Friends of Alpha Park Public Library logo

Hundreds of libraries across the U.S. benefit from the presence of a Friends group. In my last position, in Texas, I depended on the Friends to underwrite the costs of the Summer Reading Club, pay for computers which the City could not afford to purchase…and the list could go on and on.

Friends provide support for libraries in many ways. Here are some of them:

  • In some cases, come together to establish a library where there was none before.
  • Serve to educate the greater community about the library, and its services.
  • Especially in municipal (city) libraries, advocate for library support from elected officials.
  • Assist library staff in volunteer positions, as needed.
  • Provide hospitality for library events.
  • Raise funds to pay for programs or materials that aren’t workable in the library’s regular budget.
  • “Grow” library foundations for ongoing fiscal security of the library.


Not all Friends groups take on all of the causes shown above, but they may choose to work on more than one goal.

A planning group began working in the fall of 2010 to establish a Friends group.

John Richmond
Library Director

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library meet at 10:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. They support the library financially and through hard work, revitalizing the west-side garden and installing giant-sized concrete footsteps to create a foot path to the garden (a sign naming/marking the path is upcoming, when warmer weather arrives). Friend-ly money purchased brand-new chairs for the second-floor meeting room, and provided prizes for Summer Reading and APL’s 45th anniversary open house. Bricks/pavers, suitable for engraving and honoring the living and the dead, are still on sale for $25. Buy yours now at the Checkout Desk. The Friends will create a patio, or some other enhancement for our landscape, using your bricks. Join the Friends for a guaranteed good time!

The next Friends meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in the meeting room next to the Information (Reference) Desk.

Questions: Call Amber Hopwood, Friends president, @ 697-3097.

Meanwhile, visit the Friends’ ongoing book sale at the library, far north wall. All sales benefit APL.

Friends of Alpha Park Library brochure with application form