The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library were established in 1980 to enhance library services, provide financial assistance for special events and to advocate for library needs. Currently, the Friends contribute more than $200,000 annually to the Library through fundraising efforts that include donations of materials, gifts to the collection, copier revenue, bequeaths and an annual used book sale held every January at the Hagen Ranch Road Branch.

"The Palm Beach County Public Library System is such a diverse community treasure!” said Friends president Alice Chambers. “I truly enjoy being an active member in its activities.”

Other officers and board members of the organization are Marc I. Bressman, Vice President; Robert Chambers, Treasurer; Anne Bressman, Secretary; Mary Ellen Beck; Jane Blevins; Erasmo B. Haibi; Danese Sloan-Kendall; Joyce Smith and Michael Smith.

“The Friends efforts allow us to offer activities for all ages that we would not be able to procure otherwise,” said library director Doug Crane. “The funds they raise support our mission to connect communities, inspire thought and enrich lives. I think most members would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.”

Please visit www.pbclibrary/friends to learn more about the Friends, find out how to become a member of the Friends or make a donation. Or visit one of the following locations: Gardens, Glades Road, Hagen Ranch Road, Main Library, Okeechobee Road, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, West Boca Branch, on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. to meet members of the Friends of the Library and get more information about the organization and how to join.

National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit