Friends of  Delmont Public Library


We are a private, non-profit 501(c) (3), member-supported organization of volunteers, book lovers, information seekers, readers, and advocates who value the Delmont Public Library as a vital community resource and actively promote its continued growth and excellence. We are united to promote the use of the library, support life-long readers, expand the scope of library programs, and provide assistance where needed. The Friends meet the second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM at the library.

Ground breaking ceremony for our new library

What do the Friends do?

The Friends promote and support existing library programs, raise funds to provide additional library resources, take on special projects at the library’s request, and sponsor adult and children’s programming to promote community awareness.  The Friends also sponsor ongoing special interest activities such as writers groups and a book club.

Our dear friend Fran Lynch

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Board Members:

President – Kathleen Varnise

Vice President – Charlene Davis

Secretary/Treasurer – Joyce Clohessy

Membership Chair – Louisa Fordyce


Questions?  Contact the Friends:


The Sunday Book Club

The Sunday Book Club meets at the library at 2:30 PM on the 3rd Sunday of each month except December. Members take turns selecting the book for each month. There is no charge to participate.


Delmont Area Writers Group (DAWGs)

The Dawgs are an adult writer’s group that meets the second Wednesday of the month at 10 AM at the Delmont Presbyterian Church. DAWGs is open to new members at all levels who enjoy writing.  Members critique and encourage each other and hone their creative skills through monthly writing exercises.


Knotty Knitters

colorful yarn balls with needles

The Knotty Knitters get together each Thursday evening at the Library to work on personal knitting and crochet projects and to learn new stitches and techniques. Open to all needlework enthusiasts at any level from beginner to advanced. A $15 annual donation is collected for the library.

Special Programming


Throughout the year, Friends  supports or sponsors a variety of special interest programs for children  including  the annual Children’s Summer Reading Program, the Young Writer’s groups, and children’s craft programs. Other programs have included a competitive chess club, interactive story times, and the American Girl Pioneer Series.




The Friends also sponsor many programs of diverse public interest for adults. Examples of recent programs include:

  • Travelogues with Paul Thompson
  • Air Force One
  • Bees are our Friends with Curt Fisher, Beekeeper
  • Laughter as Therapy with David Russell, M.Ed.
  • Antique Books with John Shulman of Caliban Book Shop
  • Lori Jakiela, Author and Memoirist

Fund Raising

In fulfillment of our mission, the Friends have raised funds to purchase many items for the library, including shelving for the ongoing used book sales, a television for video programs, folding chairs and a table for meetings, a vacuum sweeper, a multi-function copier-fax-scanner, $5,000 of additional book shelving, a book cart, as well as funds for web redesign and hundreds of dollars for large print books, adult fiction and children’s books and materials.



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