What the Friends Do

The Friends are a group of people trying to help our library by volunteering, fundraising, and trying to make a difference. We use the money that we raise to purchase extra things for the library that are not included in the library's budget.

We hold 4 events per year: Spring Book Sale, Parking Lot Sale, Fall Book Sale, and Holiday Book Sale. See our Calendar for dates/times.

Donations - Donations of used books are always accepted for our book sales - anytime the library is open. See our Donation Guidelines. Volunteers are always needed to sort donated books or work at events. Call 248 625-2212 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

Memorial Books - We also accept donations to add new books to the library’s collection in honor or in memory of someone who loves or loved books and reading.  Simply fill out the form and mail or deliver it to the library along with your check made out to the Friends of the Independence Township Library.  Honor and Memorial books include a plate recognizing the honoree and the donor.  An acknowledgement letter is sent to the individual you specify, and you will receive a letter recognizing your tax deductible donation.  If you have questions, please call the library at 248-625-2212.

Teen Art Show - The Friends also support the library's art show for teens.

How the Friends Help the Library

We try to purchase "extras" for our library that aren't in their budget. The library staff prepares a wish list twice a year for the Friends to consider purchasing for the Library. The Friends have recently provided:

  • Children's Programs (Baffling Bill, Summer Reading, Pumpkin Carving, and more!)
  • Children's Literacy Education Computers
    DearReader.com - Online Book Club
    Laminating Machine
  • CD/DVD Display Cases
  • Bike Racks
  • Wireless Access
  • New Computers and Mobile Computer Cart
  • Remodeled Teen Lounge

Who are the Friends

Anyone that wants to join and support our library! We're really just a fun group that's always looking for new volunteers. We currently have over 250 members. Our Board meets monthly on the second Wednesday.

  • President - Julie Meyer
  • President Elect -Vacant
  • Past President - Bill Kunse
  • Secretary - Janet Coffing
  • Treasurer - Jan Rimar
  • Membership - Carol McNally
  • Library Advisory Board Committee - Vacant
  • Newsletter Editor - Don Nisbett
  • Library Director - Julie Meredith
  • Programs Chairperson - Malini Rao

Join Us!

The benefits of Friends members include quarterly newsletters, admission to members only previews before book sales, and having a say in how money is spent to support the library at meetings twice a year. We also look for Friends to volunteer at book sales and Friends sponsored events at the library. Click here to print off a membership form and simply mail it in or bring it to the library.

Friends Events

  • When: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Youth Activities Room

    Friends of the Independence Township Library Board Meeting
  • When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Community Meeting Room

    You Geeked the library! As a thank-you, we are geeking cookies! Drop in to the library to enjoy cookies and light refreshment and get a preview of what will be happening at the library in...
  • When: Friday, September 19, 2014 - All Day
    Where: Community Meeting Room

    Friends Book Sale setup
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