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 Alpha Park Library

The Friends of the Library, who have committed $500 toward the purchase of the first 100 carpet squares for the second floor will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. Come on down!

Reliable rumors about the Friends are going around. As in…come Summer Reading Club time, the Friends will present a “Cutest Pet” contest, as they did last year. Cutest pets were truly cute, people had fun (don’t know about the pets), and the library received $400 in proceeds from the competition. This year, funds will apply to the purchase of carpet squares for the Youth Services Dept.

The second pretty/fairly/almost-certainly-reliable rumor is that the Friends will host a fall garden walk. Later September is a distinct possibility. Lots of gardening groups hold spring or summer garden walks, but fall will be a bit…different. Unless another polar vortex hits the Midwest, as it did this winter/spring, gardens can be quite lovely in early autumn. The Friends’ last garden walk earned at least $2,000 for the library.

Stay tuned for further details!

Questions about the friends? 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