The Library's Unsung Heroes: The Friends Of Lakewood Public Library
The Friends of Lakewood Public Library is a volunteer organization that has supported the Library with materials, programming and service since 1980. Originally brought together by a determination to keep good books from going into the trash, the group has grown with the Library to become an essential part of Lakewood’s way of life.
Donations of old books, magazines, movies and electronics are welcome every day of the year. While some of these materials make their way into the Library’s collection, most items end up being sold at the Friends’ seasonal book sales. The proceeds are used to sponsor free lectures, concerts and films at the Library and to pay for crucial materials like the Library’s Program Guide and the Library’s van which is used to deliver books to classrooms and those who are unable to leave their home.
In the last few years, the Friends have begun selling rare books online to increase revenue. An ongoing, year-round book sale corner has been established in the Main Library Atrium. Reading material has been donated to armed forces personnel serving in warzones. And libraries devastated by floods and other natural disasters have put themselves back together with help from the Friends.
The Friends will never run out of ways to lend a helping hand. By the same token, they can never have enough volunteers. Visit www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/friends to learn more.