Friends of the Library

The Purpose of the Friends of the Nashville Public Library
The purpose of the Friends of the Library (FOL) is to help raise funds to purchase equipment and materials for the Nashville Public Library.  It is a multifaceted group of dedicated volunteers who share a common belief that a good public library is a valuable asset, which must be nourished and supported.  Ideas for speakers and programs, as well as equipment needs for the library, are discussed at meetings.

Why Join the Friends?

Benefits of being a member of FOL include a quarterly newsletter, sponsorship and participation in the planning of events such as lectures and demonstrations, occasional group excursions, and free admission to the book sales on preview nights.  Lifetime members also receive 10% off total purchases at book sales.

The FOL sponsor a spring and a fall book sale as fundraisers.  Help is always needed to sort books and help with the sales.  Volunteer opportunities are available such as helping with the summer reading program, serving refreshments at evening events, and assisting at special fundraisers.

Book reviewers are always needed to review books for the Let’s Read, Reading for Kids, and Reading for Christian Living columns in The Nashville News.  In exchange for published reviews, the books, valued at over $1,000 annually, are donated to the library.

Events Held in 2014:

  • Talk given by Phil Jones on “Waking Up America: Alarm Clocks Through the Ages”
  • Presentation by knife collector, Eldon Autenrieth, on “Just How sharp Are You?”
  • A Road Scholars Speakers Grant Award from the I.H.C. made possible a presentation by Dennis Stroughmatt on “The Illinois French Season of Carnival: La Guillannee to Le Mardi Gras”
  • A portrayal of Amelia Earhart by educator, Barbara Kay
  • A pre-play discussion in the library and a live performance of “As You Like It” on the Washington County Courthouse lawn by Stone Soup Shakespeare
  • A book-signing by Amy Evans Shonstrom, co-author of “Step On It: One Woman’s Adventure in the Race Across America”
  • A portrayal of Betsy Ross by educator, Barbara Kay
  • A presentation by Master Gardeners, Salina Jett and Debbie Czarnopys-White on “Saving Your Garden Seeds”
  • A wine-tasting by Karen Droste, All-Mart Wines & Spirits, Nashville
  • Family Reading Night in November with storyteller and musician, Mike Anderson
  • Friends of the Library Christmas dinner and entertainment
  • Two book sales–one in April and one in September
  • Movie nights and/or movie mornings throughout the year with soda and free popcorn

Contributions by the Friends in 2014:

  • $500 for new microfilm cabinet
  • $150 to Washington County Arts Council for Stone Soup Shakespeare
  • $50 in memorials for two deceased members of the Friends
  • $265 for annual movie license
  • $500 for Summer Reading Program
  • $450 for speaker’s fees or applications to the I.H.C.
  • $238 for new sidewalk sign
  • $163 for Family Reading Night entertainment (1/2 cost of having Mike Anderson)
  • Book Page subscription
  • Gift cards/prizes for programs
  • Program refreshments
  • Books donated to the library after reviews in The Nashville News
  • Delivery of library books to skilled-care residents

Membership in the Friends

Membership is open to individuals, families and businesses interested in promoting the materials, services and programs of the Nashville Public Library.  Members are encouraged but not required to attend meetings, which are held on the third Saturday of the month at the Nashville Public Library, unless otherwise noted.  Call the Nashville Public Library at (618) 327-3827 for more information about joining the Friends.