Pendleton Friends of the Library is an association of persons interested in books and libraries. Our goals are to focus public attention on our library’s services, facilities, and needs; and to stimulate gifts of books, magazines, desirable collections, endowments, bequests, and memorials to enhance our library and its service to the community.
How Did We Begin?
Pendleton Friends of the Library began in 1981 when a group of concerned individuals saw the need for an organization to support our library at a time of economic difficulty. At a general meeting called in February 1981, the Pendleton Friends of the Library was established, by-laws adopted, board members named, and officers elected. We currently have more than 250 members. We maintain membership in the national organization of Friends of the Library (FOLUSA).
Where Do Our Funds Come From?
Our funds come from membership dues, our annual fall book sale,various fundraisers, memorials, bequests and contributions. As a non-profit corporation, contributions we receive are tax deductible, according to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
How Do We Use Our Funds?
More than 80 percent of our funds go the Pendleton Public Library for the purchase of books and materials. An annual donation from the Friends, which has increased over the years to $10,000, continues to be an important part of the library’s book budget. This donation is used to acquire new books, audio books, and DVDs. Funds are also used to support Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), to present programs at the library and in the community, to sponsor a bookmark contest in the schools to create complimentary bookmarks for library patrons, and to publish and mail a newsletter to our members. We appreciate the many volunteers who make it possible to operate with virtually no administrative expense.
What Activities Do We Sponsor?
We encourage support of adequate funding for the Pendleton Public Library and the Umatilla County Special Library District which includes all 12 public libraries in Umatilla county.
We assist with children’s reading programs and other library activities.
We arrange to bring speakers, exhibits, and programs to the community, often collaborating with other organizations.
We help with the organization, funding, and distribution of approximately 1,500 books to Pendleton elementary school students twice each year, through the “Reading Is Fundamental” program.
We supplement the library’s periodical fund with an Adopt-A-Magazine program.
We sponsor an annual bookmark design contest for elementary students. The winning designs are printed on complimentary bookmarks for distribution to library patrons.
Our major fund-raising even is the annual fall book sale, held the first weekend in October. We collect and sort book donations throughout the year.
When Do We Meet?
Our board of 15 members meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 AM. Any member is welcome to attend. The entire membership is invited to participate in our annual meeting, which is held in spring and includes a dinner and a guest speaker. You can find our meeting minutes posted here and our newsletters posted here.
Won’t you join us in aiding the continued growth and service of our public library? Your membership demonstrates your support of the library and the services it offers to our community. You may also wish to assist with our other activities, such as the book sale, children’s programs at the library, RIF book distribution in schools, or serving as a board member for a two-year term. As a special bonus, members of the Pendleton Friends of the Library are invited to attend a members-only preview sale prior to opening the doors for general admission to our book sale. For information about our annual book sale please send an email to PendletonFriendsOfTheLibrary@gmail.com.
The Pendleton Friends of the Library is dedicated to aiding our library resources and programming. The main fundraiser each year is a huge book sale that takes place each October at the Pendleton Convention Center.
Should you care to make a donation, please make checks out to the Pendleton Friends of the Library. As a nonprofit corporation, contributions we receive are tax deductible, according to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.