The mission of Friends of the Library (FOL) is to promote literacy and the love of reading in our community and to support the Chadwick libraries.

The FOL sponsors a range of exciting events and activities, including a full week of Book Fair activities in November, hosting visits from award-winning authors, community service book drives, parent assistant to librarians (PALS), and donation-acquisition program to classrooms. Each year, FOL adds more than 100 books to the Village Library's collections through their popular Birthday Book program.

Friends of the Library

Equip. Engage. Encourage.

We EQUIP the library with valuable resources and support like books, enrichment materials and volunteers.

  • PALS (Parent Assistant to the Librarians)
  • Birthday Books
  • Donations & Acquisitions
  • Co-Curricular Enrichment

We ENGAGE Chadwick students, faculty, staff and parents in activities that promote literacy and the love of reading.

  • Visiting Authors
  • Book Talks
  • Book Clubs
  • Maker's Workshops

We ENCOURAGE a stronger sense of community by bringing students, staff, parents and others together to celebrate our shared love of learning.

  • Book Fair/Festival
  • Book Fair Faculty Reception
  • Community Service Book Drives

Students often cite their memories of PALs library time with their parents as one of the highlights of their time at Chadwick!

Parent Assistant to the Librarians (PALs)

If your child is in grades K-4, you have the opportunity to assist as a PAL (Parent Assistant to the Librarians) in the Village Library during your child’s weekly library time for approximately 90 minutes. PAL responsibilities include shelving books, helping students select books, and assisting the Village librarian with processing books, shelf reading and other library procedures

Birthday Books

FOL's Birthday Book Program lets you honor a child on his/her birthday by donating a book to the Village Library. This is a wonderful way to honor your own child or to give a gift to another student. The child's name will be written in the bookplate and he or she will be the first to check out their special book on their special day.

Join FOL and volunteer with us!

The greatest benefit of membership in Friends of the Library is the joy that comes from fostering a love of reading in the Chadwick Community. Membership is open to all Chadwick faculty, staff, parents, family, friends and alumni. 

We welcome your support and fun jobs are available for every schedule. To learn more about joining and volunteering with us, please email