The Friends of the Fort Dodge Public Library is an association of persons who focus attention on the library, stimulate the use of the library's resources and services, encourage gifts to the library, support and cooperate with the library in developing services for the community, and support the freedom to read.The Friends have provided all funding for Children's Programming and Young Adult Programming for over a decade. The Friends have funded all purchases of magazines, and newspapers since July 1, 2004. In addition, the Friends purchased the Self-Check Unit, VendPrint, and the computer management software, SAM.
Friends of the Library Board
President: Cheri Maehl
Vice President: Pat Fallon
Secretary: JoAnn Latta
Treasurer: Dennis Milefchik
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
BROWN BAG BRIEFINGS: are held every Thursday at noon in October and April. Programs offered bring information, entertainment and educational presentations by people knowledgeable in their field.
BOOKSTORE: provides an opportunity to recycle books, CD's, magazines, videos and puzzles. Staffed by volunteers. All profits go to support library requests.
MEET THE AUTHOR: Friends host special events featuring local and regional authors.
AIRPORT PAPERBACKS: Free books are provided to travelers using the Fort Dodge airport.
NEWBORN PROGRAM: At the hospital, a book and a carrying bag are given to new mothers to encourage parents to read to their child.
DEAR READER: On-line book club fees are paid by Friends.
SERVICE TO THE LIBRARY
FRIENDS PAY for the following things at the library:
Programs for Children and Teens
All Magazines and Newspapers
Computer Maintenance Agreements for the Self Checkout and VendPrint machines
VOLUNTEERS help with the children's programs and assist with library operations
Book Store sales' proceeds go toward fulfilling library requests
Memberships, Business and Professional Partnerships
Semi-annual Book Sales
Gifts, donations and memorials
JOIN FRIENDS, buy a membership
VOLUNTEER at the book store, book sale or library
DONATE quality books, tapes, CD's, magazines and puzzles
MEMBERSHIPS & DONATIONS are tax deductible. Friends of the Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit association.