Friends of the Library

The mission of the Friends of the Two Harbors Public Library is to promote excellence in library services by working with the Library Board and staff to support the library, its services and programs. To carry out this mission, the focus of the group is on advocacy, fundraising, public relations, and volunteer service.

Bylaws
Download a PDF copy of the Friends of the Two Harbors Public Library’s Bylaws here.

What is Friends of the Library?
The Friends of the Library is a non-profit group formed to help our library by increasing awareness of library services, supporting service with donations, and by increasing library volunteerism.

Is Friends of the Library a national organization?
Friends groups are popular nationwide, but are autonomous and locally-organized.

Why haven’t I heard of the Friends before now?
Our group formed in January 1997 and is officially incorporated with the State of Minnesota…but we need members! If you value your public library, and would like to help support quality library service, please consider joining the Friends of the Library.

What has the Friends group done so far?
Some of the services funded by the Friends of the Library:

  • Steel fire-proof book drop
  • Online newspaper database (Newsbank)
  • Diaper changing stations for the public washrooms
  • Author readings and programs
  • Summer and Winter Reading Program prizes and snacks for all ages
  • Install electrical outlets for patrons’ personal computers
  • New chairs for many areas of the library
  • Lightweight folding tables for the Meeting Room
  • Legos for the Lego Club
  • Fish tank supplies for the children’s area
  • Books and DVDs for the Anime/Manga/Japanese Language Club
  • Large Print books for the Outreach to Seniors program
  • Cake Pans for patrons to borrow
  • Restoration/Preservation of the Historic Carnegie Building’s windows
  • …and much more!

Are there dues?
Very nominal. Here’s a list of the categories:

  • Individual………..$ 10.00
  • Family……………..$ 25.00
  • Patron……………..$ 50.00
  • Business/Club….$ 75.00
  • Life…………………$ 100.00

How much of a commitment would I have to make?
As little or as much as you like. We value any participation, either with time or money. Obviously, the more people help out, the less burden falls on others!

Sounds great. How do I join?
Call us at the Two Harbors Library (834-3148), or e-mail us with your name, address and phone number.

Whether I join or not, may I still make a donation?
Certainly!  Cash and checks can be dropped-off at the Two Harbors Public Library in person, or you can send us mail at: Friends of the Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Drive, Two Harbors, MN 55616.  Or, if you prefer to make a donation via credit card, visit our page at giveMN.org!

If I shop on Amazon, can I have a portion of my purchase donated to you?
Yes!  We have an Amazon Smile account, meaning if you select us as your charity of choice, a portion of every applicable purchase you make on Amazon Smile will be donated to us.  Either go to smile.amazon.com and search for “Friends Of The Two Harbors Public Library” under the list of charities, or click here to find our Amazon Smile page directly.

Do you have any on-going fundraisers?
Yes!  We are selling canvas tote bags featuring the Girl Reading on a Train artwork located on the upper floor of the library.  The bags are $20.00 each, and can be purchased at the front desk of the library.

Thanks for reading our page. We hope you will consider becoming a “Friend” of the Library!