Friends of Waverley Library (FOWL)

Who are the Friends?
What do the Friends do?
How do I join the Friends?
How are the friends governed?
Contact FOWL

Who are the Friends?

FOWL members come from all walks of life. Some are new to the area and some have lived here for years… but they all share the same passion for Waverley Library, literature and serving the community. Why not join today!


What do the Friends do? 

Since starting in 1993 FOWL volunteers have helped set up library collections, bought artworks, lobbied and contributed towards computers for the children’s and adult libraries and subsidised many wonderful cultural functions for library patrons. Recently, the Friends funded new audio visual equiment for the Chidren's Activity Room.

In 1999 our new library, which is one of Sydney’s biggest municipal libraries, opened its doors, thanks to the Friends actively lobbying Council to invest in a purpose-built library.

FOWL has contributed generously to The Nib Literary Award for Literature over a number of years. They hold regular book sales and a major annual book sale, host concerts, author talks, special members-only events and contributes to the Waverley Library’s school holiday program and other library events.

The Friends have their own FOWL Book Club,  which meets monthly as well as a Poetry Group. It also host Waverley Writers of FOWL (blog:, a writers’ feedback group that meets at the library on the third Sunday of the month.

FOWL also distributes a regular newsletter (FOWL Deeds) to their members.

The Friends are constantly planning new initiatives and community projects to support the Waverley Library. Why not join today?


How do I join the Friends?

To make friends at Waverley Library and join in a variety of interesting and fun activities throughout the year, complete the membership form, and hand it in to any of the library staff members on duty.

Membership will give you:

  • Fifteen free reservation vouchers per year
  • 10% discount at selected bookshops
  • Subscription to the FOWL Deeds Newsletter
  • Concession rate at FOWL-sponsored events
  • Advance notice of events in the Library
  • Rights to vote at the AGM and eligibility for nomination to the committee
  • FOWL Freebie vouchers per member per year, enabling free attendance at up to four FOWL-sponsored Library events up to the cost of $25.

Membership costs $15 ($10 conc.) per year. Discounted rates available for families and groups.


How are the Friends governed?

The Friends have a Constitution. Each year a committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The committee consists of a presidents, vice president, secretary, treasurer, literary award representative and general committee members. Any member of FOWL is allowed to nominate to join the committee.

The 2017 Committee members are:

  • President: Marie Curtis
  • Vice President: Peter Quartly
  • Secretary: Lyn Cameron
  • FOWL Deeds Editor: Yvonne Calder
  • Citizenship Ceremonies Representative: David Jeffrey
  • Committee Members: Maureen Clynch, Barbara Gear, David Jeffrey, Stephanie Richards, Susan Beinart


Contact FOWL

President: Marie Curtis
Phone: 02 9371 6445

Secretary: Lyn Cameron
Phone: 02 9389 8981