Friends Group

Who are we?

Since 1983, the Friends of the Russell Library have worked to meet the needs of the Library.  Thanks to money from donations and book sales, the Friends have contributed $500,000 to improve Russell Library Services.  The Friends provide programs, equipment & services that would not be available through the Library’s operational budget. Contact the Friends at

Did You Know

  • The Friends organize and run an ongoing book sale in the lobby of the library.
  • The Friends provide the bulk of the Library’s staff support funding.
  • Library events are not funded by your tax dollars. They are funded 100% by the Friends of the Library.

Your Contribution Supports         

  • Events & Classes for Kids
  • Events & Classes for Adults
  • Concerts
  • Summer Reading Programs
  • Museum Passes

The Friends Also...

  • Act as advocates for the Library locally and statewide
  • Organize and run the annual Library book sale and other fundraisers
  • Assist in staff development and enrichment by providing funds for workshops, meetings and conferences

There are three ways to become involved.

  •  As a member.  Simply fill out the membership form, print it out, and mail it, along with  your check to cover the type of membership you desire. Forms can also be dropped at the check-out desk of the Library.
  • Through a donation.  Gifts in any amount are gratefully received by the Friends and are disbursed along with other funds to support library activities. The Friends of Russell Library is a 501 (c) 3 organization.  Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of applicable law.
  • By volunteering. Friends volunteer with used book sales, home delivery, and special events.

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