The Friends of the Fort Dodge Public Library is a nonprofit association of persons who focus 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 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, the computer management software, SAM, upgraded the sound system in the large conference room, and purchased a device charging station.
SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY
Brown Bag Briefings: held every Thursday at noon in April and October. Programs offered bring information, entertainment, and educational presentations by people knowledgeable in their field.
Book store: provides an opportunity to recycle books, CDs, 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: online book club fees are paid by the Friends.
Biannual Book Sales: offer a large quantity of used books to the general public, usually held in May and November.
SERVICES 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-check and VendPrint stations.
Volunteers help with select children’s programs and assist with library operations.
Book store sales profits go toward fulfilling library requests
Memberships, business, and professional partnerships
Semi-annual book sales
Gifts, donations, and memorials
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Join the Friends membership form here
Volunteer at the book store, book sale, or library
Donate quality books, CDs, magazines, puzzles, or DVDs
Memberships and donations are tax deductible. Friends is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.