Meeting Future Library Challenges

Friends Need Friends

The work of the Freedom Friends is grounded in friendship. This creates a culture of collaboration, engagement and connectivity and ensures that our work goes forward in an atmosphere of caring and encouragement. Among the Friends everyone’s ideas and opinions matter, and there are involvement opportunities for all. We share our interests and concerns with one another and take great pleasure in our camaraderie, which in turn, energizes our efforts.

The Friends of the Freedom Public Library have set aside the month of September for their annual Membership Drive. Visit the Friends any Saturday during the month of Sept. from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM in the lobby of the Freedom Public Library and talk with a member of the Friends.

The Friends are the primary fundraising entity for the Freedom Public Library. The Friends have been providing supplementary funds to the library since their inception and incorporation in the year 2000 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity.

A thriving library benefits everyone. Help support the Freedom Public Library by becoming a member of the Freedom Friends.

2021 Celebration of the digital sign that was donated by the Friends of the Freedom Public Library after four years of hard work, dedication and fundraising. Celebrating the dedication of the sign is Commissioner Kathy Bryant, Judie Sieg, Freedom Librarians and FOFL members.

Our Approach:

Support the library as it works to respond to the significant population increase predicted for the library service area over the next five years.

Mission:

To cooperate with and support the Freedom Public Library in the development and promotion of library services, resources and facilities for the community and to encourage and receive gifts, endowments and bequests to the library, and to provide supplemental financial assistance to the library.

2022 Initiatives:

The goal of the Friends of the Freedom Public library is to increase public awareness of the mission and the work of the Friends by networking with residents, homeowners associations, businesses and other community organizations. We strive to continue to improve the library’s physical resources through the installation of a digital sign, pandemic friendly virtual programs, purchases of Audio and Electronic books, and a COVID friendly enhancement of the lobby book sale area. To keep developing effective fundraising strategies that allow us to continue to help improve Freedom Public Library and also the proposed expansion over the next 5-7 years. The Freedom Friends have pledged to raise over $200,000 to help with the upcoming expansion of the Freedom Public Library. This includes such items as a Freedom Public Friends book store, purchasing books and furniture and any other needs the library might encounter.

Positioning Statement:

Throughout our lives we have loved our public libraries.  We have loved the books, media materials, programs and events they have freely  provided  us and our families.  Library experiences have spurred our imaginations and engaged us in sharing with friends, neighbors and new acquaintances.  We have seen our children grow in understanding because of stories they have read and songs they have sung, and we have celebrated with them the pleasure of reading together. Because we love libraries, we have become Friends who  raise funds Freedom Public Library can use to provide these gifts and new ones to our community  here in southwest Marion County.

Next Steps…

Interested in becoming part of our friendly volunteers: Click to find out more. Call to Action