“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.” - Jean Vanier
Who are the Friends?
The FRIENDS of Harrison Township Public Library provide the volunteer base, fundraising efforts, and enthusiasm that anchors our library to the community. Township residents and Library patrons who volunteer and/or donate will see their support going directly to the library and its programs.
With the support and financial assistance from the FRIENDS, the Harrison Township Public Library will become a vital resource and gathering place for all township residents.
The FRIENDS of Harrison Township Public Library recognize the library as the center for culture and learning within our community. The FRIENDS sponsor programs and support new library technologies, while working to enhance our library’s connection to the community.
Become a Friend
Membership costs just $15 per year for individuals or $20 per year for an entire family. You can pay by credit card online or, or download a membership for to pay by cash or check.
Cash or Check
If you prefer to pay by cash or check, download and print the membership application. If paying by check, make payable to Friends of Harrison Township Public Library and mail to:
c/o Harrison Township Public Library
38255 L'Anse Creuse St, Ste A
Harrison Township, MI 48045
You can also drop off your membership form and cash or check payment at the library during regular hours.
What The Friends do
- Hold fundraising events
- Promote the library
- Volunteer at events
- Provide and maintain township book nooks
- Solicit donations, endowments, and bequests
- Conduct ongoing used book sale
What Friends Fund
- 50% of children’s & adult programing
- Paper and electronics shred days
- Materials outside the library’s budget
- Millage campaigns
Benefits of Being a Friend
Friends gain great satisfaction from helping the library. Friendships develop as members share common interests and work together for the benefit of the community.
Membership also entitles you to:
- Friends only social events
- Early entry into Cookie Walk
- More to come
Bake sale at St. Hubert’s Fish Fry – first Friday of Lent
Everyone’s Birthday Party – Spring
Concerts at Waterfront Park – Summer
SummerLori’s Lick “Em Up – Summer
Bingo at Tucker Center – Fall
Cookie Walk – 1st Saturday in December
Used book sale – Ongoing
Friends - Board of Directors
President – Sylvia Arakelian (email@example.com)
Vice President – Beverley Ortman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer – Linda Silvonen (email@example.com)
Secretary – Margaret Tiesler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Member-at-Large – Laura Johnson
Member-at-Large – Tida Coleman
Member-at-Large – Jan Greenup
Old, New, and Gently Used Books
Buy a used book, or two or three
The Friends run a continuous book sale in the library. Prices range from $0.25 to $1.00.
BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) Sales are held throughout the year. Watch your email and our Facebook page for announcements.
Donating Books and Other Materials
When donating items to the library as well as the Book Nooks please keep in mind the following item may apply.
- Contact the library to see if they are accepting donations as space is limited.
- Bring books to the circulation desk during regular operating hours.
- Do not leave book donations in the after-hours drop box or outside of the library doors.
- Only donate books in good condition.
- The library does not accept cassette or VHS tapes, encyclopedias, coffee table books, magazines, or vinyl records.
Other Ways to Support the Friends
Purchase an engraved paver for the library’s walkway
A permanent way to honor a loved one or say whatever you want to say. Available for $100, $70 for two or more.
Make a donation, memorial or honorarium
"I Love My Library" Yard Sign
Proudly display your support for HTPL - Friends with a "I Love My Library" Yard Sign. Stop by the circulation desk to pick up your FREE sign today!
Support the Friends with every grocery purchase at Kroger!
Books, Books, and More Books
The Friends maintain four Book Nooks, located throughout the township. The nooks are stocked with books for all ages and are free for the taking. If you would like to add a book, please do so.
The Friend’s board meets quarterly, and all members are invited to attend the meetings. Meetings are held the second Thursday of January, April, July, and October. The meetings are held at the library and begin at 6:30 unless otherwise noted.[/su_column]