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Friends of the Library


The Friends of the Lowell Public Library

The Friends of the Lowell Public Library, Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to support and enhance the Lowell Public Library and the Schneider and Shelby branch libraries.

New members are always welcome! Sit in on a meeting and find out how the Friends support our library.

Membership is open to all who support the aims and purposes of the Friends of the Lowell Public Library.


FOUNDED in 1973 by Alice VanNada

RESIDENTS pledging their time, interest and enthusiasm to support our library

INVOLVED in fundraising to expand and enrich library programs

ENCOURAGE community participation in Children’s, Teen, Adult and Senior programs at all three locations

NURTURE and co-sponsor programs such as Santa Story Time and the Student Art Exhibit

DONATED $12,600 to the library for community programs 2017 – 2018

STRIVE to make our Friends of the Library group the most welcoming and active in all of Lake County


Please feel free to stop by a meeting. Enjoy some refreshments while talking to the members about the purpose of the Friends of the Lowell Public Library.

Meetings are held in the library the 1st Wednesday of the month at 5:00 PM during the months of Jan., Mar., Apr., Jun., Sept., Oct. and Nov.


The Friends sponsor many fundraisers in order to raise money to donate to the library.

Ongoing fundraisers include selling flash drives, ear buds, coloring books, ornaments decorated with an image of the Lowell library and offering a book sale. The ongoing “book” sale includes books, magazines, audiobooks, music CDs and DVDs. The last Saturday of each month there is a $3 bag sale for books and magazines. Items available depend on donations from the community. If you’re interested in donating items in good condition contact the library at 219-696-7704 for more information.

The Friends also offer special fundraisers throughout the year like the annual Spring Rummage Sale in April. Thanks to generous donations of items from members, library staff and the community the fundraiser is a much anticipated and successful event.

Social Events

We have fun too! In addition to meetings, the Friends enjoy social events and outings. During the months of Feb., Aug., and Dec. we combine the meeting with a social event. The dates, times and locations are decided at the prior month’s meeting.

In February we enjoy a dinner out, in August a picnic and in December we celebrate with a tree trimming, party and potluck. Newcomers are always welcome to any social event or meeting.


Simply fill out the application and pay your dues. Both can be turned in at the front desk or mailed to the library.

Annual minimum dues of $5.00 are to be paid in January. New and renewing members are able to chose one free book from the Friends of the Library ongoing Book Sale when they turn in their application.


Become a member and take an active role in the organization! We value our members- they promote library services, events and volunteer when needed. Members also participate in fundraising initiatives like the ongoing book sale and annual rummage sale. Once you’re ready, consider becoming an officer!


President: Sandi
Vice-President: Jo
Treasurer: Gayle
Secretary: Betty
Corresponding Secretary: Gloria
Historian: Amy

President, Treasurer and Historian are elected in odd numbered years. Vice-President, Secretary and Corresponding Secretary are elected in even numbered years.