Friends of the Fargo Public Library

Mission

Members of the Friends of the Fargo Public Library support the library with advocacy, fundraising, and volunteering.

Background

The Friends are volunteers who formed a non-profit organization, bringing together people who are interested in establishing a closer relationship between the Library and the public it serves.

Proceeds from the Friends’ fundraising activities activities are spent on items which improve and expand the services offered by the Library. Fundraising activities include used book sales at all three branches, book bag sales, and membership support. The Friends operate a used book store at the Main Library. Over 90% of the money raised is given back to the library.
The Friends of the Fargo Public Library has a used book sale at each of the Fargo Public Library locations. Community members donate books to the Fargo Public Library. The books that are not used by the Fargo Public Library are then sold by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library at each of the Fargo Public Library locations: Main, Northport and Carlson.

Friends Achievements:
Helped fund the new Community Room at the Northport Branch Library.
Supported the One Book Program with a $5,000 donation.
Sponsored visiting writers programs during National Library Week
Purchased books for summer reading program
Provided books/materials for “Every Child Ready to Read” program
Purchased CDs, audio books, and CD racks
Purchased library furniture and equipment
Book Talk (book club)

These are some of the gifts that the Friends of the Fargo Public Library have donated to the Fargo Public Library:
Adjustable Tables and Set of Chairs
Board Book Holder
CD Display Rack
Colored Book Bags
Digital Camera and Accessories
Every Child Ready to Read Program
Every Child Ready to Read Training Kit
I love libraries bookmarks and I vote brochures
Magazine Rack
Magnifiers for Senior Readers
Mystery Writers Speakers during National Library Week
Reference Desk Chairs
RFID System for Branch Library (Northport)
Sound System
Table cover
Table Top Display Panel



Membership Benefits:

Invitation to Members Pre-sale at the twice yearly book sales, including two free books of your choice.
Tax deductible membership
Friends of the Fargo Public Library newsletter
Voting Privileges at the Annual Meeting
Input into Friends activities
Satisfaction of helping the Fargo Public Library

 

Organization Info

Executive Director
None
Staff
0 part-time
0 full-time
Volunteers
20
Board Members and Affiliations
12
Counties Served
Cass, ND
Meeting Frequency
Monthly
Tax-Exempt Organization Type
501(c)3

Financial Info

Organization Files Form 990
Yes
Top Three Funding Sources
Tax deductible membership in the Friends organization. Sale of used and donated books at all three libraries. Mail solicitation.
Last Financial Audit
January, 2014

Contact Info

Street Address
P.O. Box 1365
Fargo, North Dakota (ND) 58107
Phone
(701) 364-2665 Book Store)
Email  | Website
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Board Members

BOARD MEMBERS:
Robert Jansen, President
Barb Villela, Vice President
Ben Hansen, Secretary
Robert Hinnenkamp, Treasurer
Lynn Moore
Mary Kerbaugh
Kathy Gilstrap
Jan Murphy
Kathleen Andrews
Kathy Van der Vorst
Karen Kuhn