Core Values

Our core values: Friendship, Literacy, Community, and Continuous Improvement, are the underlying principles that guide our conduct in carrying out our mission and our relationship with the library and the community it serves.

FRIENDSHIP: The work of the 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. We share our interests and concerns with one another and take great pleasure in our camaraderie which, in turn, energizes our efforts.

LITERACY: As members of the wider educational community, the Freedom Friends are dedicated to promoting literacy. We commit to making all forms of materials available to the public from print to digital and beyond, from reading nooks to audio stations, tablets, and computers and whatever the future brings. We are especially committed to programs for young readers and to events that nurture children’s learning and love of reading, encourage their curiosity, and above all empower them to live in the world.

COMMUNITY: The Freedom Friends are proud to join with the library in community outreach and community building. We seek to support the library’s commitment to making Freedom Public Library a safe, nurturing and educational environment for children and adults, a place that is open and inclusive and in a very real sense, the heart of the community.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT: As a nonprofit charity, we organize our work around a continuous improvement process. We project future enhancements to the library that will further enrich the entire community while taking responsibility for careful stewardship of the assets we develop through fundraising, membership, outreach, and obtaining grants and donations.