Friends of the Library Volunteer sorting books for the Books for Babies program.
The Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is a nonprofit group that supports the library financially through membership dues and fund-raising projects.
Since the library started keeping records in 1993, the Friends have donated nearly $365,000 to the library which includes almost $79,000 in combined giving to the library renovation and the Library Endowment Fund. Recently, the Friends group gifted almost $18,000 to create a new adult quiet reading area, $5,000 to replace the furnishings in the young adult lounge, $7,000 for a scanner for public use, and $10,000 for the preservation of classic films. This does not include the assistance of the Friends’ Coordinator who is paid by the Friends and arranges all the volunteer hours generated for the benefit of the library—over 5,200 hours in 2014 alone–and much more. The support of all of the Friends members and volunteers is invaluable.