The Friends are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers who work to support the library by:
- Raising funds to support library programs and projects.
- Encouraging and stimulating increased use of the library and its resources;
- Assisting library staff, as needed, with their projects and tasks;
- Encouraging cooperation with other Island cultural and educational groups;
- Through the sale of books, DVDs, and CDs donated to the library at periodic large book sales as well as ongoing smaller-size sales at the Mercer Library and our online bookstore;
- Through contributions and memorials;
- Through membership dues.
How do the Friends use funds raised?
- We support a wide variety of programs and functions that appeal to all segments of the community;
- We have purchased original artworks, such as Ted Rand’s Salt Hands;
- We have purchased equipment and furnishings, such as a lectern, puppets, an LCD projector, a digital camera, and a sofa, table, and chairs;
- We have commissioned artworks, such as Marjett Schille‘s watercolors, the Maria Abrams mural, and the pedestal for Tony Angell‘s Sunning Otter;
How can you help the Friends?
- By setting up and conducting periodic book sales;
- By planning and hosting programs and functions;
- By sorting and crating donated books;
- By providing new energy, ideas, and talent to keep the organization moving forward.
- By making a donation to help us fund our programs.