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

Annual Meeting

October 15th, 2019

Hebron Public Library


Kouts Public Library


Portage Public Library


South Haven Public Library


Valparaiso Public Library


Basement Sale


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

Hebron Public Library Friends Hours

  • Friends book cart available during normal library hours.

Kouts Public Library Friends Hours

  • Friends book cart available during normal library hours.

Portage Public Library Friends Hours

  • Currently Closed

South Haven Public Library Friends Hours

  • Friends book sale wall available during normal library hours.

Valparaiso Public Library Friends Hours

  • Wednesday’s 12:30-6:30 pm.
  • Saturday’s 10:00-4:00 pm.

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.

Upcoming board meetings

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month from 9:30am to 12:00pm in the Valparaiso Public Library board room

January 13

February 10

March 10

April 14

May 12

June 9

July 14

August 11

September 8

October 13

November 10 

December 8

Board Members

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

The Volunteer Luncheon will be May 19, 2020.

The Fall Program and Annual Meeting will be October 19, 2020.

Genise Shumaker
Kathy Blackburn
Vice President
Joanne Doshan
Mary Bradford
Dawn Curry
Judy Hanson
Cheryl Oestreich
Sharon Stephens


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