Friends of Cary Library logoThe Friends of Cary Memorial Library, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supplementing and enhancing library services, as well as advocating for the library and its users. We are also a part of the Massachusetts Friends of Libraries (MFOL), a networking, advocacy, and educational organization that lobbies elected officials for library support throughout the Commonwealth.

Friends of Cary Library membership supports

  • Free and reduced-price admission passes to area museums and seasonal events
  • Periodic lectures and performances held at Cary Library
  • Volunteer services to library staff and patrons
  • Additions to the print, electronic, and audiovisual collections of the library
  • Children’s, Teen's and Adult's summer reading programs
  • Funds for the renovated library and the purchase of specialized equipment

Be a friend of Cary Library. Join online or complete a membership form and bring it to the library circulation desk or send by mail to:

Friends of Cary Memorial Library, Inc.
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420-5303

If you are just making a donation, you may do this online or complete a donation form and bring it to the library circulation desk or mail to the address above.

Need more information? Call 781-862-6288 ext.84407 or email friends@carylibrary.org


Great Ways To Support Friends of Cary Library!

If you are an Amazon shopper, go to AmazonSmile, when making a purchase. Select the Friends of Cary Memorial Library as the charitable organization of your choice. Amazon will then donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Friends!

Friends of Cary Library offers you an easy, convenient way to purchase books online and support Friends at the same time! As a Bank Square Books/Savoy Bookstore Affiliate Program member, Friends can help you connect with a favorite author or discover a new writer. Each time you purchase a book or books through the affiliate link, Friends will receive a commission, at no extra cost to you!

 

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Friends Resume Limited Book Donations

Book donationFriends resume limited book donations.

Sundays Only, 1 PM - 4 PM

Limit: 2 grocery size bags or 2 small boxes

Location: South Entrance Lobby on green carts

Friends of Cary Library Seeks Board Marketing / Communications Committee Chair

The Friends of Cary Memorial Library is an all-volunteer non-profit organization open to all who value ongoing service to and support of Cary Memorial Library. The Friends is managed by an enthusiastic, engaged Board of Directors, which currently seeks a Board-level Marketing/Communications Committee chair to serve a two-year term. Oversight role includes: annual marketing/communications planning and budget, materials development, placement of news releases and social media announcements. No prior board experience is required.

Want to join an active Organization and Board with a vibrant mission and purpose? The Board meets monthly (9 am, 2nd Thursday, September–May) virtually or at Cary Library. Recent agenda and board meeting minutes are available, upon request.

Ready to learn more? Email friends@carylibrary.org for more information.

Spring and Fall Weekend Book Sales in May and November (Friday through Sunday)

used booksCheck back for scheduled dates.

Special Friends Members-Only Hours:
  Friday, 1 - 5 PM
  Saturday, 9 - 10 AM
Become a member at the sale and shop during Friends Members-Only Hours!

General Public Hours:
  Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM
  Sunday, 1 PM - 5 PM

All proceeds support library programs and services.

Scanners, smartphones and electronic devices are not permitted during the Friends Members-Only or General Public Hours sale at book sale tables or on individual items.

You'll find a wealth of items available for sale:

  • Gently used fiction and non-fiction books
  • Children's books
  • Paperbacks
  • Audio books
  • CDs, DVDs, videos

Categories:

Art
Biography
Children's
Classics
Coffee Table/Large Format
Cooking
Crafts
History
Hobbies
Literature
Math
Music
Mysteries
Popular Fiction
Religion and Philosophy
Romance
Science
Self-Help
Social Science
Specially Priced Books $5 & up
Travel

Book Sale Donations

Friends of Cary Library welcomes book sale donations throughout the year! 

Meet The Board

Ethie Slate, President
Nancy Olt, Vice President
Judy Hanlon, Vice President, Book Sales Co-Chair
Grace Murphy, Treasurer
Anita Quinn, Secretary
Jean Barry, Children’s Book Sales Chair
Mary Burnell, Volunteers Co-Chair
(Position open), Volunteers Co-Chair
Linda Cohen, Member-at-Large
Laurel Cooley, Past President
Pam Peifer, Membership Chair
Sandra Waxman, Book Sales Co-Chair

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, September to May, at 9 am in the Cary Library Learning Center.

You do not have to be a member to attend and we welcome anyone who has an interest in what the Friends do or who would like to become more involved!

Be a friend of Cary Library. Join online or complete a membership form and bring it to the library circulation desk or send by mail to:

Friends of Cary Memorial Library, Inc.
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420-5303

Become a Member

We thank you kindly for your continuing support.

If you are just making a donation, you may do this online or complete a donation form and bring it to the library circulation desk or mail to the address below:

Friends of Cary Memorial Library, Inc.
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420-5303

Donate to the Friends

We thank you kindly for your continuing support.

To Volunteer

To volunteer call 781-862-6288 ext. 84408, email volunteers@carylibrary.org or fill out our Adult Volunteer form.

Donate Materials & Book Sales

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, we are only taking limited book donations on Sundays from 1-4 PM. For more information, see the Friends of Cary Library News

Cary Library accepts donations of gently used materials in reasonable quantities. Some items may be added to the library collection at the discretion of staff. Many materials not added to the collection are sold by the Friends of Cary Library in the Elizabeth K. Clark Book Store, at the Children's Book Sale Cart, or during the May and November Book Sales. Others are donated to charitable organizations.

We Cannot Accept:

  • Magazines
  • Textbooks
  • Travel or Computer books more than 2 years old
  • Items with obvious damage
    (water, mold, mildew, broken spines, pages missing or falling out)
  • CDs or DVDs without cases or covers

Please do not donate these items, as they take time and effort to dispose of.

Donation Guidelines

We welcome donations of only the following materials in good condition for both adults and children:

  • Hardcover and paperback fiction and current nonfiction
  • Music and spoken-word CDs
  • Films and television series on DVD

Materials may be left at the donation station in the parking lot entrance lobby. If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please request one at the Adult Reference Desk on the Main Level.

Do you have other materials not on our list? The area organizations listed below are just a few that will accept printed and audiovisual materials.

Friends of Cary Memorial Library bookstore

Ongoing Book Sale

The Friends of Cary Library operate an ongoing Book Sale in the Elizabeth K. Clark Book Store on the library’s main level next to the Cary Commons.

Children's books and AV items are available for sale on the blue Children's Book Sale Cart inside the entrance to the Children's Room.

You’ll find a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction in excellent condition at very reasonable prices. Drop by and see!

 

Book sale room

May and November Book Sales

Check back for further announcements. 

 

For more information, call 781-862-6288 x84407 or email us at friends@carylibrary.org .

Friends of Cary Library support a primary library goal: creating a welcoming environment!

We contribute volunteer help during annual day and evening programs, and provide hospitality on other occasions. All are great ways to build community connections and socialize!

Staff Appreciation Party

This yearly event recognizes library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible.

Door to Door Tea

Each year, this special occasion brings together Door to Door volunteers and homebound patrons.

Volunteer Appreciation Reception

This annual reception honors the 100+ volunteers who have given the library their generous support. 

See all of our volunteer opportunities!

History

Celebrating 25 Years

2014 marks a special milestone for Friends of Cary Memorial Library. Since 1989, our organization has supported Cary Memorial Library’s mission and services by:

  • Acting as advocates for the Library and statewide library services
  • Raising funds to supplement Library resources and services
  • Sponsoring programs and special events
  • Organizing and supporting Library volunteers

As we celebrate Friends history — and future — in this anniversary year, please show your support by becoming a member or renewing your membership.

Watch for more Friends of Cary Memorial Library news and updates throughout the year.

Membership and Renewal Form

HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS

Take a walk down memory lane with Friends of Cary Memorial Library!

1990

Under the leadership of Ione Garing and Nancy Winsten, the Friends of Cary Library is founded by a group of supporters, committed to sustaining and developing the library’s resources and services. 

125 people attend the 1st Annual Meeting, featuring Simon Schama, Harvard University professor, speaking on “Murder at Harvard: The Historian as Detective.”

1991

Membership rises to 540! 

Friends Discovery Day Book Sale
The 2nd Annual Book Sale is held at the library on Discovery Day, May 25.

A Play Reading Group forms and meets every other Monday evening at a group member’s home.

1992

Friends of Cary donates a new security system to enhance access to videos and compact disks. 

“Share an evening of poetry” is listed among Spring Calendar dates!

 

1993

Friends adds Boston’s Aquarium and Science Museum to the museum pass program. Additional funds also underwrite for two CD-ROM data bases: Moody’s for business information and Granger’s for poetry.

 

Seal Journey book cover

1994

Spring and Fall Lexington Authors Evenings continue. Among the speakers are Richard Sobol and son Jonah, who create Seal Journey, following their trip to Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence.

 

1995

Friends of Cary bids farewell to library directory Robert C. Hilton and welcomes new director Carol A. Mahoney.

Income from donated book sales, from July 1994 to July 1995, totals $15,165 and continues to enhance library services, including the museum pass program.

 

1996

Friends reports the purchase of a sound system for the library, in its Spring newsletter.

Friends co-sponsors Aimons Lire, a Franco-American reading club in Lexington, with Boston Accueil and French Cultural Center. The club alternately reads and discusses the books in the language of the book editions.

 

Photo of the East Branch Library in the Stone Building

1997

Cary Library joins the Minuteman Library Network, providing patrons borrowing privileges at 33 public libraries and access to four academic libraries.

As library advocates, Cary Friends representatives attend the annual Massachusetts Federation of Libraries meeting and hear about priorities and activities of other attendees.

1,383 Lexington children and their families participate in this year’s summer reading program, “CELEBRATE! READ!,” at the main and East Branch libraries, reading 20,812 hours.

 

1998

Library renovation is on the horizon! During the Friends annual meeting, Lexington historian and speaker Larry Whipple spotlights the town’s early libraries, including adult member-based Social and Farmers’ libraries and a free Juvenile library, established by town vote in 1827. Bill Dailey, board chair of newly formed Cary Memorial Library Foundation, outlines the Foundation purpose and the upcoming capital building plans.

This same year, Friends of Cary Memorial Library incorporates as a private, not-for-profit organization.

 

1999

During a Spring program, Friends of Cary member and MFA lecturer Miriam W. Butts explores Isabella Stewart Gardner’s world famous house-museum, using slides and drawing on special books in Cary Library’s collection relating to the Gardner Museum. 

For the first time, Friends of Cary and Lexington Historical Society co-sponsor a lecture, given by Dr. Thomas O’Connor, author of numerous books on Boston history. The event takes place in   the Dining Room of Hancock Church.

 

2000

Friends pledge payment
As published in the Lexington Minuteman on August 17, 2000. [Staff photo by Lawrence Pruyne]
Isabel L. Jankelson (second from right), president of The Friends of Cary Memorial Library Inc., turns a $15,000 pledge payment over to William J. Dailey, president of the Cary Memorial Library Foundation. To date, The Friends have made donations totaling $87,000 towards their $100,000 pledge for the library’s renovation project. Also present for the check passing was Carol A. Mahoney, library director (left) and Mary Aybazian, treasurer of The Friends. In acknowledgement of this gift, the Foundation will name the conference and lecture hall in the renovated building for The Friends.

The library closes for renovation in November.

 

Poster for Friends Mystery lecture

Mystery writer workshops take place in December at the Museum of National Heritage.

 

 

2001

During National Children’s Book Week, in November, Friends of Cary and Lexington Historical Society co-host “Celebrating American History in Children’s Literature: from the Revolution to 1900” at Pilgrim Congregational Church. Keynote speaker, Professor Sue Burgess, joins Lexington writers and panelists to discuss important aspects of writing history books for children.

 

2002

Friends of Cary continues to fund passes to 14 area museums. The Science Museum, Discovery Museum, and Aquarium receive highest use, with passes averaging 19, 16, and 15 times each month, in recent months. 

For the second year, the annual meeting takes place at the Church of Our Redeemer—as it would the next year!

 

2003

In February, Friends of Cary and the National Heritage Museum hold a joint Great Train Film Festival for young children on three mornings and adults during three evenings. Despite cold, snowy mornings, parents, grandparents, and nannies especially turn out with little ones to enjoy “Thomas the Tank Engine,” “John Henry,” and “The Little Engine That Could.”

 

 

Library opening photo

2004

Cary Library re-opens on a bright, sunny April day, with Friends volunteers on hand to greet each library visitor. 

Authors Evening Series and Book Sales planning gets underway!  When the Author Evening Series resume in the fall, bestseller novelist, Dennis Lehane, is among the featured speakers!

 

Band of Liberty logo2005

Monday Evenings of Music in March feature Colonial Brass, part of the Band of Liberty, stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base. Next up, Jeff Leonard, Lexington High School music teacher and student musicians, who present “DeMystifying Jazz: What is it all about.”

 

2006

Friends of Cary and the Lexington Reads Committee co-host a Film/Discussion Series. Among the entries are “Joy Luck Club” and “House of Sand and Fog. Based on series popularity, the partners sponsor a 2007 series, this one ranging from “Asphalt Jungle” to the comedy, “Talk of the Town.”

 

2007

Mystery writers and community members gather at the Depot for a Sleuth Soiree, a first-ever Friends gala fund-raiser. Guests and writers enjoy mingling with the writers, who share thoughts about their books and mystery writing.

Friends Sleuth Soiree

As published in the Lexington Minuteman on November 1, 2007. [Staff photo by Holly Schmidt]
Hal Lord, left, and Stu Taylor, both of Lexington, enjoy the Sleuth Soiree on Friday night at the Depot Building.

 

 

Photo of Friends bookstore opening

2008

On June 12, Friends of Cary Memorial Library Book Store opens, a gift of Peggy Barton, in honor of past President Betty Clark.

In the fall, Friends announces a free lecture series, presented by John Tischio, New England Opera Club president.  A free study series, presented by Dr. Irene Weigel, offers the public A Survey of Eastern World Faith Traditions.

 

 

Photo of rare books

2009

Friends of Cary encourages the community to bring old books, historical newspapers or magazines to a talk titled “Is There Value in Your Old and Rare Books.”  Guest speaker is Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of  Boston’s Brattle Book Shop and frequent Antique Road Show contributor.

At its annual meeting, Friends celebrates a 20th anniversary, showcasing its accomplishments with photos and stories!

 

 

Photo of Rick Beyer filming

2010

Friends welcomes back Dr. Irene Weigel, who presents a second study series, Eastern and Western Faith Traditions through Art.

Lexington resident, documentary producer, author and historian Rick Beyer provides a behind-the-scenes view of “Adventures in History Filmmaking” at the 21st annual meeting. 

 

2011

As in previous years, representatives of Friends of Cary Memorial Library attend the Annual Legislative Breakfast, this time held at Cambridge Library. Speakers and discussion focus on current state legislative agenda and Massachusetts library system updates.

Friends of Cary bids farewell to Library Director Connie Rawson and welcomes Koren Stembridge as new director. In a move to Go Green, Friends members are encouraged to receive newsletters by email.

 

2012

Friends of Cary continues to co-sponsor summer reading programs, providing children, teens and adults with fun activities plus prizes. For teens, the “Own the Night” program features reading discussion groups, a creative workshop series, movies, journal- and sushi-making classes, and video game olympics!

 

 

Rock & Roll logo

2013

Popular music fans flock to Dr. Steve Berrien’s Rock and Roll and American Society: From the Roots of Rock and Roll to the British Invasion. The Friends-hosted weekly series runs from late fall through early winter.

As always, Friends volunteers keep the Children’s Book Cart and Book Store stocked with gently used donated books and materials for purchase. Proceeds continue to support summer reading programs, museum passes, library collections and services.

 

 

Year of Discovery Logo

 

2014

Cary Library designates 2014 as its “Year of Discovery: Science, Technology and You.” In partnership, Friends of Cary hosts spring and fall speakers programs and co-sponsors the Childrens Summer Reading Program—all focusing on science and technology.