The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library was founded in 1990 by a group of local citizens who wanted to support the library. A set of bylaws was drawn up and the Friends applied for IRS 501(c)(3) status in December 1990; this was granted in 1992.
In 1995, Friends’ fundraising helped the library acquire information technology services including links to other Vermont libraries, and the purchase of circulation terminals and public access online terminals.
In 2007 Friends’ support allowed the Library to start presenting the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesday public lecture series.
Traditionally the Friends fundraisers, in addition to book sales three times a year, have been concerts, raffles, games, special lectures, screenings, and auctions. While most often the performance venue has been the Library, the Friends have also rented space at the American Legion, the Latchis Theater and the First Baptist Church.