Friends of the Fargo Public Library


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


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. 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:

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:

Tax deductible membership
Friends of the Fargo Public Library newsletter
Voting Privileges at the Annual Meeting
Exclusive invitation to Fargo Public Library events, including new branch openings
Input into Friends activities
Satisfaction of helping the Fargo Public Library


September 11, 2008 - Those Who Save Us - Jenna Blum
October 09, 2008 - Five Quarters of the Orange: A Novel (P.S.) - Joanne Harres
November 13, 2008 - Broken for You - Stephanie Kallos
December 11, 2008 - Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
January 08, 2009 - The 33-Year Old Rookie - Chris Coste
February 12, 2009 - The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
March 12, 2009 - Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond - Essie Mae Washington-Williams
April 09, 2009 - Fidelity: Poems - Grace Paley
May 14, 2009 - The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

Carroll Berntson
Friends of the Fargo Public Library Book Talk liaison

Organization Info

Executive Director
0 part-time
0 full-time
Meeting Frequency
Tax-Exempt Organization Type

Financial Info

Organization Files Form 990
Top Three Funding Sources
Tax deductible membership in the Friends organizatSale of used and donated books at all three librarMail solicitation
Last Financial Audit
July 2006

Contact Info

Street Address
P.O. Box 1365
Fargo,  58107
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Board Members

Mary Kerbaugh
Barb Dunn
Millie Penuel
Carin Noreiga
Kathy Gilstrap
Robert Olson
Jennie Millerhagen
Rocky Schneider
Connie Santwire
Betty Kerns
Kathy Boucher
Burley Barnett