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The Friends are members of a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Bettendorf Public Library. The Friends contribute to the purchase of books and materials, to Library programs for adults and children, and to other expenditures beyond the Library's budget.
Funds are raised through an annual membership drive, two Book Fairs each year, collection of used books and magazines for re-sale, owning
and operating a copier for Library patrons, and an annual Holiday Bazaar.
Meetings are held monthly at the Library, September through June, on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
For more information about volunteering with the Friends, contact the Bettendorf Public Library Volunteer Coordinator. For questions about the book fairs or bazaar, contact the Administrative Assistant at 563-344-4177.
Friends memberships can be purchased at the Book Fairs, or at the Service Desk at the Library. The application can be downloaded for printing here and mailed to the Library at 2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf, IA 52722. Individual memberships are $5 and a family membership is $10.
Calling all jigsaw puzzle lovers! The Friends are looking for gently used puzzles you no longer wish to keep, but don’t want to throw away. The Friends will be collecting puzzles to support the Library’s puzzle share program. Donations of both puzzles and books for the book sales may be placed in the bins in the alcove near the entrance to the Coffee Hound during regular Library hours.
If you are a current Friends member or have been in the past, you will receive a letter in February for the membership drive. Please consider joining the Friends for the 2020 year. If you are not a member and would like to support the Friends, information on joining is always available at the Library and at the monthly Friends Meetings. The Friends meet the first Tuesday of each month from September through June, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library. Whether you are a member or not, please consider attending a meeting to learn more. Joining the Friends is an affordable way to support the Library and grants you access to preview sales.
The next Friends Book Sale will be held April 3-5. The Members Preview Sale will be held on Friday, April 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you are not a Friends member, you can purchase a membership prior to the preview sale or at the door on the evening of the sale. The Friends Book Sale will be open to nonmembers on April 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and April 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.