The onset of the Corona virus pandemic has caused disruptions to life as we know it, and we hope that all of our Friends have remained safe and well during these difficult times. Like everyone else, the Friends board and volunteers miss the normal rhythm of daily life and look forward to the reopening of our library and our community when it is safe for this to happen.
Just as the library staff has been working very hard to make as many programs, services, and resources as possible available to patrons, the Friends have also been working hard behind the scenes. We are busy planning programs and other fun activities that will be offered on Zoom. Watch for our new programs, Virtual Book Sales, our fall membership drive and free drawing, and FUNdraisers.
Friends Summer Reading Challenge
The Friends are proud sponsors of the Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults. For every registered reader, the Friends of the Goodnow Library pledged to donate $1 to the Sudbury Community Food Pantry. Watch for an announcement of the results coming soon.
New Newsletter Format
This is our first newsletter in our new format. Newsletters will now be emailed monthly to members so that we can provide you with information in a more timely and succinct manner. We will also be sending out reminders and special announcements using this format. Encourage your friends and neighbors to join the Friends so they, too, can stay informed about all of our programs and activities. And don’t forget to renew your membership and help us support the Goodnow Library, one of Sudbury’s greatest treasures.
Summer Reading Sponsorship
The Friends are once again the proud sponsors of Goodnow Library’s Summer Reading Programs designed and run by library staff. The Friends made possible the following:
1600 Activity Bags
Beads used to track reading progress
Children’s Virtual Yoga Programs
Free Family Trivia Nights
Weekly prizes for the Children’s winners ($5 gift certificates)
Children’s Grand Prize: Lego Building Set, $50 Gift Certificate to Learning Express and $100 Gift Card
Young Adult Department:
Weekly virtual craft supply kits
Weekly prizes for YA winners
Digital Dungeons and Dragons
Grand Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card
Weekly prizes for adult winners ($10 Gift Cards to Local Businesses)
Grand Prize: An Imagine Your Story Themed Gift Basket
Congratulations to all the winners. The Friends were pleased to provide summer enrichment for library patrons.
Virtual Book Sale
The Annual and Summer Book and Bake Sales are favorite events for the Friends. Not only do the sales raise funds, they are a wonderful way for the community to recycle and pass down wonderful books with plenty of life left in them for others to enjoy. Because of the current Covid-19 situation, we had to abruptly cancel our Spring 2020 Book Sale, and we're not certain when we will be able to resume this tradition. In the meantime, we are pivoting and trying something new! We have started weekly Virtual Pop-Up Book Sales - Click here to check it out!
Volunteer with the Friends
As the Friends embark on a new year, we would like to invite members to become more involved in the organization. Join other fun, interesting, and dedicated people in volunteering for Friends programs, events, and special projects. No long-term commitment is required; you can volunteer whatever amount of time works for you. Simply go to our website: