The Friends of the Westerly Public Library and Wilcox Park have been the fundraising and volunteering champions since 1972. They are best known for holding the annual book fair in June when over 30,000 books are stretched across the gym at the YMCA. All proceeds from this sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the Library
They also sponsor special programs on art, history, music, and readings by renowned authors. In 2005, they established the Friends Endowment Fund with the interest going towards the operating costs of the Library and Park.