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Friends of the Library

The Friends of Southwest Public Libraries is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports the mission of Southwest Public Libraries. The group conducts fundraising, volunteer work, public awareness efforts and literacy programs in the community on behalf of the library.

The 2019 Friends of the Library Board includes President Carol Rorick, President Emeritus Laura Harper, Vice President Averil MacKenzie, Treasurer Susan Roy, Secretary Suzanne Norris, Assistant Secretary-Treasuer Virginia “Ginnie” Milliken, and members Nancy Hopkins, Marilyn Larkin, and Deb Fultz.

The Friends generate most of its money for the library through the sale of donated books, magazines and other materials. Donated materials can be dropped off at either SPL branch.

Patrons can also enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, which designates a portion of their purchases at Kroger stores to be donated to the Friends. All participants in the Kroger Community Rewards program must re-enroll each year to continue earning rewards for their chosen organization. To enroll, visit

Membership applications are available at both Grove City and Westland Area branches. Annual membership fees are $5 for students/seniors (55+), $15 for individuals and $30 for families. The lifetime membership fees for individuals is $200.

Checks should be made payable to: Friends of Southwest Public Libraries, 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123.

Currently, there are three vacancies on the Friends board. To apply, please send an application letter with your name and home address to: Friends of Southwest Public Libraries, 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123.