The Friends of RPL is a 501c3 non-profit voluntary organization whose mission is to raise funds for the library, help sponsor programs and special events at the library, and in the community.

New members are welcome at any time. Dues are flexible and begin as low as $10. If you are interested in joining, please pick up an application at the library or call (860) 875-5892 x1, and request that an application is mailed to you. To download an application you can print and mail in, please click Friends Application.

Applications should be mailed to:
Friends of RPL
52 Union Street
Vernon, CT 06066

You may also “sample” a Friends meeting and see if you would like to join. Brown bag luncheon meetings take place the first Thursday of most months from September through May at 12 noon in the Community Room on the main level of the library. Meetings and program notices are sent out by email blast to members, and are advertised in the Courant Community Section on Thursdays, in the JI, and on

If you would like to make a donation to the Friends of RPL in memory or in honor of someone, please use this form.


Projects in which the Friends take part include:

Homebound book delivery
Supporting children’s and adult programming
Annual Holiday Cookie Sale in December
Purchasing museum passes for library cardholders
Purchasing subscription to monthly “Booklist Reader”

With funds raised this year through continuing to ask our community to donate either receipts or money from bottle returns, dropped off or mailed to the library identifying Friends on the envelope, we have been able to continue to provide museum passes to our library card holders as well as provide the gift cards for the library’s summer reading program readers. Most museum passes can be obtained on the library website under Collections and the few that can’t, can be obtained at the circulation desk. The Friends also provide the monthly Booklist Reader which can be found at the circulation desk.


Upcoming meeting:

Join us on Thursday, March 7th at noon in the first floor meeting room as we learn all about our Civil War Museum presented by Dan Hayden.

Make sure that you check out our museum passes giving you discounts and sometimes free admissions to many museums in our state. The museum listings can be found here or printed copies are available at the library’s circulation desk. We just found out that the Yale Peabody Museum will be opening this month with free admission. Please give them a call to find our their opening date and times for visits, 203-432-8987.

Friends of the Library Officers:

President: Carol Barcomb
Vice President: Nancy Swanton
Secretary/Membership: Sue Loalbo
Treasurer: Bill McManus
Publicity: Donna Barnas