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About the Friends

The Friends of the DeKalb Public Library believe in the importance of a strong, relevant, and well-funded library. The Friends support the library by raising funds to provide programs, materials, and services that are not part of the regular library budget. Since 2002, the Friends have contributed more than $65,000 to the library.

The Friends also assist library staff with ongoing collection development and special projects. In order to serve as a vibrant link between the library staff and the public, members are invited to volunteer at various library events.

Become a Friend

To become a member of the Friends of the DeKalb Public Library, complete this form. You can join for as little as $10.00. Members are welcome to attend monthly meetings, will receive the minutes by email, and are encouraged to volunteer at the twice-yearly Friends’ book sales.

You will receive your membership card in the mail. Present the card for one free book at the book sales. Membership renewal letters are mailed to members early in the calendar year, regardless of the date you became a member. Please renew annually.

Friends Make a Difference!

The Friends help fund many new and continuing library programs, including the summer adult and children’s reading programs, Book Babies, and the World of Books. In addition, display units, tables, and bookshelves have been purchased with funds raised by the Friends.

Book Sales

The Friends’ book sales are on hiatus due to the pandemic and will resume when the library and the Health Department say it is safe to do so.

Used books can be found for sale throughout the year on the shelves opposite the Friends Room in the lower level. A price list is posted near the shelves; please use the slot in the Friends Room for payment. Patrons are asked to place books they have handled but do not want to buy into the quarantine box.

Donating Items for the Book Sales

The Friends accept donations of gently used, clean books, DVDs, and CDs throughout the year. Bring your items to the main circulation desk. Encyclopedias, textbooks, LPs, videotapes, and magazines are not accepted. Please do not donate books that have been stored in damp conditions. Donations are tax-deductible per IRS 501 (c) (3).

Other Fundraising

The Friends participate in the annual Give DeKalb County event organized in May by the DeKalb County Community Foundation through the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnerships. Please donate to the Friends during this one-day event.

Meetings and Minutes

The Friends meet on the second Monday of the month at 5:00 p.m. (If that date is a holiday, the meeting will be changed to the third Monday). Currently, meetings are held using Zoom. The Zoom invitation will be sent with the previous month’s minutes the week before a scheduled meeting. All members are welcome to attend meetings.

Read past meeting minutes from the Friends of the Library. 

Current Officers

  • Alice Hall, President
  • Sue Doubler, Vice President
  • Donna Gable, Treasurer
  • Deborah Booth, Secretary