On July 19, 2017, the Friends of the Library presented their second annual scholarship to Barberton High School student Rachel Berlin. Berlin plans to attend Malone University to study Business Administration in the fall of 2017.
Berlin grew up participating in the library's Summer Reading Club. Her library experience deepened as she grew and she says the library was a safe place for her and her fellow students to study or just relax, read, and be together. “I truly believe those early years developed my love of learning and reading,” said Berlin.
Little Free Library
The Friends established their first little free library at the Barberton Moose on November 4, 2016. The idea is to create a book exchange where you can take and leave a book as you are able. The Friends are working to establish three more little free libraries in Barberton, one on each side of town.
Little free libraries are an international movement bringing a sense of community to different areas and giving people of all ages and backgrounds access to free materials to promote literacy. Little Free Library is a not-for-profit organization established by Todd Bol of Wisconsin in 2009, who created the idea of a little free library. As of June 2016, 40,000 little free libraries have been established.
Volunteer to help with the Little Free Libraries of Barberton, and become a LFL Steward!
Who are the Friends?
The Friends of the Barberton Public Library exists to help enrich the services and materials provided to the community by the library. Through Friends support, additional programs and services that cannot be included in the Library's tax-supported budget are made possible. The Friends of the Library has two main sources of funding: the generous support of members who pay yearly dues and the revenues generated by book sales.
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How have the Friends helped the Library and the community?
- Support of programming such as the children's Summer Reading Club and Winter Reading Club
- Provides personal copies for students participating in Teen Book Club at Barberton High School
- Provided an AWE Early Literacy Station, with support from the Barberton Community Foundation, which allows children ages 2-8 years old access to over 70 educational software programs and 4,000 learning activities
- Support authors during their visit to the Library
- Provided a trade show display board for community events
- Memorial donations
Members of the Friends of the Library receive the library newsletter mailed to their home and are also entitled to a discount on the first day of the book sale. Book sales are usually held in the spring and the fall. Membership starts at just $3.00 per year for students and $5.00 for individuals. Joining is easy. Simply fill out a membership application and return it to the Library.
Current membership fees are:
Patron - $30 or more
Club or Business - $50.00 or more
Are you looking for another way to support your library? One way is to make a contribution to the Friends of the Library, a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributing is easy and secure when you make a donation via the Friends of the Library's Paypal account.
If you would prefer to donate by mail, please make your check or money order payable to “Friends of the Barberton Public Library” and drop it in the mail to us at:
602 W. Park Ave. Barberton, OH 44203
Donate Books and Materials to the Library
The Friends of the Library happily accept donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and more. Please read our donation guidelines before dropping off your items at the Library.
Support the Friends by shopping with Amazon Smile. Be sure to select the Friends as your charity of choice.
We would like to thank and recognize our generous corporate members:
Barberton City School District / Superintendent Jeffrey Ramnytz
Barberton Women's City Club
B-Lovely Beauty Salon
East of Chicago Pizza
Campfield - Hickman - Collier
Emmanuel Christian Assembly
Green Diamond Grille & Pub
Tom Clarke Auto Collision
Thank you for your support.