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Another Sale in the Books! A Thank You From the DFPL

The Desmond Fish Public Library Board and staff and the Friends of the Library extend appreciation and gratitude to all who contributed to the success of our annual Friends Book Sale, especially the more than 50 volunteers who helped by setting up shelves, unpacking books, sorting categories, working during the sale, and packing up what books were left at the end,

A long-time DFPL tradition, the Book Sale offered over 35,000 books this year, and generated close to $18,000 to support the Library. The proceeds will be used to add to the Library’s collections, support programs such as the New Parents Group and Pumpkin Glow, and contribute to the development of a new nature play area for children.

Interested in joining the Friends of the Library and helping out with next year’s sale?

Find out more information and join here!

Community Conversations and Name Review Process

The trustees of the Library have voted to begin the next phase of a long-term response effort regarding the allegations recently made public about Hamilton Fish III, who with Alice Curtis Desmond founded the Library. This next phase will be a name review, including community conversations, and an examination of restorative justice options.

A survey regarding the Library name and future steps is forthcoming.

More information about our response to Hamilton Fish III is available on this page. There you can see a timeline of our work, learn about our Name Review Working Group, read more about Hamilton Fish III as well as the history of antisemitism, and explore related programming, including Community Reads and a recording of Dr. Anthony Troncone’s talk on Hamilton Fish III from July 8th