Finances

The purpose of the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library is to raise funds in support of our public library!

We raise funds through annual memberships and our bi-annual Secret Garden Tour. We also occasionally pursue other, more long-term fundraising projects such as the creation and sales of Cambridge Voices, a book showcasing the vibrant literary community that enriches our city.

We support the library in the following ways:

Library Acquisitions: a portion of the money which the Friends raise each year goes toward enriching the collections of the library. In the past, this has included purchasing new titles for the children’s room for the grand opening of the library’s recently renovated main branch. We have also helped the library buy e-readers loaded with different titles and available for patrons to check out!

Library Programming: the Friends are thrilled to support public programs at the library throughout the year! Programs we support include Cambridge READS; a summer middle school book club; and discretionary programs at each of the library’s neighborhood branches. We are also happy to support the library’s annual Staff Day, when all of the library’s 100-plus employees are able to come together for a day of learning and fun.

Museum Passes and Movie Licenses: one of the longest-standing commitments of the Friends is to raise funds in support of passes to area museums, allowing patrons free or discounted admission to Franklin Park Zoo, the Children’s Museum and more. We also fund the licenses the library needs in order to show movies in any of its various community programs.

Membership costs: As a volunteer organization, we make every effort to minimize these costs to ensure that most of the money we raise directly supports the library. Over the past two years, in fact, we spent less than 5% of our total budget on membership mailings and events – and that includes all costs related to promoting our biannual Secret Garden Tour.

To all our members, we thank you so much for your support!

Friends budget graphic

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