Friends of Marshalltown Public Library contribute to the library by providing funding for new materials for the public to check out, funding programming
for youth through adults, and running the Annual Book Sale. Anyone can become a Friend of the Library at any time
during the year.
The Friends of Marshalltown Public Library is a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) corporation established in 1997. The mission of Friends is to support and promote the programs, resources, and services of Marshalltown Public Library. The Friends organization solicits gifts, endowments, and bequests for the benefit of the library. Become a friend by downloading and filling out the Membership Form. Send your membership information and donation to Friends of Marshalltown Public Library, 105 West Boone Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158. Membership forms and information are also available at the library.
Friends Board Officers: Back (from left to right): Vice President Alex Grasso and President Fred Wyngarden. Front (from left to right): Secretary Nancy Steveson and Treasurer Deb Tharp.
Friends Board Members: Jane Bauer, Janelle Carter, Aaron DeBoer, Harold Gourley, Janice Hubbard, Jeff Hutton, Ashley Johnson, Jennifer Lustyk, Sue Martin, Laura McIntosh, Judy Oswood, Kay Sinning, and Bruce Vircks.
Annual Letter ____________________________________
August 6, 2015
The Marshalltown Public Library is a warm, colorful, welcoming place to gather, browse, study and appreciate public art. In a recent Letter to the Editor of the Times Republican, Rick Deines declared that our library is the “best place in town.” I couldn’t agree more!
Library revenue comes primarily from the City and from the County. For the past five years, the Marshalltown Public Library budget has remained flat. Current funding for the Library is no longer adequate to maintain the quality of our collection, programs and services.
Recently, the Marshalltown City Council has approved placing a modest tax levy proposition on the November 3, 2015 general election ballot; I am asking the citizens of Marshalltown to support the library’s request for this additional funding.
With additional funding, our energetic and capable staff will be able to bring exciting diverse programs for all ages to the Marshalltown Library. In addition, the library would be able to increase hours of operation by providing service seven days a week, while increasing the number of volumes added to the collection and increasing technology options.
In the event that the levy fails to pass, the library will face the possibility of a reduction in hours of operation and significant cuts in funding for the collection, programs and cutting edge technology.
Marshalltown’s public library is an indispensable institution which serves community citizens in many meaningful ways: In 2014 alone, 287,092 items were checked out of the library; 298,561 individuals visited the library; 57,023 library users logged onto library computers; and more than 14,000 life-long learners attended one or more of the 465 creative or informational programs provided for patrons; with an additional 7,828 visitors using our meeting rooms.
I urge you to vote Yes for the library levy on Tuesday, November 3!
Our Marshalltown Public Library IS a warm, welcoming community center; our dedicated and gracious staff members generously provide exceptional and extensive library service.
Thank you for your support of our award-winning library and our
exceptional library staff! I encourage you to visit the “best place in Marshalltown” often.
David Giese, President: Friends of the Library