Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Six Mile Regional Library District (FOL) is a group of people interested in books, library services, and our community. The FOL works to increase public awareness of all library services and facilities. The group assists in bringing funds and materials to the Six Mile Regional Library District to use for special needs beyond the command of the library budget. The FOL encourages gifts of books, desireable collections, endowments and memorials. Also, the FOL serves as a vaulable resource to the library and staff through various volunteer projects. Applications are available at both library locations, as well as through the link below.
Be a Friend Application
Download the application in PDF form
What the Friends Do
Founded in 1983, the Friends of the Library has been involved in a variety of activities.
The main Friends event and fund-raiser is the annual Book Fair/Sale held at Wilson Park Ice Rink. This three-day event is held the end of May/beginning of June.
In the fall, there is a half-day book sale on the Patio of the Johnson Road library building. The proceeds of the sales and membership dues are used to fund donations to the library district.
The Friends donate funds to help support the Summer Reading Program for the children of our communities. Our children are our future and the FOL feels it is very important to foster a love of books and reading at an early age. All summer there are special events and performers at both library locations provided by the generosity of the Friends. We want to encourage children to be involved with reading and the library.
The Friends have provided the library with:
- A flag pole
- Book carts
- Three book drops
- A globe
- Equipment for the Youth Services Department
- And more
Other Activities include:
- Distribution of books and magazines at the Gateway Regional Medical Center
- Sponsorship of author appearances and book signings (Granite City’s Pulitzer Prizewinning author, Robert Olin Butler, has given readings at the library, courtesy of the Friends)
- Decoration of the library buildings for December holidays
- Participation in community events such as the Granite City Centennial Parade in 1996
- Sponsorship of presentations by guest speakers at meetings
The Friends of the Library provide our communities with several possibilities and opportunities that fall outside the capability of the Library District’s regular budget.
FOL Membership Benefits
Members of the Friends of the Library enjoy many privileges that include:
Newsletters and mailings announcing meetings and special events.
Free admission to the Book Fair on Preview Night.
Satisfaction from knowing you have taken an active role in improving your local library and your community.
Annual Book Fair/Sale
The Annual Book Fair/Sale is held at the Wilson Park Ice Rink. It takes place the first weekend after Memorial Day each year. Thursday is the preview sale. Admission is $5.00 unless you are a member of the Six Mile Regional Library Friends of the Library. Free Admission Friday and Saturday. Saturday a bag of books can be purchased for $5.00.
Books are 50 cents each except for special items, which are priced separately.
Thursday – 6 PM to 9 PM Preview Sale. Admission $5.00.
Friday – 4 PM to 9 PM Free Admission.
Saturday – 9 AM til Noon Free Admission. A bag of books can be purchased for $5.00.