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 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:

The last meeting for this season will be held on Thursday, May 2nd at noon in the first floor meeting room. We do not hold meetings in June, July, and August with our first meeting of next season to be held on Thursday, Sept. 5th at noon.

The Friends are proud to announce a new museum pass with CT Landmarks which can be obtained online on the library website under Collections. CT Landmarks museum pass can be used at six of their museums, Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden, Bethlehem, Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry, Phelps-Hathaway House and Garden, Suffield, Butler-McCook House and Garden, Hartford, Isham-Terry House and Garden, Hartford, and Hempstead Houses, New London. Look up each for days and hours. Each pass admits two adults and up to four children 6-18. Under 6 are free.

Friends of the Library Officers:

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