Friends of the Library Membership Application

To apply for membership, please print & fill out the below information, and then pay the appropriate dues. 

Dues are annual and run from January 1- December 31.

Dues cost:
Family (2 or more people)- $25
Single- $15

Seniors (age 62+) & students
Family (2 or more people)- $15
Single- $10

Business/Organization?Industrial- $100

Lifetime membership- $175

Dues are tax-deductible. 

Pay your dues by either mailing in a check or with a check, cash, or credit card in person at the Book Shop. 

Checks should be made payable to: Friends of the Broome County Public Library
Checks should be mailed to: The Friends c/o the Broome County Public Library
                                               185 Court St. 
                                                Binghamton, New York 13901

For more information call (607) 778-6403

Please fill out the below information:

First name: _____________________________   Last name: _____________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________________

City: ____________________   State: _________________   Zipcode: ______________________

Email: ___________________________________________   Phone: _______________________

Please circle the type of membership you'd like:
Family     Single      Senior/student family      Senior/student single     Business/organization/industrial     Lifetime

Please circle the volunteer services that interest you (learn more about the types of services below):
Book sales     Reading garden     Book Shop     Friends Board

What do the Friends of the Broome County Public Library do?
The Friends raise funds to support library programs and needs outside the regular budget. This includes the Summer Reading Program, adult Yoga Classes, Grab-N-Go Bags for children & teens, furniture & computer equipment used by patrons of the library, & many other activities at the library.

Here are some of the “jobs” done by our regular volunteers:

Book Shop – Help stock the shelves, greet customers, sell books & answer questions about the Friends. There are seats in the Book Shop and it rarely has any heavy lifting, but it does help if you are comfortable using a tablet and counting money.

Donation Sorting – Our generous patrons give us many donations to re-sell. Friend’s volunteers meet several times a week, normally in the morning, and sort through the donations. They sort them into Children’s & Young Adult Books, Paperback Fiction, Hardcover Fiction, Non-Fiction, Like New (to the Book Shop!), DVDs, CDs, & Other Items, and remove any mildewed, water-damaged or badly soiled items for recycling. This job involves a lot of walking and some heavy lifting of boxes or bags of books.

Book Sale Set-Up – The boxes of items filled by those who sort donations are unpacked, sorted into more categories, & set out on tables. If you like reading titles of books and guessing what they are about (Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul goes to self-help, Chicken Soup 100 Ways goes to cookbooks), you’ll enjoy this job. It involves a lot of walking and bending over.

Book Sales – During the sales we need people to count up purchases and take money, and others to keep the books on the table tops neat and orderly. There isn’t much heavy
lifting, but if you are comfortable using a tablet and counting out money, we would love to have more people to help with this truly essential part of our book sales!

Reading Garden – In nice weather a group of volunteers meet in the morning, typically Wednesday, and work in the garden. They weed, prune, trim, & take care of the plantings in the Reading Garden.

Friends Board – Want to help with the logistics of setting up sales, paying program providers, documenting how money was taken & what it was spent on? Or do you have a great idea for a new fundraiser activity you think we should try? If you can use a spreadsheet to help track our memberships or know of better ways to advertise our sales, we would love to have you join us!