FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

The Friends of the Library, a voluntary membership organization with over 1,200 members, recognizes that excellence in library services enhances the quality of life in our community.

Books Again Grand Opening Chartered in 1960, FOL continues to support the growth of the Pueblo City-County Library District and its energetic programs. FOL operates a used book store "Books Again", which opened in 2005, to fund library programs, including the award-winning summer reading program, reading and writing contests and a bookmark design contest, as well as other unique and popular library projects.

The Friends of the Library annual meeting is held each April to elect board members for the coming year, to present the projected annual budget, and to give an annual report of services and activities. In addition, there is a dinner and special entertainment.

Funds raised through membership fees and sales at the Books Again Used Bookstore are used for many extra special projects at the library and its branches. Library employees may submit requests for funding special projects by filling out the Request for Funding Proposal form, available at the Books Again, and returning it there. Consideration of these requests is done twice a year by the Project Selection Committee of the Friends of the Library.

Since Friends of the Library was founded in 1960, over $1,000,000 has been donated to benefit Pueblo City-County Library District.

Membership in Friends of the Library

Membership income makes the library even better

Individual Membership, $15; Family, $20; Gold Card, $30; Platinum Card, $50; Business, $50; Benefactor, $100; and Patron Member, $500.

All Friends of the Library Family Memberships and above may, at no additional cost, register the children living in their home from the age of presechool to 4th grade (Kids' Club) or 5th grade and up (Young Readers League) in our Young Friends of the Library Club. Benefits include: Colorful personal membership card; special member party once each year; buy one get one free on all books in the Children and Youth Department at Books Again Used Book Store; and special benefits for members at Library Summer Reading Events. See membership form for details.

Click here for a membership form . Print the form, fill in requested information, and mail to Friends of the Pueblo City-County Library District, 622 S Union, Pueblo, Colorado 81004 , or ask for a membership form at any library location.

Membership benefits:

Individual/Family Members: Receive 10% discount at Books Again and mailed copy of News & Events.

Gold/Platinum/Business Members: Receive 10% discount at Books Again, mailed copy of newsletter and a valuable premium.

Benefactor/Patron Members: Receive 20% discount at Books Again, mailed copy of newsletter and valuable premium.

All Members: Admittance to the Special One Day Preview Sale, for Members Only, before our huge Semi-Annual Books-by-the-Bag Sale held in May and October. Invitations to unique Friends’ programs and annual meeting program, including dinner and entertainment, and elected membership to the Friends of the Library Board of Directors.

Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting

The Friends of the Pueblo City/County Library District held their Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting at the Rawlings Library on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Among other items of business, the following slate of FOL Board officers was elected for 2019:

  • President - Eveyln Clayton
  • Vice President - Laura Savage
  • Secretary - David Wagner
  • Treasurer - Leslie Carroll

The featured speaker was Maria Tucker, who gave an illustrated talk on Andrew McClellan, the main benefactor of the orignal library building in Pueblo. Her presentation provided insights into a fascinating Puebloan, but also highlighted the kind of historical information available in her section of the Rawlings Library.

Brooke Reideman and Maggie Wren gave a presentation on the upcoming IdeaCon on May 4 that is supported by funding from Friends of the Library. The FOL will have a booth at IdeaCon that Eileen Arnot will manage. She will have books to sell, Japanese snacks, FOL membership forms and more.

Roy Miltner was honored with the 9th annual "Friend of the Year" award.

  • Roy has been involved with the Pueblo City-County Library District since 1998. He has served on both the Friends of the Library Board as well as the Library Board of Trustees. Roy was a key supporter of expanding the district with the addition of three new libraries in 2014.
  • His work with Books Again helped move it forward from an idea to a reality with the used bookstore's opening in 2005. Prior to this, he started the library's used book sales at the University of Southern Colorado, now CSU-Pueblo.
  • Currently, Roy manages the history and sports section of the store--receiving numerous compliments from customers. To help serve volunteers and customers better, Roy compiled a stores policies and procedures manual.
  • A dedicated volunteer, Roy has consistently contributed at a high level to the store's success for the past 20 years.
  • Click here to read Roy's acceptance speech.

Doris Kester, Becky Sudduth and Dustin Hodge,, outgoing FOL Board Members, were recognized for their dedicated service.

Accomplishments May 2018 - April 2019 -- Our 59th Year

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Here is a partial list of what the Friends of the Library accomplished in 2018 - 2019:

Educational and Recreational Activities

The Friends had a direct, positive impact on many Pueblo County youth in the following ways:
  • Judged 1,318 entries in the Scary Story Contest, with winners receiving the booklet of winning stories and a gift certificate to Books Again, and a Folkmanis puppet.
  • Sponsored the Friends of the Library Youth Creative Writing Contest with 116 entries.
  • Judged the Pueblo Girls Essay Contest for girls grades 3-5. Each grade winner received an American Girl Doll and book, and all runners-up received an American Girl book at the 5th Annual High Tea Awards Ceremony.
  • Sponsored the Create Your Own Dr. Seuss Character Contest by providing Books Again gift certificates to the winners and refreshments at the awards ceremony. Winners also received a booklet of the winning entries and a Dr. Seuss prize package. There were 1,379 figments of stuedents' imaginations received!
  • Will present Books Again gift certificates to the winners of the Poetry Contest awards ceremony in May.
  • Donated $6,500 to the Pueblo City-County Library District's Summer Reading program.
  • Donated $5,000 to the youth reading program.
  • Donated $11,500 to the Library District for the All Pueblo Reads program.

Informational and Cultural Activities:

  • The Project Selection Committee of the Friends awarded funds that totaled $46, 646.35 to fulfill 50 grant requests from library employees.
  • Provided $3,000 towards the printing and postage for News & Events. The newsletter is an important communication tool for informing the community of library programs, news services, and Friends' activities. The newsletter reached over 20,000 people and organizations last year.
  • Selected Becky Sudduth as their honoree for the Outstanding Women Awards in celebration of Women's History Month.
  • Awarded one scholarship to a library district employee seeking a Masters of Library Science.
  • Held the annual meeting on April 19.

What makes this possible?

To make these contributions possible, the Friends raise funds through memberships and the sale of used books.

  • Memberships total 1,257.
  • Books Again,the FOL used book store, had gross sales in 2018 of $104,592.77 and profits of $53,634.45.
  • During 2018, Books Again volunteers donated more than 8,480 hours to operate the store.
  • Since Books Again opened in July of 2005, over $713,702.76 in profits have been provided to the Friends of the Library to fund projects at the Pueblo Library District.
  • Gave away approximately 400 books to children at the Kids Parade.

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