Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library logoA community organization supporting and promoting the Library.  The Friends sponsors activities to raise funds for the purchase of library materials and equipment, and underwrites programming to benefit all library users.

Become a member of the Friends of the Library: Membership form

Please be aware that Friends dues will increase June 1, 2022. This is the first increase in dues in 20 years. The new dues will be: Individual $15, Senior (60 and older) $10, Family (Mom, Dad, & kids 18 & under) $25, and Supporting Member $25.

The Friends of the Library meet bi-monthly (Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., Dec.) on the third Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

President: Marge Oberg
Vice President: Joan Degen
Secretary: Patricia Kessel
Treasurer: Linda Stopani
Financial Secretary: Open
Book Sale Liaison: Joan Degen
Marketing: Kathy O’Brien
Membership: Marge Oberg
Publicity: Open

Additional Participants:
Library Liaison: Kathleen Cizek
Library Director: Karen Archibald

Off the shelf newsletter

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Friends of the library book sale

The Nicholson Memorial Library System's Friends of the Library organization holds an annual book sale at South Garland Branch Library. Shoppers may find bargains on a wide variety of adult and children's books, fiction and nonfiction, paperback and hardcover, and reference books, as well as puzzles, DVDs, audio books, computer games and more. Dates for 2023 TBD.


Take some time now to clean out your closets and bookshelves and donate the books and media that you no longer need or want. Newer items and items in good condition will be considered for the library collection.  Items the library does not add to the collection are passed along to the Friends of the library for their annual book sale.  Items the Library and the Friends will take include:

  • Books of all kinds: fiction and non-fiction
  • Books on all subjects
  • Books for all ages
  • Books in foreign languages
  • Magazines
  • DVDs
  • CDs

Donated items may be dropped off at any Garland library location. If you need assistance carrying in your donations, please ask for help at the Check-out Desk.  Items that are not in good enough condition for the library collection or the Friends of the Library book sale will be brought to a book recycling center.