P.O.Box 727; Sanbornville, Wakefield, NH 03872, USA

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About FOWL

Friends of the Wakefield Libraries, FOWL, is an organization established in 1987 to encourage understanding, appreciation and support of Wakefield's two libraries.  It serves as a medium through which friends of the libraries may become acquainted and share their enthusiasm for books and other media.  As a group, we focus on how to better serve the needs of the libraries; where some time is spent raising funds to aid the library when the needs go beyond the library budget.

The Friends meet at 12:00 on the second Wednesday of every month.  Except for the summer months of July and August, we meet in the back room of Poor People's Pub to enjoy lunch while learning about the current status of the library and its programs.


Our Libraries

The Libraries of Wakefield, NH


Gafney Library

14 High Street - PO Box 517

Sanbornville, NH 03872

Gafney Library was established through the trust of Judge Charles B. Gafney in 1925. It’s a charming space that is packed full of books, DVDs, CDs and so much more!  The library supports many programs for adults, teens and young children.


Wakefield Library

2699 Wakefield Road - PO Box 904

Sanbornville, NH 03872

The Wakefield Library in the historic district of Wakefield Corners was founded as a corporation back in 1797.  The current architectural gem was dedicated in 1903.  It continues to the present as a lending library.


Become A Friend

Become a member of Friends of the Wakefield Libraries and join our dedicated team of volunteers. With your help, we’ll be better able to support our local libraries. Check out the Membership Form - we'd love to see you at our next meeting!

Individual, Family or Supporting Membership


Upcoming Events


Next FOWL Meeting

August 8, 2018

Please consider joining us at our next meeting on Wednesday, August 8 at 12:00.  While we normally meet at Poor People's Pub , the summer months have us at different locations. For August, we will be at the Lake Forest Resort.


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Fund Raisers


Book Sale

Watch for our annual summertime book sale. Friends and community members alike donate books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and more throughout the year.  During mid-to-late August, when our storage area can't hold any more, we move, categorize and arrange all the donations to the Wakefield Opera House.  We then open the doors on Friday and Saturday for your browsing and buying pleasure!

Wreath Sale

The annual Wreath Sale starts in early-November when orders for the limited number of wreaths are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  The double-sided 24" balsam wreaths are decorated with hand made bows and pine cones.  Fragrant and fresh, the wreaths are distributed the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Place your order early! Wreaths go quickly

Art at the Gafney

Art at the Gafney was first organized in 2008 by then Exhibit Coordinator, Peter Abate, who gathered together and exhibited two pieces of artwork from various area artists at the Gafney.  One piece was for show or sale and the other was a donated piece to the library for raffle.  Over the years the annual fundraiser has been enjoyed by many.

An opening reception is held in early June, sponsored by the Friends of Wakefield Libraries.  Raffle tickets are sold during June and July with the fundraiser culminating in a closing reception where the raffle tickets are drawn and many happy art lovers walk away with an original piece of art.

Basket Raffle

Periodically through the year, Gafney Library with help from the Friends, puts together a seasonal-themed basket of goodies.  Basket is then on display for two to three month period where folks are invited to buy raffle tickets to take a chance on winning the basket.  Keep an eye on “Upcoming Events” for our next Basket Raffle.

Lilac Consignment Shop

The Lilac Consignment Shop in Sanbornville has set up a program that gives back to the community.  Clean out your closet and bring in in-season clothing or accessories such as handbags, scarves, jewelry, etc. Inform the store that you’d like Friends of the Wakefield Libraries to receive the money earned from your contribution of items. The shop has an account for the Friends and we will receive 40% of the sale.  

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support The Gafney Libary every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Gafney Library

Contact Us

P.O.Box 727; Sanbornville, Wakefield, NH 03872, USA

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