Friends of the Library

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2019 Friends of the Library Officers Elected

Congratulations to all who were elected to serve as officers for Friends of the Library during the year of 2019. The officers are as follows:

President - Janet Ehrich
Vice President - Kelly Fuller
Secretary - Patricia Warner
Treasurer - Anne Sweeney


Pat Baliga
Jennifer La Fleur
Scott Petty
Conrad Storad
Sara Vargo

graduation owlStudent Scholarship

Congratulations to Nicholas Ratay, who was awarded the 2018 Friends of the Library Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Ratay plans to attend Kent State University and major in Music Education. Ratay was the drum major for both the concert band and marching band at Barberton High School and brought Judge Judy to the 2018 Commencement ceremony at E. J. Thomas Hall with his essay on Barberton.

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. Learn about our Meetings and Officers

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How have the Friends helped the Library?

Jeremy James and Lazarus Romig play educational games on the new AWE Early Literacy Station.

  • 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, table covering, and canopy for community events
  • With the help of other community partners, the Friends have installed and work to maintain Little Free Libraries in several neighborhood locations.  This is a wonderful way to share the joy of reading with everyone in the community!  If you would like to help maintain Little Free Libraries, please volunteer to become a LFL Steward!
Would you like to be a member?
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:

Individual - $5.00
Family - $10.00
Patron - $30 or more
Club or Business - $50.00 or more

Your donation is important.
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: 

Friends of the Library
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.

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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: 

Campfield Hickman Funeral Home
The Barberton Herald
​Barberton Noon Kiwanis
Barberton Rotary

Barberton Women's City Club
Magic City Kiwanis
Friends of Mayor William Judge
Green Diamond Grille & Pub
Groovie Rubies
Women of the Moose

Thank you for your support.