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Friends of Marshalltown Public Library

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 of the Library board officers
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 ____________________________________

April 11, 2016

Libraries are often considered the “heart” of a community due to their commitment and mission to serving people of all ages and from all walks of life. The Marshalltown Public Library is no exception. Our library encourages all community members – from our youth to our lifelong learners – to explore, interact, engage, and imagine.

The Friends of the Library are a member-supported group that advocates for the needs of the library. We offer opportunities to invest in our library and ultimately, our community, through donations of time or money.

WE STRENGTHEN the community through the Marshalltown Public Library by offering free access to a rich source of information. The Friends fund over 1,000 new books each year!

WE ENRICH Marshalltown by providing funds for diverse programs, resources, and services of the library that enliven our understanding of the world around us. This last year alone the Friends contributed to these programs: A film series with Tom LaVille, an art quilt presentation, music programming, and speakers for the PBS Dustbowl Series.

WE NURTURE AND EMPOWER our youth by funding: enhancements to the youth collection, Dîa de los Niños/Dîa de los Libros, holiday cookie decorating, the Minecraft event with Gamestop, book giveaways, and the recent Lit Over Lunch field trip.

I invite and encourage you to become a library Friend in 2016! There are several ways to become involved. Please consider the options below and fill out the form included.

  • RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR BECOME A FIRST-TIME MEMBER OF FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY – Fill out the membership form included in your mailing. Annual memberships start at $5 and any level helps support library activities. The Friends of the Library is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible. You can send it in via mail or online.

  • OFFER A PLANNED GIFT – Invest in the future of our library and our community. These gifts may take the form of bequests in a will, designation of the library as a beneficiary of a retirement asset, or other options. You can designate a specific amount or a percentage.

  • JOIN THE FRIENDS’ OF THE LIBRARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Express your interest in joining the Friends’ of the Library Board. A Friends’ Board member will follow-up with more information.

  • BECOME A VOLUNTEER – Volunteer to help with used book sales and special events.

For any questions, please contact the library. Help us support our community by continuing the award-winning standard of excellence at the Marshalltown Public Library. Thank you.

Fred Wyngarden - President



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Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday: 1pm-4pm

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