Library.
Thank you also for purchasing the Friend's Eclipse T-shirts. The money raised from these t-shirts is being used to fund the Eclipse Party that the library is holding on April 8th during the Great American Eclipse. Laura and her staff are working hard to create an educational program for everyone who attends. The library has glasses available, telescopes, and filters for the telescopes. The Friend's have donated a light weight telescope, with filters, to be used by the library during the Eclipse. A drawing will be held at the end of the event to give the telescope away as a door prize. You must be present to win.
None of this would be possible without the support and generosity of the Bethlehem Community.
With many thanks from all The friend's for all you do to support the library,
Hilary Veilleux

The Garden is ready!

A big thank you to Ross Veilleux,  Connie Johnson  Norma St.John, Allegra Wright. Sally Fitzgerald and Hilary Veilleux for the hours they spent spring cleaning the StoryWalk and Pollinator Garden at the Bethlehem Public Library.
The Pollinator Garden is now ready for the next planting of plants. Stop by to enjoy the StoryWalk and garden.
collage of garden photos
Storywalk podium with plaque
Podium Dedication Installed


Garden Clean-Up Day!

Wednesday, May 24th 9am

The Friends have scheduled a Clean-Up Day for the Pollinator Garden and, if there are enough volunteers, the StoryWalk.  Would you have some time on Wednesday, May 24th in the morning to help?  Folks will gather at the library at 9:00AM to start clearing out winter debris.  All are invited to help! 

As John Heywood wrote, “Many hands make light work.”

Another Successful Fundraiser!

Dear Friends,
Thank you for the amazing effort from everyone with cooking and baking, volunteering to man the table and also purchasing soup, chili and baked goods. Due to your time, effort and generosity the Friends raised over $600.00 to help fund the upcoming summer reading program at the library.
You are all greatly appreciated,
Hilary Veilleux

Such fun at the Christmas Party!

Big kudos to Allegra, Sally, Norma, Connie, Ross, Marsha, Pati, Gini, Christina and the Library Staff for all their efforts in making the Christmas Party at the Bethlehem Public Library such a success during "Christmas In Bethlehem".
We had over 100 children come through the library to make crafts, decorate and eat homemade cookies and listen to stories read by Mrs Claus.
It was a fun event that was enjoyed by all who attended.
Thank you for your hard work.
Hilary Veilleux
Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library

Bake Sale a Success, thanks to you!

Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library, Inc. P O Box 713 Bethlehem NH 03574 Officers Board Members President: Hilary Veilleux Christina Bogat Mark Considine Vice President: Kay Kerr Sally Fitzgerald Betty Grubbs Secretary: Estelle LaFleur Donna Tholl Allegra Wright Treasurer: Norma St John November 21, 2022 Dear Friends, Thank you for all you did to make the Bake Sale on November 8th such a success. Due to your willingness to bake and volunteer, and your generosity in purchasing baked goods, we were able to raise over $500.00 to be used by the Bethlehem Public Library for their community activities. Many, many thanks for your generosity. Sincerely, Hilary Veilleux President


A Year of Support!

What we've accomplished in the last year!

With the annual meeting approching October 6th, we reflect on all the Friends have accomplished in the past year.   Your generosity and our fundraising provides us with the means to support the library by providing services and materials not covered by the library budget.

This year we have been able to:

  • Fund the 2021 Christmas Party for the children of Bethlehem
  • Provide the prizes for the Gingerbread House contest
  • Hold a competition for the dinosaur’s name – his name is Velocireader -- and award a prize!
  • Create bookmarks with the dinosaur logo to help with communication
  • Start a Pollinator/Wildflower garden behind the library with input and assistance from the local community
  • Purchase a new office desk and computer set up for the library staff
  • Provide the prizes for a Peeps diorama contest
  • Fund the Blue Ocean Society bringing Ladder the life-size inflatable whale to the kick-off for the Summer Reading program
  • Purchase shirts and book bags for the "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" program
  • Supply the ice cream and M&Ms for the Summer Reading Finale

For the remainder of 2022 we have planned:

  • The digging and planting of stage two of the Pollinator/Wildflower Garden
  • A bake sale at the Town Hall during voting on November 8, 2022
  • A Christmas party for the children on December 3rd 2022 during Christmas in Bethlehem


Dino has a name!

Through our Facebook page, we asked for suggestions for a name for our mascot.  We had several responses, and we are happy to announce his name is....Velocireader!

The lucky person who made the suggestion, Wendy Whiton, won a gift certificate to Legacy Book Store in Bethlehem.  Congratulations!


Pollinator Garden

for Education and Enjoyment

The Friends would like to thank the following people for helping with the garden:

  • Audrey Crowe, Audrey Crowe Landscapes, for input and advice on garden planting
  • Tim Wennrich, Meadowstone Farm, for donating and delivering compost and mulch
  • Holly Hayward, Sugar Hill Botanicals, for donating all the plants
  • Doug Harman, Library Trustee Chairman, for helping with the watering
  • Hilary and Ross Veilleux, Sally Fitzgerald, Connie Johnson, and Norma St. John for all their hard work


Garden installations photos