About

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.
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 communitiy’s needs.

Board Members

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

Christine E. Volker- President

Emma Clark – Vice President

Cindy Valentine – Treasurer

Michele Ramos – Secretary

Kathy Haug – Director and Book Sale Liaison

Martha Bielawski – Director

Don Woodrow – Director

Gilberto A. Cooper – Member-at-large

In addition, we have an advisory member:

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