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ABOUT US

The mission of the Friends of the Merced County Library is to enhance, focus public attention on, and generate community support for Library services, facilities, and other needs in Merced County. The Friends, a non-profit organization for over 50 years, became a 501(c)3 non-profit in 1974.

The Friends’ annual budget supports programs and services at all13 branches of the Merced County Library. The Friends fund:

  • Summer Reading events and prizes
  • 1000 Books before Kindergarten
  • Other events and programs for children and for youth
  • Physical needs such as new furniture, security boxes, and landscaping
  • Lots of new books and media every year
  • Author visits and programs for every audience
The Friends selected a new and better bookmobile as their long-term goal in 2017 and have been saving about $10,000 a year towards the goal since then. Unfortunately in May 2019, the current bookmobile developed generator problems so the long-term goal become a more immediate need. The Friends meet their annual budget through donations, memberships, fundraisers and sales, and proceeds from the
Friends’ Bookstore.

The Friends of the Merced County Library incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in May 1967. The Friends contributed to the dedication of the new Merced branch in 1976 and financed the restoration of service after the cuts in the late 1980s. When the recession in 1993 forced the County Board of Supervisors to eliminate all Library funding, the Friends successfully lobbied the Board to provide one-third
of the Library’s previous level of support, held numerous fund raisers, and trained volunteers to replace paid staff. Thanks to a supportive community and the Friends, the Merced County Library survived the crisis. Since then, the Friends of the Merced County Library has continued to champion the countywide mission of the Library through advocacy and outreach, dollar gifts, program support, and volunteering.

Current Board of Directors:

President Susan Flinspach
Vice President Mary Badorine
Secretary Leigh-Ann Thornhill
Treasurer Connie Wright
Director Sharon Terry
Director Jeannette McCollum
Director Karen Albright
Director Susan Walsh
Director Diane Amussen
Director Anita Martin
Director Mary Hofmann

 

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Friends of the Merced County Library
PO Box 2463
Merced, CA 95344-0463

Email: friendsofmercedcountylibrary@gmail.com

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