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Organizers of the annual Strawberry Festival and Book Fair which raises funds for the Nesmith Library

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Strawberry Festival 2020 Canceled

The Friends of the Library of Windham’s Strawberry Festival and Book Fair has been a part of the community for 36 years. It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the 2020 festival.  After consulting with our board, the library staff and the town safety officials, we've decided holding a gathering of this size in early June would not be a responsible decision.  We would like to thank the community for always supporting the festival and helping F.L.O.W. raise money for the Nesmith Library.  We would also like to thank the many local businesses that have sponsored the festival or donated raffles and goods.  The Friends are thinking of you during this difficult time and encourage the community to continue supporting these generous businesses.  Last but not least, we would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who have worked at the festival over the years.  The reason the festival would have been in its 37th year is that the entire community comes together for a day of books, food, entertainment, and fun!  The festival committee and F.L.O.W. board are brainstorming on ways to commemorate this special day and all it means to the community so be on the lookout for further announcements! Stay safe and well, friends.

Build-a-Buddy Family Fun Day

Click HERE to view photos from this event.

Volunteers Needed!

Did you and your family enjoy making holiday crafts, the Strawberry Festival, and Summer Reading Program at the Nesmith? All of these events and more are sponsored by F.L.O.W. Find out how you can get involved and make a difference in our community.  Many hands make light work.  Even if you only have an hour or two to spare each month, every bit helps! This year, there are a number of committee volunteer roles open. No role is overly time consuming on its own, but we need more volunteers to spread the work around. Some of our key areas of need are Treasurer, Publicity, and Strawberry Festival Planning Committee Members. Please consider volunteering to be a part of this great team.
Stop by our Open House on Monday, September 23rd at 6:30pm at the Nesmith Library (multi-purpose room) to learn more. 
Can't make it??? Contact for more info. Thank you for your continued

New Materials E-Newsletter

Click here to sign up for our free New Materials e-Newsletter featuring new books, movies and music from the Nesmith Library! Each week, you will receive an email featuring items newly added to our catalog. When you see something of interest, you'll be able to click through our catalog and place a hold on the items with your library card.

Get Involved

The Friends of the Library are looking for volunteers to fill positions on our various committees.  We have the following openings and would love to match your talents to our needs!  

  • Strawberry Festival

  • Book Fair

  • Scholastic Grants

  • Holiday Crafts

  • Publicity

We're also looking for a treasurer to join our Executive Committee.  If you would like additional information, please email

Thank You, Enterprise Bank!

A huge thank you to Windham Enterprise Bank for their generous Strawberry Level donation!

Thank You, Medicus!

A berry big thank you to Medicus for their support through a Strawberry Level sponsorship!

Sylvie Brikiatis Named Nesmith Library Director

          After a lengthy and comprehensive search, Nesmith Library assistant director, Sylvie Brikiatis, has been officially named as the library’s new director. She assumes that position vacated at the end of 2018 by longtime director Carl Heidenblad, who retired.

          “I am very pleased to make this announcement. In a search that spanned the state and New England region, it was clear that Sylvie is the best person to fill this important position, and the board is confident that she will serve the library, the town, and its residents well,” said Tara Picciano, outgoing chair of the Windham Nesmith Library Board of Trustees. “She has exceptional knowledge of the inner workings of a library, forward-thinking vision, and the expertise to serve as director. We are confident in our selection and look forward to working with her well into the future.”
Since Heidenblad’s departure, Brikiatis has been serving as interim director. Since January 2016, she has been assistant director, where she gained firsthand knowledge pertaining to the running of Nesmith Library, by assisting with the overall operation, including financial planning and oversight; helping to manage staff training, development, and planning; and working with the town on behalf of the library. While assistant director, she also retained the position/duties of young adult librarian, developing and implement teen programming and services, including the organizing and overseeing the Teen Advisory Group; providing support to teens for school assignments in the form of book groups and SAT practice tests; and implementing a homework help program; and more.

In addition, Brikiatis has been an active leader within the state library system. She has chaired the teen group within GMILCS, a consortium of New Hampshire public and academic libraries; served as president of the Young Adult section of the New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA); created a statewide spelling bee for home-schooled students; and had the honor of serving as president of NHLA. She also completed NELLS (New England Library Leadership Symposium), a selective and intensive training program for which only a few librarians from each state are nominated to attend.
          Prior to her positions at the Nesmith Library, Brikiatis worked as a substitute librarian in Plaistow, as well as a substitute teacher in the Windham School District and as a library volunteer at the Windham Center School, among other employment. In 2011, she received her Master of Library Science from Southern Connecticut University. Prior, she earned a BA in French literature at the University of Maine and a Certificat de la Lanque Francaise at the University of Paris – Sorbonne.

          “I am so pleased to be continuing my work here at the library,” Brikiatis said. “I welcome residents to stop by, say hello, and have a chat about how the library can positively impact the community going forward.”

Membership Renewals

This year to help keep your Friends of the Library membership active, we'll be sending out electronic invoices through QuickBooks.  The current members will find the invoices in their email inbox.  If it's not there, please check your "spam" or "junk" folders.


In an effort to streamline our processes, we're asking that all Friends of the Library renew their memberships in September/October which is in line with our tax year and our programming year (September-June).  This change will also put all of our programs, events, etc in one membership year without having mid-year registration.


As announced in January, we've changed our membership levels to make them more descriptive.


  • Benefactor  $100+

  • Patron          $50

  • Family          $35  Family is defined as a home with two or more individuals living at one address

  • Individual     $25  Anyone over the age of 18

  • Senior           $10  Reduced fee for our community members 65+ years old.  This fee is per person.


If you have any questions, please email FLOW@ or come to our next meeting.

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