The Friends of the Richmond Public Library organization advocates for our Richmond Public Library, raises funds and provides critical program support. Thousands of kids, teens and adults benefit yearly from the Friends’ sponsored activities of our library.

Books can take you anyplace on the globe you’d like to go.

Libraries are a force for literacy, school success and lifelong education. Throughout U.S. history, librarians have combated censorship and worked for freedoms we hold dear: the freedom of speech and expression along with the freedom of reading.

Our members and donors recognize the importance of our library. Beyond being storehouses of knowledge, libraries form the hearts of communities. Through free resources and programs, people can realize their full potential.

Mission & History

Since our incorporation as a non-profit in 1982, the Friends of the Richmond Public Library has supported library programs. Whether storytimes for kids or activities for teens and adults, we open doors of opportunity. The Friends help to supplement the Library’s budget from the City, which might not be able to meet all of the community’s needs.

Programs We Support

Art at the Main Branch
Art at the Main Branch

The Friends support ongoing and special programs at all three branches and the bookmobile. So far this year they include:

  • Children, Teen and Adult Summer Reading Programs with Prizes
  • Scholarships to Teens
  • S.A.T. Preparation Course
  • Drumming Program
  • Puppet Shows
  • Leatherwork
  • All about Bats
  • Homework Help
  • STEAM Programs
  • Lego Model Making
  • Reading Buddies

2018 – 2019 Board Members

The Board of Directors meets every other month to accomplish our goals. Directors are elected at our May annual meeting. The Board is composed of the following individuals:

Elaine Dockens – President

Emma Clark – Vice President

Cindy Valentine – Treasurer

Don Woodrow – Secretary

Harriet Welsh – Director and Membership

Ellen Gailing – Director and Book Sale Liaison

Ray Pedersen – Director and Website

In addition, we have a Library Liaison:

Katy Curl – Library and Cultural Services Director of the City of Richmond