Friends of the Library

2017 Program

February 16th, 2017 – So Many Books, So Little Time
Baldwinsville Librarians will share their reading recommendations, highlighting what they consider some of the great, but not so famous, titles.  They will also highlight some resources that will help you decide what to read next and find new authors.

March 16th, 2017 – Securing The Right To Vote
Renee-Notelle Felice, a living historian who portrays suffragist Matilda-Joslyn Gage, will talk about her experiences in bringing suffrage to the country.  2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of suffrage in New York State.  Come hear how Mrs. Gage and her famous colleagues worked diligently to make sure women would have the right to vote.

April 20th, 2017 – Radisson Revisited
Historian for the Town of Lysander and Local History Librarian Bonnie Kisselstein will do an encore presentation about the munitions works that were once located on what is now known as Radisson.  Since she first did the program years ago, she has acquired additional sources of information about the Baldwinsville connection to the WWII efforts.

May 18th, 2017 – Baldwinsville’s Female Charitable
As the third oldest continuous female charitable organization in the United States, Baldwinsville’s Female Charitable Society is proud to celebrate it’s Bi-Centennial in 2017.  Board member Sue McManus will provide an interesting overview of the organization that serves the community while keeping touch with its 200-year-old tradition.

September 21st, 2017 – Cuba: Its History, Arts, Culture
Martha Lanctot, photographer and traveller, will share her photos and insights into the history, arts and culture of Cuba’s people.  Her Photography Exhibition of her travels in Cuba will be on display in August 2017 in the Baldwinsville Library

October 19th, 2017 – Haunted Locations of Central New York
Caroline Lamie, Fort Ontario employee and ghost hunter, will present a spirited program which will explore haunted locations in Central New York.

November 16th, 2017 – Holiday Food Made Easy
Kitchen Coach Mary Marks, owner of Kool Mama’s Kitchen, will show us how to prepare easy dishes worthy of the holidays.



The Baldwinsville Free Library was established in January 1948. It opened its doors at the site of the Syracuse-Oswego Trolley Station on East Genesee Street with 1000 volumes. The Travelers Club, a study group active in the Baldwinsville area since 1896, pioneered the organization of the new library. In 1956, the library moved to a renovated house on Charlotte Street.

In 1953, The Friends of the Baldwinsville Public Library was organized. The purpose of Friends is to support the library financially and to focus attention on the services that the library provides the community. Over the years, Friends of the Library has sponsored fund raising projects such as book clubs, coffee hour book reviews, membership teas, concerts, bake sales and a yearly program of speakers. All proceeds from these events are given to the library to purchase furnishings, reference books, computers and other equipment.

In 1974, the residents of the school district approved the establishment of the Baldwinsville Public Library as a tax supported institution.

In 1976, voters approved the purchase of the building at 43 Oswego Street. Friends refurbished the staff room and public meeting room as well as provided a wall mural by Jeane Custin, then President of the organization.

In 1993, voters approved the construction of Baldwinsville’s first facility designed specifically for library use. The community room kitchen was furnished with funds raised by the Friends.  The new building at 33 East Genesee Street was inaugurated in October1995. In 2010 the new library building celebrated its 15th anniversary.

In 2004, The Friends of the Baldwinsville Public Library was incorporated with a slight change in name to Friends of Baldwinsville Public Library, Inc.

In 2005 Friends became a registered not-for-profit organization. Faithful to its original purpose, the organization continues to provide support for the library and its services.

For additional information about the Friends of the Baldwinsville Public Library contact the library at 315-635-5631 or mail to:


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