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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library is a nonprofit, charitable group that supports the library through fundraising activities, volunteerism, and public awareness campaigns. Library Friends have the opportunity to have a greater voice in the programs, collections, and services the library provides.

New members are always welcome and joining is easy. Simply complete a short form and submit with your dues. Choose your level of support with membership categories that range from $10 to $100 annually or a Lifetime Membership for a one-time payment of $300. Dues can be paid by mail and in person at the library. They can also be paid from this website with a credit card by clicking on the payment button at the top of this page.

The friends is governed by a volunteer board of directors that consists of nine to eleven members. The current board includes:
John Triplett, President
Stephanie Stremming, Vice-President
Susan Moyer, Secretary
Kelly Landes, Treasurer
Linda Bongers
Tom Brungardt
Shelley Hoyle Kite
Crystal Rankin
Mother Doreen Rice
Renee Spellman
Ricardo Vieyra

Anyone interested in joining the board should contact Susan Moyer at (785) 238-4311 or susanm@jclib.org.

Friends Book Bundles

The friends daily book sale is located just inside the north entrance on the parking lot side of the building. The sale currently features Book Bundles, safely wrapped stacks of books, audiobooks or DVDs that are usually sold for $3 to $5 each. There are stacks for both kids and adults that are bundled by author, genre, topic, etc. They make great gifts for the readers in your life including you!

Gift Baskets of the Month

The friends gift basket project now features one or two new gift baskets each month. All of the items and sometimes an entire basket are donated by area businesses and organizations. A new basket is launched at the beginning of each month while the previous month’s winner is being announced.

The baskets are kept clean and safe in a display case located next to the Circulation Desk. Drawing tickets can be purchased at the desk or from this web site for $1 each or 6 for $5. Current friends members can receive 7 tickets for $5.

Dillons Community Rewards and Amazon Smile

Library supporters can also pledge their support to the friends through the Dillons Community Rewards and Amazon Smile programs.

Every time you use your Dillons Plus Card, the company will donate a small percentage to the organization of your choice and we hope yours is the friends of the library! Signing up is easy and can be done at: https://www.dillons.com/i/community/community-rewards. Just enter the code IN907 when prompted.

When you shop Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library. From there you can shop away and a small percentage of your purchasing power will make its way to the friends.

Dillons Community Rewards and Amazon Smile

Library supporters can also pledge their support to the friends through the Dillons Community Rewards and Amazon Smile programs.
Every time you use your Dillons Plus Card, the company will donate a small percentage to the organization of your choice and we hope yours is the friends of the library! Signing up is easy and can be done at: https://www.dillons.com/i/community/community-rewards. Just enter the code IN907 when prompted.
When you shop Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library. From there you can shop away and a small percentage of your purchasing power will make its way to the friends.

Library Foundation

The Dorothy Bramlage Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising awareness of the services and benefits of the library. To this end the foundation:

  • Organizes persons who are interested in promoting and maintaining the use and well-being of the library.
  • Raises funds to support the library by conducting various fundraising events to raise money for the expansion of the book collection, expansion of library services, and improvements and expansion of the building in which the library is located.
  • Promotes reading and literature of all kinds and varieties.

The foundation has an established fund with the Greater Geary Community Foundation.

The foundation is operated by a seven-member board of directors that includes two representatives from the library board, two from the friends of the library, and three at-large members.

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Board of Directors of the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library Foundation

Linda Hoeffner, President
John Triplett, Vice-President
Blake Ballhorst, Treasurer
Vic Davis, Secretary
Karen Salyers
Lisa Deibler-Miller
Stuart Wells

The board meets quarterly at 5:30 pm on the second Thursdays of January, April, July, and October.

Volunteer

The library incorporates volunteers in a number of different ways to help deliver its body of services. This includes the boards and committees that help to direct the organization and those that work in support of it such as the library board of trustees, the board of the friends of the library, the foundation board and the library building project steering committee. In addition to their board, the friends also utilize volunteers for their book bundle and gift basket projects, production of their semi-annual newsletter, and other special projects. Student volunteers also assist with the programs and activities of the Young People’s Department, particularly during the summer reading program. Call the library at (785) 238-4311 or email jclibrary@jclib.org for more information about volunteering.