The Friends of the Library's purpose is to foster closer relations between the Library and the citizens of Coeur d'Alene and environs by promoting knowledge of the resources, services and needs of the Library. Through their activities and projects they assist in bringing to the Library funds for special needs beyond the Library budget.
The Friends work in conjunction with the Staff, Board of Trustees and the Library Foundation to improve and extend Library services and the facility. Friends may also serve as Volunteers in the Library.
Friends of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM at the Library.
Many volunteers make a difference in the effectiveness of this organization. One of the main purposes of the Friends organization is to supplement the library budget. Fund raising projects, such as the annual book sale, enable the organization to sponsor many activities, including the following:
- Annual Writer's Competition
- Children's Summer Reading Program
- Children's Stamp Club
- Friends' Newsletter
Some of the items the Friends of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library have purchased include:
- Library Furniture
- Book Carts
- Computer Equipment and Programs
- Directional Plates for Shelves in the Stacks
- Blinds for Windows
- Books on Tape
- Large Print Books
- New Books Annually
- HP DeskJet Printers
The Friends of the Library membership donates their time to raise money for the library – primarily through Second Story books, the volunteer-run used book store in the library lobby. Members also donate their time by assisting with programs and donating bake goods for program refreshments. Friends also donate though their annual membership dues renewed annually Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Dues include:
• Individuals: $ 10.00
• Family: $ 25.00
• Student: $ 5.00
• Business: $100.00
The Friends of the Library are recognized as a 501 c (3) organization by the IRS.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library accepts donations of gently used book, audiobooks, music CDs, and DVDs. All donations are reviewed for possible inclusions in the circulating collection. Donations are held to the same standards used to purchase items for the collection and are cataloged the same way. The library cannot guarantee that a donated item will be added to the collection, nor can any conditions be attached to the donations. Donated items not added to the collection become the property of the Friends of the Library and can be sold through Second Story Books or handled as that organization sees fit. Once a donation has been accepted items cannot be returned to the donor regardless of how they will be used.
Donations that cannot be accepted include:
• Damaged, moldy, or soiled items.
• Books with a strong tobacco or other scent.
• Out-of-date encyclopedia and other reference materials.
• Out-of-date computer manuals.
• LPs and other vinyl records.
The library also reserves the right to decline large contributions of such items as VHS tapes, music and book cassettes, and magazine collections. If you have a large donation to bring to the library, please call ahead so staff can make arrangements. Library staff cannot pickup donations from homes or other locations.