The West Tisbury Library Friends & Foundation

Cheryl Lowe, President
Susan Wasserman, Treasurer
Amy Carignan, Secretary
Henry Bassett
Joyce Graves
Marilyn Hollinshead
Peggy Isham
Barbara Rogers 
Richard Williams

The Friends raise money to support library needs and amenities beyond the annual town budget funds.  Membership donations and book sale proceeds have allowed the Friends to build additions, renovate indoor and outdoor spaces, provide furnishings, flooring, shelving, as well as planning funds for future needs, landscaping, and the required pre-construction funds not included in the most recent State grant.  All these enhance the library experience for our patrons.


From funding to planning to hands-on volunteer work, there are countless ways (large and small) in which the Friends make our library more comfortable, attractive and complete.  The Friends underwrite  the color copier, museum passes, this very website and advertising for library events.  Some of the other library functions the Friends have supported:

The Summer Reading Program. Our summer reading programs, for kids and adults, encourages a love of shared reading.  Tee shirts and tote bags, with special logos, are awarded.  Friends supply Halloween hayrides, publication-day celebrations for authors, concerts and lectures and monthly artists receptions.

Staff Training.  A modern library serves as a community center, communications hub and a magnet for continuing education, along with more traditional functions of preserving and promoting the written word.  The Friends help pay for up-to-date staff training as library services are constantly redefined.

Library Materials.  Over the years, the Friends have donated additional funds to supplement town budget requests toward the purchase of new library books, DVDs, museum passes and other materials.

Community Programming. One of the most significant library resources that the Friends fund is the variety of community programs available in the library and online. Friends funds enable the library to have a diversity of robust programs year-round, for all ages.

Planning and Construction.  The West Tisbury Library has Martha’s Vineyard’s largest materials collection and the Island’s highest rate of circulation.  Whenever the library has needed more space for collections, activities and displays, better accommodations for young adults and researchers,  a place for lectures, films and presentations, the Friends provided the needed funds to get these projects “off the ground.”  As the 2014 rebuilding evolved, Friends paid for pre-construction requirements, landscape planning and some of the furnishings.

The Friends support special craft projects.


Much of what the Friends do for the library comes in the form of financial support made possible through the annual membership appeal and the summer book sale.  However, the Friends help in other ways, too.

Volunteering isn’t just shelving books.  The Friends are always looking for new members with diverse talents and skills.  If you can handle a camera, please photograph a library activity for on-going publicity.  A batch of favorite cookies for a library event or providing inspiration for a public program—the Board of Directors welcomes you interest, expertise and willingness to volunteer.  The annual book sale requires many volunteer hours to sort, price, move tables, put up signs, take out trash and staff the checkout lines.  The month of July, into early August, is the peak demand time for book sale volunteers.

The Friends of the West Tisbury Library can be reached at:
PO Box 905,
West Tisbury, MA  02575

With thousands of titles the annual book sale draws hundreds of avid readers every year.

Halloween would not be the same without the Friends making possible the annual hayride.

The book sale is ON!

The Board of the Friends announced today that the 61st used book sale will be held this summer.  It will look and feel new and different, but books will be sorted by familiar categories and tremendous bargains will be available.

Sale dates have been expanded.  Monday, July 26 thru Saturday, July 31 are full price days-$10/bag.  Sunday, August 1, bags will be half priced and Monday, August 2 is free day.  The sale is held in the West Tisbury School gym on Old County Road. 

Due to COVID considerations, masks will be required, tables will be 6 feet apart, and customers may have to be limited (150 maximum in the West Tisbury School gym at once).  Social distancing is recommended.

This year’s innovation:  most books will be sold by the grocery bag and not individually priced.  $10 a bag ($20-$30 for larger bags).  Please bring your own grocery-sized bag, if possible.  Vineyard authors and “Best of Show” books will be priced and paid for separately. 

All sale proceeds benefit the West Tisbury Library.  Arrangements this year were particularly challenging and the Friends are most grateful to the school administration, the Board of eHhHealth, our forty volunteers and our island book donors.  Without their enthusiastic support and accommodation, the show could not go on.

With a longer sale schedule, categories will be restocked regularly, so come often.

For up-to-the-minute details, please follow the Friends of the West Tisbury Library on Instagram or check the library’s website, westtisburylibrary.org

Donate to the Friends of West Tisbury Library! 

Donate at the Library or by mailing:

PO Box 905,
West Tisbury, MA 02575

The West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. promotes and supports the continuous improvement and maintenance of the buildings, services and programs of the West Tisbury Free Public Library by raising revenue from private sources to supplement the funds provided by the Town and State.


The West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 Foundation, EIN 27-1785670. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.