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

March 4 – March 7, 2020

August 26 – August 29, 2020

Kouts Public Library

October 8 – 10, 2020

Portage Public Library

April 15 – 18, 2020

October 21 – 24, 2020

South Haven Public Library

May 13 – 16, 2020

Valparaiso Public Library

March 26 – 28, 2020

September 16 – 19, 2020

Basement Sale

$2.00 a bag. This sale will take place in the basement of the Valparaiso Public Library. These books have never been on sale to the public. Additional dates may be added.

January 10 – 11, 2020, 10am – 3pm

January 24 – 25, 2020, 10am – 3pm

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

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

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 14th

February 12th

March 11th

April 8th

May 13th

June 10th 

July 8th

August 12th

September 9th 

October 14th

November 11th

December 9th

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.

Dawn Curry
Mary Bradford
Vice President
Cheryl Oestreich
Genise Shumacher
Kathy Blackburn
Joanne Doshan
Sharon Stephens
Linda Stevenson


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