The Friends of the Longmont Library is a non-profit organization created and maintained to actively raise funds for all kinds of Library programs, services, and materials. The Friends are invaluable partners in providing the things that our patrons most love about the Library. See a partial list here. By joining the Friends, you'll help support the Library and receive discounts on book sales, a newsletter, and a special library card. So go ahead and be our Friend!
We need all kinds of volunteers at the Library! It takes a lot of work from a lot of people to create as many programs and services as we offer. If you have the time, we can definitely use the help!
We even have special opportunities for Teen Volunteers.
The Friends of the Longmont Library sell books daily in our lobby bookstore, monthly at their book sales in the meeting room, and yearly at their "The Big One" Book Sale in April, in the Library and the Civic Center indoor mall. All the proceeds from sales of the books are returned to the Library and used to fund some of our best-loved programs and services. Visit the Friends' website to see the book sale schedule.
We are grateful that Longmont has a City Council and taxpayers who value the work the Library does, but it is our supplemental funding that enables us to provide the extra touches that make our Library so special. Consider a monetary donation or estate-planning gift to keep our community of readers and writers growing and thriving. Visit our WishList webpage or contact the Library's administrative office for more details by calling 303-651-8795.
5. Sponsor the Purchase of a New Book
Sponsoring the purchase of a new book is a unique and lasting way to commemorate an occasion or a honor a person, and it's simple: you tell us what kind of literary interests fit the occasion or interest, and our librarians select a book for the collection that matches one of those interests. Then, before it is shelved, the sponsor's or honoree's name is added to a page in the front of the book, so that readers years from now will recognize that this book and this purchase were special. We can do children's, young adults, or adult books, fiction or nonfiction. For more information on this program, contact the Library's administrative office at 303-651-8795.
6. Donate Unwanted Books and Magazines
If you have books or magazines you're no longer reading, give them to us! We accept hardback and paperback books, but we do not accept textbooks that are more than five years old. Librarians who select books for the collection sort through donated items and select those items that they feel are best suited to the Library's collection according to collection development policy and guidelines. Any items not selected for inclusion in the collection are given to the Friends of the Longmont Library and included in their sales. We also take magazines and Reader's Digest condensed books, but these are placed on the free tables and do not go into the collection.
7. Deliver Books to our Homebound Patrons
Some of our community members cannot visit the Library due to illness or disability, so we take the Library to them with our Homebound Services. Our Homebound Services group always needs additional selectors and drivers to pull together desired books and deliver them to patrons across the City. Read more about our Homebound Services. Then, if you'd like to help with this important service, please call 303-651-8795 to apply.
Each year in December, the Library has an annual fundraiser that allows patrons to "buy" a book to donate to the Library collection. It's like giving a gift to our community of readers, and it allows the Library collections to add items we might not otherwise be able to. Stop by the Library lobby to "shop," and know that your gift will be enjoyed by many of your neighbors all year long.
The Library Board is an advisory committee comprised of five community members appointed by the City Council to serve five-year terms. The Board prepares our long-range plan, reviews our annual budget request, considers all policy matters, advises the City Council, and prepares an annual report. The Library Board is a great behind-the-scenes way to be involved and help us in our goal of constantly improving.
We are YOUR Library, and we want to hear from you. If you like something we're doing, tell your friends, family, and City Council members so that we can keep doing it. Give us a shout-out on social media, send a thumbs-up email, or just sing our praises to your neighbors. And, if you feel that we've messed up in some way, please let us know so that we can fix it. Your Library is funded mostly from your tax dollars, and we take our public obligation very seriously. We strive to deliver the highest quality of services, programming, and materials, and we're always looking to improve.