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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 7:00 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 at 563-344-4177.
Friends memberships can be purchased at the Book Fairs, or at the Service Desk at the Library. The application can be 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.
Calling all jigsaw puzzle lovers! The Friends are looking for gently used puzzles you no longer wish to keep, but don’t want to throw away. The Friends will be collecting donated puzzles to support the library in creating a puzzle exchange program. Donations of both puzzles and books for the book sales may be placed in the bins in the alcove near the entrance to Café during regular Library hours.
In October, the Friends held a very successful Fall Book Fair, and the annual Holiday Bazaar in November was also a success! The Friends are most appreciative to the Friends volunteers who help with Book Fair, those who purchase tables at the Bazaar and, of course, to all who shop at both events! The Friends are proud to play a role in providing funding for the Library and are always striving to increase their fundraising dollars so they can further contribute. The Friends rely on the generosity of Library patrons and local community members to support their many efforts.
If you are a current member or have been in the past, you will receive a letter in February for the membership drive. Please consider joining the Friends for the 2020 year. If you are not a member and would like to support the Friends, information on joining is always available at the Library and at the monthly Friends Meetings. The Friends meet the first Tuesday of each month from September through June, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library. Whether you are a member or not, please consider attending a meeting to learn more.
The next Friends' Book Sale will be held April 3-5. Stay tuned for more information!