This oak leaf image is taken from a motif found at the front entrance of the Library, and has been adopted by the Friends of the Library as the organization’s trademark symbol and emblem of the Library.

“During the Victorian age, the oak leaf was a symbol of hospitality, stability, strength, honor, eternity, endurance, and liberty — qualities the Merriam-Gilbert Library continues to align itself with in its effort to provide the best library service possible.”

The Friends of the Merriam-Gilbert Public Library (FoMGPL) are committed to the vitality of our Library as a center for learning and community gathering. Through various fundraisers throughout the year, we are able to add distinctive programs and opportunities for our community members. We are always looking for new members to join us in this exciting endeavor!

How to be a friend?

Think about what you enjoy doing as well as what you’re good at doing and can you use your unique talents to help your local community?

For instance, if you like to cook, we are always in need of baked goods. If cooking is not your “thing”, how about letter writing? We send a lot of thank-you notes and could use an extra wordsmith. How about tapping into your connections and obtaining some items for our ever-popular White Christmas Raffle? Sometimes all we need are an extra set of hands to help set up at one of our events.

Whatever your talents may be, we need a Friend like you!

Thanks to the Friends of the Library, we have been able to offer:

  • Museum passes (Worcester Art Museum, Magic Wings, the Ecotarium, and more)
  • The Meditation 101 program
  • Fun & wacky caricatures
  • Jewelry design with Klassic Kreations
  • Making centerpieces & holiday decor with Bemis Farms Nursery
  • Song & dance for children with Julie Stepanek

Want to join today? GREAT!