Friends of a Public Library

“An open book now can open doors later".
 ~~Ed Asner, Actor (1929- )

The Friends of a Public Library is a non-policy making and non-profit organization whose purpose is to focus public attention on the need and importance of Marshall Public Library services, stimulate use of the library’s resources, receiving and encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests and support and cooperate with the library in maintaining services and facilities.



For as little as 3 cents a day, you can help the Friends of a Public Library in their efforts to directly support the programs and services of the library.  Individuals interested in joining Friends may complete the membership form available here and return or mail it to the library. 


Book Sales for 2019

February 8-16 (Sneak Peek on February 7)

May 10-18 (Sneak Peek on May 9)

August 9-17 (Sneak Peek on August 8)

October 11-19 (Sneak Peek on October 10)

*Sneak Peek is exclusively for Friends members, but memberships are available at the door!  The book sale starts at 9:30 each morning and ends 30 minutes before the library closes.



Per the Friends' Constitution, officers are elected for a one-year term at the general membership meeting in May and assume office on July 1.  Current officers are:

David Collins, President

Steve Flohr, Vice President

Ginny Harris, Secretary

Narcie Crosby, Treasurer

A Board of Directors, limited to no more than 30 members plus past presidents, are elected annually and serve three year terms.



Two annual meetings of the entire membership are held in May and December.  In addition to these meetings, the Board of Directors meets on the first Monday of August, October, February and April. For 2018-2019, the meeting schedule is as follows:

  • August 6, 2018 (Board of Directors)
  • October 1, 2018 (Board of Directors)
  • December 3, 2018 (General Membership/Potluck Dinner)
  • February 4, 2019 (Board of Directors)
  • April 1, 2019 (Board of Directors)
  • May 6, 2019 (General Membership/Potluck Dinner)
The Executive Committee, consisting of the officers of the Friends organization, periodically have special-called meetings. 



The Friends organization has five standing committees.  These committees and their responsibilites are outlined in the Friends' By-Laws.  Friends members are encouraged to participate in one or more committees. The committees and current chairpersons are:

Membership.....Ginny Harris

Programs & Special Events.....vacant

Book Sale.....Steve Flohr

Hospitality.....Mary Lynn Vassar

Nominating.....David Collins 




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