The Friends of the Florida Public Library is an organization of volunteers who work together
to promote and expand programs, resources and services for all people in the community.
The Friends Board serves as a link between the library and the community. Membership
in the Friends group is a great way to support FPL. There are five yearly membership levels
to fit most budgets and needs:
- Student (for kids up to Grade 12) $5
- Individual / Family $10
- Contributing $25
- Sustaining $50
- Patron $100
Membership in the Friends of FPL runs from October 1 through September 30 each year. Click on
the link to download a fill-able and printable membership form. Mail it or drop it off at the library anytime!
Click here for the Friends Membership Form.
Friends of the FPL Officers:
Vice President – Bob Scott
Treasurer – Rochelle Weiler
Are you looking for a new job where you can demonstrate your leadership ability, great ideas and love of the library? The Friends of the Florida Public Library are looking to fill two very important elected, volunteer positions:
President – Wanted. A motivated people person to run the monthly meetings (second Mondays, 6:30 p.m.) and direct the energies of the group to support FPL by organizing fundraisers, hands-on help and advocacy efforts. In the last year, the Friends have funded our Poetry Cafes and Summer Reading Program, produced the popular 4th Annual Spring Tea, held several profitable used book sales, represented FPL at the Florida Family Fun Fest and Farmers Market and walked door to door in local neighborhoods to recruit new library patrons. We are proud of our efforts, but always looking for new ideas! This is a one-year elected position; officers may serve two consecutive years in the same position – one year to learn the job, one year to teach a successor. The President must be a paid member of the FFPL ($10.)
Secretary – Wanted. A detail-oriented person to take minutes at monthly meetings (second Mondays, 6:30 p.m.), keep the business of the meetings on track, distribute draft minutes by email and write thank you notes for the Friends as needed. There’s no meeting without the Secretary! Looking for a good listener, good note-taker and person who respects deadlines and gets the job done promptly and accurately. This is a one-year elected position; officers may serve two consecutive years in the same position. The Secretary must be a paid member of the FFPL ($10.)
Interested in helping the library, learning new skills and making friends with other helpers? Please call the library at (845) 651-7659 for more information or contact Vice President Bob Scott at (845) 651-7221.
A letter from Bob Scott, Vice President, to the Friends of the FPL
Thank you for your continued support. Through our annual dues and fundraising activities (such as the used book sales, and the annual spring tea), we have enabled the Florida Public Library to promote and expand various reading programs and workshops, as well as offer museum and park passes along with the Ancestry Library Edition database to library patrons. One of our missions this year is to make the Friends organization even more vibrant and productive. We need your help! Attendance and active participation in our monthly meetings will enable us to achieve this goal. In general, hourly meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Here are some items currently under discussion by the group:
1 – New ideas for fundraising activities. Do you have some thoughts to share? Perhaps an event at your job, or an activity in which your children have participated, comes to mind.
2 – For our used book sales, we are always in need of “strength” to transport books between the library basement and the Senior Center, where the sale is held. These transfers take place for an hour on a Thursday evening and on a Sunday afternoon. Are you able to help? Do you have a suggestion for some group that might be contacted to accomplish this task (for example, a high school club that does community service, etc.)?
3 – If you are interested in expanding your horizons, the election of officers will be taking place in June. All Friends are eligible to run for office. Each office is a one-year elected position. Officers may serve two consecutive years in the same position. All officers must be paid members of the Friends.
The President runs the monthly meetings and directs the energies of the officers, any sub-committees, and the overall Friends organization. Estimated time spent per month is 5 hours. The Vice-President acts as an assistant to the president, and performs the duties of the president in the absence of that officer. Estimated time spent per month is 3 hours. The Secretary takes minutes at monthly meetings, distributes minutes, and handles all correspondence. A permanent file of minutes, membership lists, reports, and other records of the organization are maintained by this officer. Estimated time spent per month is 3-4 hours. The Treasurer has custody of all funds of the organization, makes disbursements as authorized, keeps a complete set of receipts and expenditures, and presents a financial report at every meeting. Estimated time spent per month is 2-3 hours.
Please plan to attend an upcoming meeting to learn more about our organization and our volunteer opportunities. We would love to see you and hear your suggestions!
Thanks in advance for any extra support that you are able to provide! We all have the
same goal of helping our library which, in turn, benefits our community. For more
information, you may contact me at (845) 651-7221, or call the library at (845) 651-
Friends of the FPL Meeting Dates: (Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays)
July 9, 2018
August 13, 2018
September 10, 2018
October 9, 2018
November 12, 2018
December 10, 2018
January 14, 2019
February 11, 2019
March 11, 2019
April 8, 2019
May 13, 2019
June 10, 2019
Gifts and Donations
The Library welcomes donations, gifts and bequests to support and expand library operations, programs and collection development. Checks should be made payable to the order of “Florida Public Library.” Donations specified for the purchase of library materials or furnishings “In Memory Of” or “In Honor Of” an individual will be distinguished with special bookplates or labels. Contributors who would like donations earmarked for specific purposes are encouraged to speak to the Director to discuss the Library’s current funding needs. Please refer to our Gifts Policy.
The Friends enjoyed a day at the Florida Fun Fest.
Meet a Friend of the Florida Public Library ~ Celeste McAteer
I am proud that my oldest son James made picnic tables, benches, planters, garbage bins and cleaned up the back area for the library with the help of our family and the Boy Scouts. This project helped him earn the rank of Eagle Scout. I have enjoyed helping move books for the book sale too.
As a Friend, I presented a program on health and wellness for adults.
My favorite thing about the Florida Public Library is the great staff that works there. They are always helpful and able to get me the books I request, even from other libraries. One book came from as far away as Texas! I loved the summer reading programs my kids were involved in when they were younger.
Some of my favorite items that I borrow from FPL are books on natural healing, finances, raising children and wellness.
What others should know about FPL: It is a great resource loaded with educational and self-help information as well as a variety of interesting programs for anyone at any age.
When I’m not at the library, I like to read, spend time with my family, work on home improvement projects, hike, garden and go to any beach, anywhere.
Thank you, Celeste, for being a Friend of the Florida Public Library!
Meet a Friend of the Florida Public Library ~ Christine
I am proud that I helped the Friends buy the awning for the back deck.
As a Friend, I attend meetings when I can and I help at book sales
when I can.
My favorite thing about the Florida Public Library is all the great adult
programs, family events and children’s programs. I love how connected
FPL is to our school and how they work together to encourage children
I give my time because I love to read! I have loved the library ever since
I was young. Where else can you go and have access to books
about anything? It is great to help and give back.
Some of my favorite items that I borrow from FPL are children’s books, non-fiction selections and the vacation backpacks.
What others should know about FPL: It’s not just about books! There is always a full schedule of events featuring authors, crafts, movies,
poetry, music, etc.
When I’m not at the library, I like to read! I also like to cook, spend time with my family, and plan parties and fun stuff for my girls.
Thank you, Chris, for being a Friend of the Florida Public Library!
Meet a Friend of the Florida Public Library ~ Bob Persing
I have been a member of the Friends of the FPL since 2009.
I am proud that I helped the Friends advocate, buy and install technology upgrades to better serve the community’s needs in this “Hi-Tech” era.
As a Friend, I attend meetings to help review and plan how to better serve the library and the community.
I help at book sales, usually transferring the books from the library basement to the Senior Center and back to the basement. I volunteer by sharing a skill. Since my background is in computers and computer networking, I offer my expertise to the library to maintain and improve the computing services as well as assist with some of the library’s computer instructional classes.
My favorite thing about the Florida Public Library is the friendly, helpful staff and their dedication to serving our community in a unique manner, only available through a library such as ours.
I give my time because I can and I receive such a great reward by doing so.
What others should know about FPL: The Florida Public Library has some very interesting “special event” programs for all ages…this is a big PLUS.
When I’m not at the library, I enjoy crafting things from wood, be it furniture or bowls turned on a lathe, and help friends and family with home improvement projects. I also like to kayak, attend orchestral performances, the ballet, and will occasionally take in an opera at the Bardavon.
Thank you, Bob, for being a Friend of the Florida Public Library!