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
  • 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 hold five book sales every year that generally take place in April, August, October, and December. At these book sales, the following items are sold:

  • Hardcover books
  • Trade paperback books
  • Music CDs
  • 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.

How to Donate

The Friends accept donations of the materials described above, except in the weeks leading up to each sale. You may bring donations to the circulation desk or, if you have a large volume of materials, give us a call ahead of time so we can meet you at the downstairs entrance and load them into the lower level of the building.    

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.

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:

  • Friend of the Library – $10
  • Reader Circle – $25
  • Patron Circle – $50
  • Advocate Circle – $75
  • Director’s Circle – $100
  • Starr Circle – $150
  • 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!

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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