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

It’s time for the Friends Spring Book Sale on April 7, 8, and 9. The Members’ Preview Sale is from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7. Memberships may be purchased at the door if you are not already a member. Individual memberships are $5 and a family membership is $10. General Sales begin on Saturday, April 8, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 9, from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Over 20,000 books and other formats are for sale, most of them sold for the bargain price of 50¢. This is a great way to affordably expand your personal library and support the Bettendorf Public Library at the same time.

Don’t forget to check out the latest Rapid Reads! The Friends have taken over support of this program, which allows patrons to check out popular titles that might have a waiting list on them. The cost is $3 for a two-week checkout. This is a great opportunity if you just can’t wait to read a popular title!

The Friends monthly meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of each month, September through June at 7:00 p.m. in the Library. If you have never attended a meeting, please feel free to stop by and see what the Friends do for the Library. Meetings last approximately an hour and your attendance is welcomed by the Friends, whether you are a current member or not. Perhaps after attending a meeting, you will decide to join. For more information about the Friends, please call the Library at 563-344-4177.

The Friends ongoing magazine sale provides donated magazines sold for only 20¢ each. The magazine display area is located inside Dewey’s Café. If you have magazines that you no longer have room to house, please consider donating them to the Friends. It will give them new life and many happy new owners. All book and magazine donations may be deposited during the Library's open hours in the Friends area near the entrance to Dewey’s Café.