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.

April 19                  Hot Djang!
In the 1930s, Django Rheinhardt was the epitome of cool and the living embodiment of Gypsy jazz. This five-piece acoustic ensemble takes us back to wild, roaring times in Paris at its finest. Violinist Reed Simon has worked with some of the best, including Tony Mattolla and vibraphonist Gary Burton. Eric Seddon's clarinet solos soar over the history of jazz from New Orleans roots through subtle swing to modern complexity. The highly regarded Kevin Richards has shared stages with Mac Martin, Jorma Kaukonen and Robert Lockwood Jr. Brad Smedley, the heart of the band, has studied under several of the best jazz guitarists, and contrabassist Bryan Thomas has performed with Vic Damone, Russell Malone, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and Ernie Krivda, to name but a few.

April 26                   Adam Miller
“I have always had a great interest in how folk songs travel through history, and how history travels through folk songs.” One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam Miller is a renowned American folk singer and natural-born storyteller. An accomplished folklorist, musicologist, historian and song-collector, he has amassed a remarkable repertoire of over five thousand songs. Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies. A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages.

May 3                       Jody Getz & Friends
Jody Getz is a musician's musician, known for the company she keeps. Her laid back group originally came together as a gathering of friends, but when they cut loose and fooled around with zydeco, blues, folk, rock and pop, they discovered a new sound that they just couldn’t put down. Now they want to play it for you. Bassist George Lee, guitarist John Lucic and legendary blues man Wallace Coleman join the award-winning songwriter with her name in the title for funky new arrangements of popular songs and brand new original compositions that feel like old favorites. This is the sound of friends having fun with the music they love.



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Library programs sponsored by the Friends!



Friends Book Sales

Friends Summer Bag Sale
Saturday, June 13
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Arts Festival Sale
Saturday, August 1
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the Friends and receive entrance to special, members-only preview sales on Thursday March 26 and Thursday June 11 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!