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 Friends generate funds in support of the library primarily through the sale of donated books, magazines and other materials in the Friends of the Library (FOL) book sale. Donated materials can be dropped off at either SPL branch. The Friends also host several fundraisers throughout the year to sponsor various initiatives, including the library's popular Summer Reading Club.
Friends of the Library Book Sale & Donations
Book Sale: The Friends have an ongoing sale at both Grove City (in the Friends of the Library Book Sale Room) and at Westland (in the entrance lobby). Special sales are also held periodically. Stay up-to-date with Friends sales and events through their website or Facebook page.
Donations: The libraries are pleased to receive gently used books that are in great to new condition. We do not accept dictionaries, textbooks or encyclopedias. The library does not recycle books that are in bad condition, so we appreciate not receiving yellowed, musty, stained or torn materials. All items will be placed in the Friends Book Shop that are for sale or reserved for larger book sales and fundraising events. Staff are unable to assist patrons with bringing in donations to the libraries. A bin/basket is set up in each sale room where you can place your donations. Proceeds support numerous library programs and activities including the Summer Reading Challenge. Thank you for your support!
Join the Friends
Become a member of the Friends online through the Friends' website or pick up a membership application at either Grove City or Westland.
Membership options and fees are:
|Student/Senior (55+) annual
|Individual lifetime (one-time fee)
|Benefactor (one-time donation)
Checks should be made payable to: Friends of Southwest Public Libraries, 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123.
Kroger Community Rewards Program
Enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program to support the library through the Friends! When enrolled shoppers swipe their loyalty card at checkout, Kroger will donate funds to the organization of their choosing at no added cost. Shoppers will still receive their own Kroger rewards, including coupons and fuel perks.
All participants in the Kroger Community Rewards program must re-enroll each year to continue supporting their chosen organization.
Click here to enroll or renew enrollment to support the library. The ID for Southwest Public Libraries is VJ928.
FOL BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED
July 17, 2023—The Friends of Southwest Public Libraries is pleased to announce the election of new board members Bill Diehl, Michelle Lindsey, and Rhonda Maynard to the Board of the Friends of Southwest Public Libraries. The term of office is three years, commencing January 1, 2023. The FOL Board looks forward to working with these new members.
The Friends Board for the year 2023 includes:
- President: Carol Rorick
- Vice President: Open
- Secretary: Theresa Myers
- Treasurer/Publicity: Rhonda Maynard
- Bill Diehl
- Michelle Lindsey - Membership Chairperson