What We Do

Below is a list of recent activities of the FRIENDS.

  • 2 Winter Warmings musical event fundraisers sponsored by the FRIENDS and Whaling City Sound, with refreshments provided by Destination Soups
  • Funding to help finance the production of a film about the Audubon Collection of the New Bedford Free Public Library, and as part of the Audubon Exhibition at the New Bedford Art Museum.
  • In conjunction with the Audubon Exhibition at the Art Museum, the FRIENDS granted funds to assist with the restoration  of Audubon’s “Raven.”
  • Children’s Writers Contest – The FRIENDS allotted funds for the purchase of gift cards as awards.
  • My Friend Hetty Green presentation by Lucy Bly at the FRIENDS Annual Meeting September 4, 2018
  • An Evening with Eleanor Roosevelt presentation by Carol Cohen at the Friends Annual Meeting, September 5, 2017
  • Little Libraries at 4 New Bedford Fire Stations
  • Main Library Used Book Sale (ongoing)
  • Symphony Tales — A music and literacy program for pre-school children, presented in the libraries in 2017
  • Annual Funding for the city libraries and their summer reading programs
  • Purchase for the Library collections a historic photographic print by Al Kaplan, a native New Bedford photographer, in memory of Joan Halter, former Friends President