JHLwebpicsmall-fullWe are the Friends of the Joshua Hyde Public Library in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The Friends were incorporated in 1985 to raise funds for the expansion of the Library building. We continue to support the Library in its outreach to the community, through not only books, but newer technology, allowing greater access to information and entertainment for all members of the public. The Friends organize the annual book sales and other activities to raise funds. We also provide a greater commodity to our library – you the volunteers – who give time, know-how, hard work and creativity (as well as a ton of used books!) to all our endeavors. Thank You!


President Donna Englander
Vice-President Ellen Duzak
Treasurer Position Open
Secretary  Christine Neslusan

Committee Chairs

Book Sales Co- Chairs Jane Zavistoski
Leila Glaser
Bulletin Editor Bailey Applegate
Membership Drive Tanja Pevner
Technology Hannah Darling

Friends By Laws

By Laws

Programs Funded by The Friends

(examples from this and past years)

    • Children and Youth Programsstory time 2s
      Puppet shows, magic shows, jewelry making, music & rhythm; Christmas with Santa; Red Sox Day; Farmer Minor and Daisy (pig); Star Wars Symposium; YA Mindbender & Mentalist program
    • Children’s Program Supplies
      Arts and crafts supplies; Story Time and project supplies; Seed for window bird feeder; to promote reading
    • Summer Reading Program
      Special programs such as: African Rhythms and Dance; Having Fun with Fossils and Dinosaurs; Magical Stories from Around the World Breakfast Club; Arts & crafts projects; Prizes
All Award Winners
All Award Winners
First Row – Harrison P., Jillian H. Isabella N., Conor K.
Second Row – Kathryn H., Lilianna N., Sophie B., Samantha
  • Bookmark Contest
    Framed bookmarks and Reception for winners
  • Museum Passes and Discounts
    Passes or discounts to 15 Fun places to visit
  • Adult Book Discussion Group
    Monthly book discussion; Stewing over Mysteries program; Author visits – Local authors; Hallie Ephron
  • Adult Programs and Summer Reading Program
    Stealing Rembrandts; Gravestone Girls; Lizzie Borden; Maichack Arts; Indian and Chinese Cooking; On-line job Search
  • Origami Sunday Fun for all ages – from beginners to experts

Other Expenditurescomputer-children

  • Equipment
    Nook and e-books; Scanner; Speaker system; Printer; Tables for meeting room; AccuCut Equipment
  • Quarterly Newsletter
    Lists up-coming events; reports on activities
  • Friends Website
    News and information; How to Volunteer; Donate
  • Administrative Expenses
    Printing, Postage, Misc. administrative expenses

How We Fund These Programs and Expenditures