The Friends of Lakewood Public Library is a volunteer organization that has supported the Library with materials, programming and service since 1980. Originally brought together by a determination to keep good books from going into the trash, the group has grown with the Library to become an essential part of Lakewood’s way of life.

Donations of old books, magazines, movies and electronics are welcome every day of the year. While some of these materials make their way into the Library’s collection, most items end up being sold at the Friends’ seasonal book sales. The proceeds are used to sponsor free lectures, concerts and films at the Library and to pay for crucial materials like the Library’s Program Guide and the Library’s van which is used to deliver books to classrooms and those who are unable to leave their homes.

In the last few years, the Friends have begun selling rare books online to increase revenue. Reading material has been donated to armed forces personnel serving in warzones. And libraries devastated by floods and other natural disasters have put themselves back together with help from the Friends.

Support the Friends by donating materials, volunteering, shopping at the next sale or attending a concert.


Sunday with the Friends

Nearly every Sunday at 2:00 pm, the Friends of Lakewood Public Library are proud to present
free concerts, lectures and more. Join us in the Main Library Auditorium. These programs are
open to one and all.

July 27            A Colonial Woman in Song
Enjoy a conversation with history. Diane Virostko steps forward out of the mist shrouded past to sing songs from the late colonial period of America. Each song will be carried entirely by her lovely vocals, without instrumentation, as would have been common on the edges of the frontier. Dressed, head-to-toe in authentic hand-crafted garments from the period, she will discuss women's fashions of the day, the history of the songs she sings and the whispers of revolution wending her way.

August 10       Luther Trammell Acoustic Blues
Music and friends are our life. Whether rockin’ out with the Blues Imperials, Shirley King or on his own, Luther Trammell brings the blues home. After spending some time in the House of Blues’ house band, Luther went solo. Although he does still play with powerhouse groups from time to time, lately he’s decided to devote himself full time to his own personal message of love, delivered through thundering acoustic guitar and vocals of feeling and experience. For this special summer performance, Luther's good friend John Sutton will join him onstage for dueling guitar renditions of classic blues songs and spirited takes on his originals.

August 17       Red Light Roxy
If you’re looking for an experience and the music has got to swing, it’s got to be Red Light Roxy. This professional jazz band from right here in Cleveland, Ohio plays an upbeat mix of jazz standards, jump blues, swing, boogie-woogie and a dash of old school rhythm and blues. They grabbed their name from the notorious burlesque house on Short Vincent Avenue where, back in the day, lawyers, politicians and everyday citizens mingled with gangsters, gamblers, showgirls and celebrities for hot jazz. Eileen Burns, formerly of the world renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Demetrius Steinmetz of the distinguished Tri-C Jazz program bring some of the city’s best players together for a whirlwind tour of songs made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Ruth Brown, Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee.

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Library programs sponsored by the Friends!



Friends Book Sales

Friends Lakewood Arts Festival Sale
Saturday, August 2
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friends Fall Sale
Saturday, October 18
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the Friends and receive entrance to a special, members-only preview sale on Thursday October 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Memberships may be purchased at the door or with the form below.

Printable Donation Form

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The Internal Revenue Service recognizes the Friends of Lakewood Public Library as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Donations to the Friends of Lakewood Public Library are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by the law.

Dues are tax-deductible and renewable annually in January.

Join! Click here for a friendly membership form!