Board of Directors:

President, Denise McCabe-Edwards
Vice President, Pat Seibert
Secretary, Pam Gilbert
Treasurer, Marcia Honsaker
Delores Breunig
Jean Davis
Kathleen Haddad

Annual Membership Drive

The Friends of the Libraries has begun their annual membership drive for 2021. We are a non-profit organization formed to develop supplemental funding to actively support the Sidney Memorial Public Library and its branches in Sidney Center and Masonville. Although 2020 has been a difficult year, we have supported the libraries and funded the following:

            Virtual programs to support the children’s Summer Reading Program that included:

            Story Laurie, Science Tellers, Cain Magic, and Animal Adventure. In addition, we funded books for the children who participated in the reading program.

            In the Children’s department we made additions to the puppet collection, purchased musical instruments and totes for the Music for Munchkins program, posters, and a table and chairs. We provided pizzas for the teen nights and we purchased a Cricut die cutting machine and supplies to assist the staff in their programs.

We purchased the movie license that allows for the public viewing of movies at the libraries, as well as the video circuit that provides DVD movies to the branches. The Friends sponsored a monthly movie program that included fresh popcorn for our audience.

The Book Page monthly publication about new books is sponsored by the Friends.

We provided the flowers on the grounds of the library and thank the Sidney Garden Club for their assistance in planting and watering. To help beautify the Masonville branch, we purchased self-watering outdoor planters.

In appreciation to the hard working staff at the libraries, we recognized their hard work with t-shirts in honor of Library Week and the 125th anniversary of the library.

The generous donations of our members have helped to make all this and more possible. Due to our inability to hold our bi -annual Grand Book sales and our twice monthly Books a la Carte sales, we are dependent on our membership drive to continue to fund these endeavors.

If you wish to show your support, you can pick up one of our membership forms at the library, click here to download and print the form, or you can contact Denise McCabe Edwards at  Because we are a non-profit, all donations are tax deductible.

The Board members of the Friends of the Libraries thank you for your consideration.

Book Discussion Group

The Friends of the Libraries book discussion group meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 11:30am in the Smart Community Room. New members are always welcome.

If you would like to join the Book Discussion Group and need a copy of the book, just stop by our circulation desk and ask for one.


Due to COVID restrictions, movies will not be on a normal schedule, so please see the newsletters and Facebook page to know when they will be happening.

The Friends show a movie on the big screen once a month. This event is free and open to the public. Movies are shown in the Smart Community Room on the 4th Sunday of the month, beginning at 1:30 pm.

Book Sales

Please note that due to COVID restrictions, book sales are currently not on a normal schedule, so please see the newsletters and Facebook page to know when they will be happening.

The Friends of the Libraries sponsor both a la carte (small) and large book sales.

  • Books A La Carte (smaller sale)
    • Friends of the Libraries Books a la Carte book sales take place on the 1st Thursday and 3rd Saturday of each month in the Library’s lobby from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. Lots of items for sale at VERY reasonable prices! Stop in and browse. We will have items of interest for everyone.
  • Grand Book Sale – every fall and spring
    • The Grand Book Sale is much larger than the Books A La Carte, and offers more books and different media, including magazines and movies.

Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Libraries is held each year in February in the Smart Community Room of the Sidney Memorial Public Library in Sidney, NY.

The agenda will include a financial report and a review of activities supported by the Friends of the Libraries. All members of the Friends of the Libraries are invited to attend.