Friends

Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library
The Friends are members of a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Bettendorf Public Library. The Friends contribute to the purchase of books and materials, to Library programs for adults and children, and to other expenditures beyond the Library's budget.

Funds are raised through an annual membership drive, two Book Fairs each year, collection of used books and magazines for re-sale, owning 
and operating a copier for Library patrons, and an annual Holiday Bazaar.

Meetings are held monthly at the Library, September through June, on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:15 p.m.

For more information about volunteering with the Friends, contact the Bettendorf Public Library Volunteer Coordinator. For questions about the book fairs or bazaar, contact the Administrative Assistant.

Friends memberships can be purchased at the Book Fairs, or at the Service Desk at the Library.  The application can be also downloaded for printing here and mailed to the Library at 2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf, IA  52722.  Individual memberships are $5 and a family membership is $10.

Current Friends News

Fall Book Fair time is here!  The members Preview Sale will be Friday, October 6, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  General Sales will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, and from noon - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 8.  PLEASE NOTE:  The Friends have increased the price on general items to 75¢.  Even with this increase items are still bargain-priced!  Over 20,000 good condition books will be available; this is a great opportunity to expand your personal library.  If you are not currently a member of the Friends, you may join at the door on Friday evening at the preview sale. Individual memberships are $5 and family memberships are $10.  There is a charge of $20 to use any type of scanning equipment during the preview sale only.

The Friends Holiday Bazaar is just around the corner.  Mark your calendars to come shopping on Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Each year vendors provide a wide variety of handmade and pre-packaged products such as holiday gifts, jewelry, floral arrangements, cross stitched items, pillows, candles and various scented items, packaged edible mixes, beauty products, fleece blankets, and different types of decorative pieces.  If you're the creative type, or have special products you'd like to offer our shoppers, it's not too late to sign up to be a vendor.  For more information, call 563-344-4177.

The Friends ongoing magazine sale is looking for your gently used magazines.  Donated magazines are sold for only 20¢ and provide a new home for magazines you no longer wish to keep.  All donations of books and magazines may be deposited during Library hours in the bins in the Friends area near the entrance toDewey's Café. 

The Friends meet the first Tuesday of each month from September through June, at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  You don't have to be a member to attend.  Attend a meeting and see what the Friends do to support the Library!