The Friends of the Hamlin Public Library are a non-profit, tax deductible volunteer organization that provides financial support for the Hamlin Public Library.

The Friends of the Hamlin Public Library provides support to the Library in a variety of forms:

  • Book Sales
  • Fund Raising Events
  • Advocates for the Library to elected officials
  • Financial support for the Summer reading Program
  • Financial support including items such as the purchase of our circulation counter, the teen and adult area seating, multiple programs, and the meeting room renovation

What are different ways someone can support the Friends of the Library?

  • Become a member to assist the Hamlin Public Library with it’s continued goal to support the Hamlin community.
  • Volunteer to participate in our fundraisers.
  • Join in Friends of the Library meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 4:00pm at the library. It’s a great time to offer your support and ideas. There are no meetings held in May, July and December.

Click here for a link to information on how to join the Friends of the Library

Please contact Wilma Matsko at for more information about volunteer opportunities supporting the Library.




Businesses that support The Friends of the Library

Both of these businesses are Lifetime Supporters!

Would your business or organization like to help support The Friend of the Library?  If so please contact Wilma Matsko at  it would be greatly appreciated. 

New Arrivals

Adult Nonfiction

Grateful American

As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock ‘n’ roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purpose–or so it seemed. 

The military community’s embrace of the character of the disabled veteran he portrayed in Forest Gump,was matched only by the depth of Gary’s realization that America’s defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary’s mission. While starring in hits like Apollo 13RansomTrumanGeorge WallaceCSI:NY, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

Grateful American is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.

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Only Astrology Book You Will Every Need Joanne Woolfolk
Chart Interpretation Handbook Stephen Arroyo
Mostly Sunny Janice Dean
Eat toto beat Disease William Li
Hormone Fix Anna Cabeca
G.H. Simple Organizing Wisdom Laurie Jennings
How to Know Birds Ted Flody
Radical Kinfness Angel Santomero
Someday is Not a day in the Week Sam Horn
See You in the Piazza Frances Mayes
Eat, Libe< Thrive Diet Danna Demetre
Hungry Girl Simple 6 Lisa Lillen
52 Small Changes For Your Family Brett Blumenthal
Fodor’s Alaska Fodor
Montessori Toddler Simone Davies
Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault Cathy Guisewite
Riding the Elephant Craig Ferguson
On Streisand Ethan Mordden
Ray Bodger Vanleuven
Dreyer’s English Benjamire Dreyer
Solitary Albert Woodfox
Inspired Hosueplant Jen Sterns
Sprout Lands William Logan
Vietnamese Food Any Day Andrea Nguyen
Native Amercian Landmarks and Festivals Yvonne Dennis
Heartland Sarah Smarsh
Grateful American Gary Sinese
Adult Fiction

The Island of Sea Women


Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.


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Title Author   Release Date
The 13 Minute Murder James  Patterson 4/16/2019
The 18th Abduction James  Patterson 4/29/2019
The A List J. A. Jance 4/2/2019
The Better Sister Alafair Burke 4/16/2019
Courting Mr. Lincoln Louis Bayard 4/23/2019
The Editor Steven Rowley 4/2/2019
The Invited Jennifer McMahon 4/30/2019
Little Darlings Melanie  Golding 4/30/2019
Lost Roses Martha Hall Kelly 4/9/2019
Machines Like Me Ian McEwan 4/23/2019
Metropolis Philip Kerr 4/9/2019
Miracle Creek Angie Kim 4/16/2019
The Mother-in-Law Sally Hempworth 4/23/2019
Neon prey John  sanford 4/23/2019
Normal People Sally Rooney 4/16/2019
The Patient One Shelly Shepard  Gray 4/9/2016
The Tinderbox Beverly Lewis 4/2/2019
Under the Table Stephanie Evanovich 4/16/2019
The View from Alameda Island Robyn Carr 4/30/2019

Superman Dawnbreakers

When the dawn breaks, a hero rises.

Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger–better–than everyone around him. But it’s not like he’s earned his powers . . . yet. Lately it’s difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and learns that people are disappearing from the Mexican-American and undocumented worker community in Smallville. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, Clark discovers that before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.

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Teen and Tweens
The 104-Story Treehouse Andy Griffiths
Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon John August
Rise of the Dragons Angie Sage
Apollo 11 Moon Landing Thomas Adamson
Bats Falynn Koch
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do Kathryn Heling
Coral Reefs Maris Wicks
Helpers in Your Neighborhood Shira Evans
Mar Exploration Rovers Steve Kortenkamp
Series Books  
Breaking the Piggy Bank Martha Maker
Rapunzel Michele Jakubowski
Sleeping Beauty Jessica Gunderson
To Many Cats! Lisa Ann Scott
What is the Stanley Cup? Gail Herman
Who is Michael Jordan Kirsten Anderson
Who was H. J. Heinz Michael Burgan
Who was Newton? Janet B. Pascal
Who was Neil Armstrong? Roberta Edwards
Who was Susan B. Anthony? Pamela Pollack

The Wonky Donkey

Click the link above to watch the hilariously fun video of a grandma reading the “Wonky Donkey” book to her grandchild

Kids will love this cumulative and hysterical read-aloud!”I was walking down the road and I saw . . .
A donkey,
Hee Haw!
And he only had three legs!
He was a wonky donkey.”

Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect read-aloud tale of an endearing donkey. By the book’s final page, readers end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky donkey!

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Picture Books  
Chicken talk Patricia MacLachlan
From Tree to Sea Shelley Moore Thomas
Good Boy Sergio Ruzzier
How to give your Cat a Bath Nicola Winstanley
In the Quiet Noisy Woods Michael Rosen
Say Something! Peter Hamilton Reynolds
Sheep Dog Eric Barclay
What a Cold Needs Barbara Botner
What If…? Then We… Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Board Books  
Spring Babies Kathryn Galbraith
Summer Babies Kathryn Galbraith
Super Pooper and whiz Kid Potty Power Eunice Moyle
Winter babies Kathryn Galbraith
Love and Friendship

The Mule

Gritty. Real. Real gritty.
Once again, Eastwood stars and directs a film about an aging Korean War veteran, Earl Stone, who continues to take pleasure in his lifetime past times, beautiful women, alcohol, and…….flowers (?).
Now in his nineties, with lingering guilt about neglect and abuse placed on certain family members, he tries to cling to the things he knows & loves: flowers. Offered a “driving” job, Earl finds himself in the modern age of cell phones, texting, & GPS.
Earl is now a drug runner, he knows what he is into, and uses his “gobs ‘o money” to get his house out of foreclosure, finance improvments to his VFW, and pay for other, a-hem, pleasures.
 Very little. The film is really about family, personal honor, integrity, and doing the right thing, even after doing wrong.

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Adult DVD’s

All of My Heart – The Wedding
Becoming Astrid
Being Rose
Ben is Back
Christmas with Tucker
Death Kiss
The Favorite
Grand-daddy Day Care
Last of the Mohicans
Love on Safari
My Dinner With Herve
Once Upon a Prince
Second Act
Signed Sealed Delivered-Home Again
Speed kills
Tea With The Dames
What They Had
Winter’s Dream

Children’s DVD’s

Bubble Gum Fairies-Valentines Day Party
Capt Maya and The Space Explores
Groundhog Dave
Leprechaun tales
My Hero Academia Two
Paw Patrol-Mighty Pups
PBS Kids-20 Incredible Tales
Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse
Stan and Ollie


This is just a small sampling of the new DVD’s coming to the library.  Stop in to pick up your next favorite movie!