Friends of the Library

National & State

Friends of the Library is a state and national non-profit organization whose only mission is the support of libraries and the advancement of reading and literacy. There are close to eight thousand individual Friends of the Library groups in America!

Local

For the past fifteen years or so, our group (The Friends of the Warren County Memorial Library) has been providing extra monies for under-funded needs, supporting the goals of the Library, and helping to provide programs and activities that will enrich our community. As generous as the Library’s county budget allocations are, there are always items that are not included. That’s where our Friends group contributes!

What We Do

We raise money, through membership drives and from the sale of books and other materials in our Bookstore, to increase the holdings of the library, providing books and other materials, as well as special purchases for the Library itself, such as decorative library clocks and a big-screen TV for the Children’s Department. Every penny that we raise goes to our Library!

Programs & Goals

We support programs for the full spectrum of library patrons, from the Summer Reading Program for readers of all ages, to speakers and programs on diverse subjects for varied interests. We share the goals of the Library, and our Library Director, Ms. Cheryl Reddish, is a member of our Friends of the Library group.

Memberships

Our memberships are affordable (anyone can join, starting at $15 for a individual yearly membership), yet they provide the opportunities for high-end donations and recognition. Membership affords the members early entrance to our semi-annual book-sales, as well as our yearly wine and cheese social which follows our annual meeting in March. Membership information is available at the circulation desk in the Library, and on Monday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in our Bookstore. We gratefully accept cash donations, as well as donations of gently-used books, DVDs, and CDs, which we can sell in our Bookstore or at our Spring and Fall Book Sales.

Member Responsibilities

What are the responsibilities of members of Friends of the Library? Aside from paying their annual dues promptly, there are no specific responsibilities and no meetings to attend. From time to time, members may be called upon to vote on changes to our By-Laws (as they were last summer). Of course, we hope they will stop in to our Bookstore and our Book Sales, and take advantage of our extremely reasonable prices and large, ever-changing inventory.

Become a Member

We hope you will see the benefit of belonging to this group and making a tangible contribution to our wonderful Library, to make sure that our Library is strong, relevant, and well-funded.

We look forward to receiving your financial contribution and we are actively seeking any goods or services that you feel would be helpful or appropriate. Download a membership form for Friends of the Warren County Memorial Library (PDF).

Thank You

We thank you for your support - we appreciate our friends!