Friends of Starr Library


Who We Are

For more than 50 years, Friends of Starr Library have made it our mission to support the library and, in particular, the library’s service to the community. Annually, the Friends raise over $25,000 for such projects as:

  • The purchase of new books
  • Digital media
  • The Summer Reading Program
  • Computers
  • Technical assistance
  • Large-print books
  • Free museum passes
  • Our community water cooler
  • Plus a host of other benefits to the library

How We Raise Funds

The Friends will hold three book sales in 2024:  April 26-27, July 26-27, and October 25-26, all during library hours. At these book sales, the following items are sold:

  • Hardcover books
  • Trade paperback books
  • Books on CD
  • DVDs
  • Artwork (paintings, drawings & prints)

The Friends accept donations of recent fiction and nonfiction, classics, vintage books, art books, and local interest titles. Audio CDs and DVDs are also accepted. Items donated must be in good condition. The Friends DO NOT ACCEPT textbooks, condensed books, encyclopedias, magazines, videotapes, or audio cassettes.

Man browsing bookshelves

How to Donate

We are not currently accepting book donations. Check the website and program calendar for further updates.

In general, we accept book donations on Sunday mornings from 10am-12pm and Wednesdays from 12-2pm. Limit of 5 boxes. Please do not leave donations outside or bring them at other times. 

When We Meet

The Friends of the Starr Library meet every other month in the Mary H. Frazer Room on the lower level of the library to plan book sales and discuss how the library’s needs can be met. Community members are invited to join these meetings. 

Upcoming 2024 Meeting Dates (all meetings at 1pm):

  • July 17
  • September 18
  • November 20

2025 Meeting Dates

  • January 14
  • March 19
  • May 21

How to Join the Friends

Membership in the Friends of Starr Library is the lifeblood of our organization. We have membership levels to fit every budget, outlined below:

  • Basic Membership – $10
  • Reader’s Circle – $50
  • Director’s Circle – $100
  • Starr Circle – $150
  • Patron Circle – $250
  • Best Friends – $500+

You may drop off your check (made payable to Friends of Starr Library) at the circulation desk of the library (where you can also pay by credit card) or mail your check to the library at the address below:

Starr Library
68 West Market Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

The Friends are so grateful for your support!

Stack of books
Woman reading a book

How to Volunteer

If you love books, the Friends are always looking for assistance to help sort books, set up, or volunteer to help run our book sales. If interested, please send an email to

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