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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 APL Special Event
Saturday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cindy Miller of Midwest Farm Charm in Lacon, IL, will offer a workshop at Alpha Park Library. Make your own decorative country farm sign. Only 20 seats available. Sign up today. All materials supplied $45.00. For more information visit her website at  Add to my

Friends of the Alpha Park Library

The next event is a garden walk on Saturday, September 21. We are working with the Peoria Monarch Task Force. This organization is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and increasing the numbers of Monarch butterflies. At one of the gardens, there will be a Monarch tagging and release. You can learn how to safely tag a Monarch with a number that will help scientists study them and learn more about their habits. If you tag one, you will be notified if your butterfly has been found and where.

If you or a gardener in your neighborhood would like to have their garden on our walk or if you have any questions, you may contact Kay Dye at The Friends of Alpha Park Library thank you!

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