Friends of the Library

Porter County Library Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that raises funds and promotes the library. Since 1985, they have raised over $750,000 for Porter County libraries! Here are just a few ways the library has used these funds:

  • Began offering ebooks and emagazines to patrons
  • Enabled the library to begin offering fax services
  • Paid for library programs so patrons could attend for free

Support Friends of the Library

Book Sale Events


February 22-25, 2017

August 23-26, 2017


October 18-21, 2017



March 15-18, 2017

November 1-4, 2017

South Haven

April 19-22, 2017


March 29-April 1, 2017

November 15-18, 2017

Become A Member

Membership Benefits:

  • First choice of book sale items at the Friends Preview Night.
  • Mailed a free copy of the library newsletter Between the Stacks.
  • Membership dues help enhance the library you already love!

Make checks payable to “Public Library Friends.” You can download and print an application.

Membership Dues
Student $2.00
Senior Citizen $3.00
Individual $5.00
Family $10.00
Business/Organization $25.00
Contributor $50.00
Sustainer $100.00

The Friends of the Library rely on volunteers! There are several ways you can volunteer, such as:

  • Working in library book sales
  • Working in the Friends of the Library book sale rooms
  • Preparing mailings
  • Caring for library materials.

Visit a book sale room or talk to your local library staff if you are interested in volunteering with the Friends of the Library, or apply below.

Board Members

Board meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the Valparaiso Library.

Jeri Fork
Dawn Curry
Vice President
Genise Shumaker
Linda Stevenson
Cheryl Oestreich
Marcia Dwyer
Don Johnson
Barbara Lewis
Lanette Carey


Looking to join the Friends of the Library? Our staff is happy to help you through the process of becoming a member or volunteer!