Friends of the Library

This is a special sale due to a large donation of art and philosophy books. Please bring your own boxes if needed. Cash, credit and checks as form of payment will be accepted. Due to the size of the facility, no stockpiling will be allowed. Sale will open at 9 AM. Please be courteous to all shoppers. Questions can  be addressed to

LOOKING FOR FICTION?? Check out our upcoming BOOK SALES
Spring Sale

May 12th – 13th (Friday and Saturday) – Children’s books and Adults fiction (ONLY)

Location: in our warehouse at 59 School Ground Road Unit 4 (River Run Plaza)

Time: Friday, Noon – 6 pm; Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm

Fall Sale

September 14th – 17th (Thursday – Sunday)

Location: under the tent on the Branford Green

Virtual Book Cart

The Virtual Book Cart is back! It is an easy way to obtain lightly used books, mostly 2022-2023 publications– in both hardcover and trade paperback format, at great prices ($4 for hardcover and $3 for trade paperback). Shop now before the book sale!

Browsing and purchasing is as easy as 1-2-3!
  1. Click Friends Virtual Book Cart to browse the books we currently have for sale. You can search by author or title. We will be adding books frequently, so check our inventory often.
  2. See something you would like to buy? Send us an email at We will reply to let you know if the books are available, the total cost, and when the books will be available for pick up. Payment must be exact change or by check made payable to Friends of the Blackstone Library (FJBML).
  3. Pick up the books at the circulation desk at the Blackstone Library (back entrance). Just stop at the Circulation Desk and inform them you have a Virtual Book Cart pickup. You can pick-up anytime the library is open.

Quantities of a specific title are limited, so books will be made available to the first person making the request. Books will need to be picked up within a week. After a week, they will be returned to inventory. Questions, or if you want to be included in our email mailing list, please send us an email at

We would like to hear from you!
If you have comments or questions, please send an email to We would be happy to hear from you.

About the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library

The Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library was founded in 1998 is a 501c3 charity supporting the Blackstone library through a variety of fundraising activities including an annual book sale, online book sales and other activities. Currently we have several hundred members and approximately 50 year-round volunteers. All money raised through various fund-raisers minus operating expenses is donated to the library. The Library director attends all Friends Board Meetings and prioritizes funding requests. Friends sponsor lectures and programs and provide funds for special programming, particularly for the Youth Services Department, as well as funds for the purchase of equipment for the library, museum passes, movies, concerts, furniture, and plantings for the library grounds. Friends donated over $50,000 to the library in fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.

Check out the latest Marble Columns (Friends Newsletter)

Marble Columns

Summer 2022  |  Fall 2022Late Fall 2022 | Winter 2023

If you have a question for the Friends, please email us at Like us on Facebook!

Officers (2022-2023)

  • President, Barbara Barrett
  • Vice President, Carrie Lakin
  • Secretary, Linda Milici
  • Treasurer, Jonathan Grande


Leslie Becker        Sandra Brockett
Ann Davis            Joe Genua
Jane Kenealy       Andy McKirdy
John Smith          Jill Thomas

Bylaws  (Approved May 17, 2022)

How you can support Friends:

Buy an Annual Membership:  Memberships start as low as $10 for seniors and students, individuals are $15, etc.  A Membership helps us to support the Library.  As a member you receive quarterly Marble Columns mailing as well as exclusive early access to the Fall Book Sale.  Scroll down to join or donate!

Become a Volunteer

In addition to volunteering at our annual book sale, we have many volunteer opportunities all year round. If you are interested in helping us, please email to

Supporting Friends

Membership Levels

Seniors (60+) and students: $10
Individual: $15
Family: $20
Sustaining: $25
Benefactor: $50
Best Friend: $100

Join now by selecting your desired Membership Level and then pay via PayPal or a credit card on the Pay Now button.

Membership Levels

If you would like to make a donation to the Friends, please click on the link below: