Friends of the Library

Friends of the Rogers Free Library

The Friends of Rogers Free Library is a 501(c)(3) foundation formed to fund programs and activities of Rogers Free Library beyond its Town budget. The Friends is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of Bristol residents.

Supported by generous gifts from donors, the Friends underwrite popular ongoing Library offerings including its Summer Reading Program, and Mrs. Katz and Her Hats storytime. It also supports special programs and activities such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, LinkedIn Learning (a video learning library), Bristol BookFest, and events promoting literacy and community building in the greater Bristol community.

In the past, the Friends provided funding for additional library conference room spaces and a new Teen Space specially designed by and for young library patrons. In 2022, the Friends provided financial support to update the technology in the library’s Herreshoff Community Room.

The Friends seek applications for its financial support of community programs that explicitly demonstrate a connection to the mission of Rogers Free Library and/or provide a significant benefit to either the library’s patrons or the Bristol community. Learn more on our Community Grant Program page or download the grant application here.

The Friends thank the numerous generous donors who contributed this year and in prior years, as well the long-time patrons who remembered the library in their wills or their families who recommended donations in their honor.

Donations to support the work of the Friends of Rogers Free Library can be mailed to Post Office Box 538, Bristol, RI 02809.

Contact us:

Peter Maloney (President, Directorship expires in 2023)
David M. Gwizdowski  (Directorship expires 2026)
Amy C. Vitale (Directorship expires in 2026)
Catherine Murray (Directorship expires in 2027)
Nichole Lewis (Directorship expires in 2028)
Ruth Souto, Liaison from the Trustees

The annual meeting of the Friends, held in June, is open to all.

Current as of February 2022.