Harrisburg Library thrives with help from Friends

A community’s library greatly contributes to its vitality and intellectual growth, but its survival depends on the generosity and commitment of   its patrons, who are driven by that shared belief, a mutual passion for reading, and a lifelong quest for learning and knowledge.


The Harrisburg Library is no exception.  The town’s library is able to accomplish its goals and go beyond the book shelves through the help of its Friends. Because of its generous and active members, the Friends of the Harrisburg Library (FOHL), a not-for-profit organization,  has been able to support the local library by:   


  • Providing the library with new books and much- needed equipment, such as  book drops and displays, carts and baskets, an up-to-date globe, and other materials that  expand the library’s offerings and services, and help make library  operations more efficient for its staff and patrons;

  • Recruiting and scheduling volunteers to shelve and organize books and provide supplemental help to the library staff.  In 2013 alone, a monthly average of 24 volunteers gave an annual total of 2,033 hours of service; 


  • Sponsoring  events and programs for patrons of all ages, including summer reading programs, after-school teen reading programs, and author receptions and other adult programs; 


  • Organizing fundraisers such as raffles and the sale of used books, literary-themed gift baskets, and commemorative library walkway bricks, all of which most recently helped create the library’s teen area..


Future plans for the FOHL include helping the library achieve its goals for increased technology training and programming, a public computer lab, and private study rooms for tutoring. 


But it is strong ongoing support from Harrisburg’s residents that helps the Friends continue to make a difference and make the Harrisburg Library the best it can be.     Remember, borrow freely and give generously because it all comes back to you  -- for you and the community. 

The FOHL Board  of Directors meets  January -  June  and  August - November on the third Monday of each month at 10 a.m. at the library.  No meetings are held July and December. All are welcome to attend.    

Tote Bag Sale 


Friends of the Harrisburg Library tote bags are on sale  at the library for $3 each or  two for $5 (cash or check only). All proceeds benefit the library’s initiatives and programs. The bags are perfect for carrying books and things to and from the library, gym, beach, lake, or pool - and they also make wonderful gifts!

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 New and noteworthy..... Our annual Membership Meeting will be held at the Harrisburg Library on March 24th, 2015 at 7:00pm.

The Harrisburg Library has new hours! 

Monday - Thursday:
9:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm