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Richard J. Connor Award

Each Spring, the Friends of the Sandwich Public Library sponsors the Richard J. Connor Award in the amount of $2,500. The award will go to a graduating senior residing in Sandwich, regardless of where he or she goes to school, and who is continuing his or her education as a full-time student at a fully accredited institution. Home schooled students are eligible to apply. This award honors the Library's former director, Richard J. Connor, and our intent is to provide financial assistance towards the purchase of the recipient's textbooks for his/her continuing education. In the Spring, applications will be available to download and print, or picked up at your school's guidance office and at the Sandwich Public Library. Students are required to submit a typed essay, along with their completed application.

2021 Award Winner

Parker Hunt

Parker Hunt Richard J Connor 2021

Attended Sandwich High School

Attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Past Award Winners


Jacob Swenson

2020 Richard Connor

Attended Sandwich High School

Attending George Washington University - Honors College

Major - Political Science and Economics



Joseph Rotonda

2019 Richard Connor

Attended Upper Cape Regional Technical High School

Attending University of Oklahoma

Major - College of Atmospheric and Geologic Sciences



Caroline Breen

Attended Sandwich High School

Attending Curry College

Major - Nursing

Matthew Aguiar

Stugis Charter School

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Major - Computer Engineering

2018 Richard Connor

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Who We Are:

Individuals, families, organizations and businesses who share an understanding of the unique role our public library serves in our community & are dedicated to supporting the SPL.


The Friends of the Sandwich Public Library Board of Directors:

President – Tammy McDevitt

Vice President – Pat McKean

Treasurer – Marian Gurney

Secretary – Diane Ranney

Alice Baker

Gail FitzGerald

Jeanne Kleinberg

Joan Margeson

Lynn McDonald

Becky Milburn

Antonia Solitro

Heather Kissel Walsh

Gail Ravetz

Kristin Sareault

Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the library.

The meetings begin promptly at 10 a.m. and are open to the public.


What We Do:

We work closely with your beloved Librarians & Staff - providing over $50,000 annually to ensure they can implement the enriching programs and activities they work so hard to create for our entire community to enjoy.

Sometimes we fully fund the cost of a program/event and other times we provide the supplies, materials, music and/or snacks, but it’s the Friends’ financial support that makes these activities possible. In addition, we fund copiers, printers, furnishings, & devices available on loan or for use within our walls.

Our Programs:

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Our newsletters are sent out via email.

If you would like to receive the newsletter, please send your email address to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be added to our email list.


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2020 Newsletters (Click to view)





friends logoThe Friends of the Sandwich Public Library is an all-volunteer non-profit group of individuals, families, organizations, and businesses who share an appreciation for the resources and services of the Library, and who support, enhance and stimulate the use of them.


Yearly membership runs from October 1 through September 30 of the following year.
Annual membership is $30.

Join the Friends or renew your membership using Paypal or your credit card: 

Or download a form and mail it to FSPL P.O. Box 490 East Sandwich, MA 02537.

All contributions are tax deductible.

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Book Sale and Book Donation Guidelines

The Friends Book Sale Room "Pick of the Literature" is now open Saturdays from 10 am to 3:30 pm. 

For sale are gently used and new books, puzzles, SPL book bags and SPL coffee mugs. Your purchase helps support your public library. 

Donations are accepted between the hours of 10 and noon on Tuesdays,Fridays and Saturdays only. Limit of 20 items. Donations must be brought to the Friends Book Sale Room on the lower level where volunteers will review them.

Limit of 20 books/puzzle per donation - The Book Sale DOES NOT accept Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Readers' Digest Condensed Books, CDs or DVDs

Please do not donate books that are moldy or damaged. The Friends reserve the right to refuse the donation.


Shop Amazon and Support the Friends of the Library
 AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Friends of the Library every time you shop, at no cost to you. Shop at, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Friends to help them fund programs, story hours, museum passes and special events. Click HERE or when you shop Amazon just select the Friends of the Sandwich Public Library as your organization of choice. 

Attend a Board Meeting

 Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the library. The meetings begin promptly at 10 a.m. and are open to the public.



 Volunteers are accepted and appreciated to help support the many Friends activities. We have many opportunities -  book sales, bake sales, assistance with programs/events, fund-raising, etc. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know of your interests and availability to volunteer for the Friends.
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 To receive updates from the Friends regarding library programs and activities, and to receive our e-newsletter, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Membership fees and other monies raised by the Friends are used to sponsor and support programs, projects, and other library resources.

Please see the Who We Are/What We Do page for details.


Thank you for supporting the

Friends of the Sandwich Public Library.


Hours & Contact Info

Sandwich Public Library
142 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
Tel.  (508) 888-0625


Library Hours:

Tuesday - Thursday ~
9:30 am to 8:30 pm

Friday - Saturday ~
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday - Monday ~


Upcoming Events 

Virtual Author Series 

Jeffrey Archer
Sat. 10/23 2:00pm

Jeffrey Archer Author Talk



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