Friends of the Library

Join Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library is a nonprofit advocacy organization which supports the Library. Our volunteer members advocate, educate, and raise funds on behalf of the Library, its patrons, and the community.
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


Mary Egger

Julie Junkman

Deb Kelleher

Joy Kulow

Curt Martens

Harold McGough

Judy Pritchard

Pam Reeck

Kathy Rehmann

Steve Rehmann

Holly Vogt

Linda Whiting

Judy Wood

FRIENDS of the Library Make A Difference in the Fort Dodge Public Library


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.


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.
Click Here to view/print a Friends of the Library Membership form

Friends Membership Form

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Friends Membership Form

Friends Membership Form

PDF document icon FRIENDS Membership.pdf — PDF document, 80 kB (82852 bytes)

Friends Bookshop on the Square

The FRIENDS Bookshop is located just inside the front doors of the Fort Dodge Public Library. The items sold in the bookshop are donations made by the community. The volunteer run bookshop is the main source of income for the Friends and all proceeds go to the library.
Bookshop Hours

Monday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Bookshop Pricing (subject to change)

Hardbacks $2.00
Paperbacks $1.00
Magazines $.25
Clearance cart $.25

Hardback $.50
Paperback $.25

Puzzles $1.00

Special & Newer books, videos, audiotapes, DVDs, games, etc. are priced as marked


Donations can be dropped off to the bookshop during open hours or 
may be brought to the front desk inside the library.

When donating items, please keep in mind the bookshop does NOT accept the following:



Condensed books/materials

Audio cassettes

Weekly magazines

Magazines over a year old

Damaged / Torn / Dirty / Musty items


 The bookshop is always looking for volunteers who are interested in 

staffing the cash register, sorting books and stocking the shelves a few hours a month.

 To volunteer, please contact Book Store Co-Managers:


Ruth Collins


 Pat Milefchik


This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.