Behind the Scenes at the Annual Book Sale

When my children and I arrived, the Community Room looked empty, except for the wooden signs we had assembled and the tables.

Meanwhile, upstairs in the Friends’ organizational lair, the room was really, really full.

But the boxes the books were sorted in were labeled, so we just had to load carts,

take the elevator downstairs (My 6 year-old appreciated getting to ride up to the 4th floor; it takes a special key.  She even got a tour of the technical services office.), and then put the book boxes on the sale tables.

We had to re-arrange the signs on the tables to reflect the number of books we had in each category.

By the time we left, the upstairs room looked almost empty.

And the downstairs room looked filled-to-overflowing.

My kids and I felt very happy to be contributing to the Friends. We slept well that night from all the exercise. But best of all, we got to pick out our purchases before the other shoppers arrived.

What do the Friends do with your donated books?

When donations come in, they are taken up to the fourth floor to the sorting room, where they are sorted into labeled boxes by genre.

The newest, seasonally-appropriate books are immediately put on display for sale in the Book Nook.

Duplicate books are sent to Better World Books, who in turn pay a flat rate to the Friends of Attleboro Public Library. The rest of the books are sold at the Friends’ Annual Book Sale.

What do the Friends do with the funds?

Support and fund the Attleboro Public Library.


Donating to the Friends Through Amazon Smile

Amazon is willing to donate up to 0.5% of your purchases to a charity of your choice.  Here’s how to choose Friends of Attleboro Public Library:

When you are shopping, go to, instead of Sign in and shop as usual.  If your purchase is ineligible (for instance a subscription), you will be alerted, and you can switch back to regular

In the lower right corner, you can type Friends of Attleboro Public Library in the search box labeled “Or pick your own charitable organization:”

Once you hit enter, you will have a choice of Friends of Attleboro Public Library, choose that yellow box.

And that’s all there is to it!  Thank you for supporting The Friends of Attleboro Public Library.

Staff Spotlight: Amy Rhilinger


In September 2013, Library employee Amy Rhilinger took on the role of Assistant Director at the Attleboro Public Library. Even though she has worked at the Library for 12 years (a lifetime for some patrons she sees each week), she says she is still learning something new every single day.

While serving as the Assistant Children’s Librarian and Coordinator of Young Adult Services, Amy created craft programs, writing workshops and book clubs for middle school students. As Assistant Director, Amy strives to bring her creative approach and focus on customer service to library visitors of all ages. This also means that there are more opportunities for her to get out of the building and to sing the praises of the library and its staff and resources to people who may not yet know about all our Library has to offer.

Amy is currently working on the Community Languages grant awarded to the Library in the fall. She is partnering with Spanish, Cambodian, Portuguese and Arabic speaking members of our community to bring even better services to non-native English speakers. Amy’s greatest wish is for people to realize that our city’s library truly is for EVERYONE.

Cambodian New Year at Attleboro Public Library!


Join us on Thursday, April 24th from 5pm to 8pm for a multi-media celebration of Cambodia, right here in Attleboro! Events will include activities for children, art and cultural displays, classical Khmer music, a video presentation depicting the lives of Attleboro’s Cambodian culture and a sacred blessing performed by Wat Thormikaram Buddist monks. This event is brought to Attleboro through the generosity of our Cambodian community as well as with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This event is free and open to the public!!

Library Friends’ Book Sale May 10th!


For those of you who have been enjoying the sampling of book donations available in the library Book Nook, mark your calendar for the annual Library Friends Book Sale – Saturday, May 10th from 9am to 2pm.

We will be filling the Balfour Community Room and Guillette Activity Room with hundreds of new and gently used
items for children, young adults, and adults. In addition to finding a great new read for yourself or your loved ones, your purchases at the book sale go right back into the library you love through library events, museum passes, and many other library services supported and funded by the Friends.

And if you’re interested in volunteering at the Book Sale, please
contact Joanne Stevenson at jmzst25 (at) gmail (dot) com. She will be
looking for help both Friday May 9th and Saturday May 10th.
Thank you!

Take a break at the Puzzle Table!

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Looking to unwind in between study sessions or find a new get together spot for your and your friends? Stop by the magazine room on the second floor and spend a few minutes (or longer) at the APL Friends puzzle table!

Friends Members Keith and Jackie Kawate have donated the puzzles, and the whole library community is invited to participate. The 1000-piece puzzle of Boston pictured here was completed in just two weeks by library patrons! So stop by, relax, and see what we’re putting together this week. You could be the one to find the final piece to the puzzle!!

Friends’ Annual Meeting with author Ted Reinstein!


Our 2014 Annual Meeting will be held on
Wednesday, June 4th from 7pm-9pm,
featuring a presentation by journalist and
author Ted Reinstein. Mr. Reinstein is an
award-winning reporter for WCVB Boston’s
“Chronicle,” the nation’s longest-running
nightly TV news magazine. He will be
presenting stories and photos featured in his
first book, “New England Notebook: One
Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories,”
highlighting, as Ted puts it, “the best of the
best – my all-time most favorite people and places in New
England.” Following the talk, Mr. Reinstein will take questions
from the audience. At the conclusion of the Q&A session books
will be on sale, and he will be happy to personally sign copies. To
join us for this free event, call the library at 508-222-0157 or register online

Providence Children’s Museum

The Friends of Attleboro Public Library are pleased to announce that they have funded a pass to the Providence Children’s Museum!  

Click here to reserve a pass to this or another museum / attraction offered by the library
or call the library at 508-222-0157 for details and assistance.

Every year, the Friends of Attleboro Public Library sponsors a number of passes to local museums and attractions that can be reserved by adult library cardholders.

There is no cost in reserving a pass, which provides patrons discount admission to a variety of locations including parks, museums, the PawSox and historic sites.

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