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.

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.

May 17                        Sunday Afternoon Cinema: Red Dust
The jungle isn’t the only steamy element in one of Hollywood’s best pre-Code films. Released in 1932, the years have not dampened its appeal. The onscreen pairing of Clark Gable and Jean Harlow equals spontaneous combustion. He plays the overseer of an Indonesian rubber plantation, and she portrays a wise-cracking prostitute on the run. New employee Gene Raymond arrives with wife Mary Astor as the monsoon season blows in. Things between Gable and Astor heat up when the husband goes out on a surveying job causing the jealous Harlow to seethe. When Raymond finally returns, the affair has reached critical mass. Film enthusiast Barbara Steffek-Hill returns to the Lakewood Public Library to present a series of classic films chosen from her personal favorites.
Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium




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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!