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    Center Moriches, NY 11934

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Promoting Reading in Our Community

Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in libraries; to focus public attention on the library; to stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services; to receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library; to support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the community; to lend legislative support where needed; and to support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.

What We Do

Quality library service is important to our community. The Friends of the Center Moriches Free Public Library Inc. is a not-for-profit, charitable group of civic-minded neighbors formed to support the Center Moriches Library. FOL has provided many needed items for the library and conducted numerous library and community programs.

During this past year, FOL was super charged with activities and programs. Our three-day book sale in September was a huge success and the Thrift Shelves are always fully stocked and thoroughly enjoyed by all patrons. The Cloisters and Xavier on the Hudson bus trip also in September was fantastic. It was great food and a wonderful tour of The Cloisters. In October, FOL ran a number of events during Friends of the Library Week such as the Haunted LI presentation, a Haunted Tea, and Pumpkin Decorating for Children. We awarded three local seniors with scholarships; conducted two food drives; presented gifts to all library staff; refreshments for the Knitting Club; supported the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program as well as 100 Books Before Graduation for teens; purchased well needed computer furniture for the library; and maintained our three outreach programs – Free Little Libraries at Kaler’s Pond and Moriches Bay Recreation Center and Library at the Laundromat. The FOL Puzzle Shelf is overwhelming popular and the Book Club continues to thrive.

This year we hope to introduce some new programs, bus trips and continue our many tried and true programs. Watch for all of our program announcements on this website and in the Center Moriches Library Newsletters throughout the year. And please join us if you would like to become an active member of the FOL.

Look What’s Coming Up!

June – End of the school year, the beginning of summer, and some pretty awesome special days ahead. National Go Barefoot Day-6/1, National Hug Your Cat Day-6/4, National Start Over Day-6/5, D-Day-6/6, National Best Friends Day-6/8, National Donald Duck Day-6/9, Say “Hi” Day-6/11, Flag Day-6/14, International Picnic Day-6/18, Summer Solstice-6/20, National Selfie Day-6/21, and National Chocolate Pudding Day-6/26. Happy Father’s Day-6/16!

  • New Bus Trip: It is a two-day excursion to the Amish Country and Sight & Sound Theatre in Pennsylvania, October 22 and 23, 2024. Our overnight trips in the past have been absolutely wonderful experiences. Don’t miss out on this great trip! Reservations are being accepted starting June 1. Reservation forms are located near the Thrift Shelves in the library and on the library website/FOL Bus Trips.

  • FOL Raffle:  We will be raffling off a Summer Reading Basket on June 23 at the library from 1:30 pm to 4 pm.  This basket will be filled to the brim with goodies including a signed copy of Lauren Rico’s book Familia.

  • Scholarship Winners: Three local High School seniors have been awarded the Maurine Rose and Carroll Gerard Donnelly Memorial Scholarship. Their names will be announced next month on the Scholarship webpage. Each will receive a $1000 scholarship. The additional amount per scholarship was a one-time donation from one of our Action Committee members. Thank you, Harold!
  • Jewelry: We are planning a unique jewelry fundraiser in the Fall/Winter. At this time, we are requesting any jewelry you no longer wear or want. We accept all – new/used, fine/costume, whole/pieces in any shape or condition. Bring it to the library’s circulation desk and thank you in advance for your donations.

  • FOL Action Committee Meetings: The next two meetings are July 10 and August 14 at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome and refreshments are always served. Please join us!

Contact us at any time with your questions, suggestions, or if you want to help. Contact us