Friends of the Library

Who We Are

The Friends of the Canton Public Library is a group of interested citizens dedicated to supporting and enhancing library services in Canton.  As a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, the Friends' goals are to:

  • Build a membership of citizens who support the Library
  • Encourage the use of library services
  • Spotlight the value of the Library in the life of our community
  • Expand the resources of the Library through fundraising
  • Sponsor programs and cultural activities for children and adults


  1.     General Donations to the Friends are always  gratefully accepted

    Ask your employer about matching gifts

  1. Donate to support interior renovation below or by check payable to The Friends of The Canton Public Library with "Interior Renovation Fund" in the memo field

  1. Donate to support the BettyAnn Swartz Memorial Fund below or by check payable to The Friends of The Canton Public Library with "BettyAnn Swartz Memorial Fund" in the memo field  

If you need a receipt other than your credit card statement please contact the Friends' Treasurer

What We Do

The Friends' fundraising and volunteer efforts allow the Library to purchase equipment, programs, services, and items for its collection outside of its municipal operating budget.


  • The Museum Pass Program
  • The Open Book Coffeehouse
  • OWL video conferencing equipment
  • Maker Space Equipment (3D Printer, etc.)
  • The Electronic Message Board
  • Public Performance Licenses to show Films
  • Lobby Display Cases
  • Gaming Systems
  • The "Best Friends" statuary

..and much more


  • Linda Berman, President email
  • Patricia McDermott, Vice-President
  • Lilyane Soltz, Secretary
  • Sylvia Cormier, Treasurer
  • Mary Jane Mangan, Volunteer and Membership Committees Chair email
  • Emily Prigot, Publicity Committee Chair and Open Book Coffeehouse 
  • Linda Silverstein, Publicity Committee
  • Mike Sundin, Book Sale Coordinator
  • Kevin Boyce, Canton Writes! Coordinator
  • Jan Chamberlain, Trustee Liaison
  • William Quinn, Member-at-large