Our Mission is to support high-quality library resources for everyone in Tompkins County.
Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library, founded in 1946, is a not-for-profit organization for people interested in books and libraries. Our purpose is to stimulate public interest in the library, purchase library materials, and support other cultural and educational programs in Tompkins County.
|Mission & Vision statements||Officers & Board|
|Friends Bylaws||Life Members|
You are welcome to attend the monthly meetings of the Friends Board of Directors which meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Tompkins County Public Library.
Our membership includes hundreds of people who wish to support reading in our community. Some work during the year to sort the donations and some volunteer during the sale. Others support our goals by their membership donations. All are an important part of our mission.
If you are interested in joining the Friends of the Library, either as a silent supporter or an active participant in our varied activities, please see the Membership page. Applications are also available at the booksale site during book donation hours, and at the library.
After meeting Book Sale expenses, we give money to the Tompkins County Public Library and Finger Lakes Library System. We also give money to not-for-profit organizations in Tompkins County for reading-related materials, give educational grants to residents of Tompkins County pursuing library degrees, and contribute to staff development and continuing education of library personnel.
The Friends has a special Endowment Fund designed to provide an opportunity for tax-exempt public libraries and reading rooms to obtain funds for special projects. These libraries and reading rooms must be within the district covered by the Finger Lakes Library System and serve residents of Tompkins County.
Learn more about our various Grants programs here.
Executive Committee members are elected at the November Annual Meeting. These positions include the President, Vice Presidents, the Treasurer, and the Secretary. All other positions are appointed by the Executive Committee and constitute the Board of Directors.
2013 Board of Directors
|1st VP (Membership)|
|2nd VP (Book Sale)|
|Treasurer||Jo Ann Ekdahl|
|Community Organizations Grants||Evelyn Kalish|
|Library Grants||Karen Creenan|
|Education Grants||Clare Greene|
|Building Coordinator||Bill Apgar|
|Life Membership||Winnie Kostroun|
|Bylaws & Parliamentarian||Barbara Kretzmann|
|Online Sales||Heather Linton|
|Computing and IT||Al Demers|