Friends of the Library

A closeup photo of books for sale from the Friends of Mead Library.

Join the Friends Today

Since 1972, the Friends of Mead Public Library have been supporting and funding public library programs and services to help supplement city appropriations. By joining the Friends, you will help your library remain on the cutting edge, while contributing to the cultural life of your community and supporting literacy promotion and lifelong learning. Individual memberships start at $25. Lifetime memberships cost $375.

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Membership Benefits

  • Subscription to the Friends Newsletter
  • Fully tax-deductible membership to a nonprofit
  • Meet new people, make new friends
  • Annual Meeting with a special program
  • Book sale discounts

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Friends BookStore & Book Sales
  • Gift of Reading
  • Art-o-Mat
  • Raffles
  • Foundation Yuletide Gala

What We Fund

  • Summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults
  • Book purchases for the library
  • Educational events for all ages 
  • Library equipment and fixtures

The Friends Bookstore

The Friend's BookStore is located near the main entrance to the library and has an always-changing inventory, with prices range from $0.25 to $2 for books (excluding specialty books)

Hours - The volunteer-run bookstore operates whenever the library is open. We try to staff the BookStore as often as we can, but when we are unable to do so, there is a box conveniently located at the entrance where you can pay. 

History and Operation of the FMPL BookStore – We opened in 2004 and annual sales now top $10K. Proceeds support library programs, special events and other areas of the library. 

Donations - We accept donations of gently used books, videos, tapes, CDs, or DVDs. The drop-off box is located in the Bookstore. For donations bigger than one full box, please call 920-459-3400, ext. 2039. Certain items with local history significance are especially welcome. 

Book Donation FAQs

A photo of the Friends of Mead Bookstore.

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More Information

Joan King, President

Hayley Shirk, Vice President

Barbara Wiese, Treasurer

Marge Giesen, Secretary

Sandy Loth

Pat Mahlendorf

Mary Mitch

Kathy Nelson

Samantha Olson

Sharon Quicker

Cheryl Schoenenberger

Judy Van Calligan

Judy Zimmermann 

Sydny Mehn, Liaison

Debbie DeAmico, Treasurer Liaison

Spring 2022 Meetings

  • March 16

  • April 20

  • May 18

All meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (except where noted) in person at Mead Public Library in the Rocca Room. 

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to attend the meeting should contact Sydny Mehn at the Mead Public Library, (920) 459-3400 extension 2039 as soon as possible.

Friends members who wish to participate virtually must provide notice to Sydny Mehn at least 24 hours before the meeting so that the person may be provided a remote link to attend online.

Contact Us

To learn more about the Friends, call the Friends library liaison at 920-459-3400, ext. 2039. Stay up on the latest Friends news by following us on Facebook.

Or if you happen to be in the library, stop by the BookStore and say hello!