Northville District Library

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Closed Sundays for Summer
Phone: 248-349-3020

Friends of the Library

Friends Sponsored Events

Friends Sponsored Events

The Friends of the Northville Library sponsor special programs throughout the year for the community.  Please visit this page regularly to learn about upcoming events.


Sundaes on Sunday

Sunday, October 19 at 1-4 pm
Please join us for this fun event in the Library's Carlo meeting room to thank and honor our Friends' members. All are invited!

Previously Sponsored Events

  • Battle of the Books
  • Annual Book & Author Luncheons
  • Library Fundraisers
  • Summer Reading Programs
  • Sundaes on Sunday, an event to thank and honor our Friends members (October 2013)

Friends Special Programs

Read to Me

  It's never too early to begin reading to your baby! The Read to Me program (formerly Books for Babies), sponsored by the Friends of the Library, provides parents of babies with a complimentary gift bag filled with a board book, bib, library services information, and more. We encourage you to make an appointment to bring your baby for a visit to the library and receive a free gift bag. All babies up to a year old living in Northville City or Township are eligible.

Please contact Read to Me Coordinator, Judy DeFrancesco, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange for delivery of the free Read to Me bag of goodies. Or, stop by the Information Desk to request a Read to Me contact card to telephone Judy. We look forward to meeting you and your baby!

Friends of the Library Books for Babies Coordinator Judy DeFrancesco presents two new library visitors with free gift bags as part of the Books for Babies program.

Agreement Between the Friends of the Northville District Library and the Northville District Library


The Association of Library Trustee Advocates, Friends, and Foundations (ALTAFF) strongly recommends that Friends organizations, Library Administrations and Trustees establish an agreement in order to clarify respective roles, responsibilities and expectations. This process-oriented document is designed to transcend any personnel changes in any of the three stakeholders over the years. Nonetheless, it is a compact that should be reviewed annually to determine whether any changes are warranted.

In furtherance of these recommendations, the Friends of the Northville District Library, the Administration of the Northville District Library and the Trustees of the Northville District Library agree as follows:

The Friends:
Agree to include a member of the Library Administration as a non-voting presence at all Board meetings and to allow a place on the agenda for a Library report.

Shall provide a representative or send a report each month for the public meeting of the Northville District Library Board of Trustees to update them on Friends activities and pending projects.

Agree to publicly support the Library and its policies.

Agree to engage in advocacy efforts on behalf of the Library under the guidance of the Library Director and the Board of Trustees.

Agree that if they cease to actively raise funds and promote the Library, they will disband, allowing for the formation of a new Friends of the Library group to be established in the future.

Agree to work directly with the Library Administration when proposing new Friends' projects or carrying out new Friends' programs.

The Library Director:
Agrees to update the Friends on the long-term planning process of the Library to help ensure that the Friends are aware of the goals and direction of the Library.

Agrees to share with the Friends the Library's funding and volunteer needs and discuss with the Friends how their resources and support might help toward filling those needs.

Agrees to publicly acknowledge the contributions of the Friends, as is practicable, on flyers, brochures, and displays, as a means of promoting the Friends, helping to recognize their efforts, and attracting new members, which ultimately results in more funding and community support for the Library.

Agrees to discuss with the Friends options for storage, sorting and sales of used books as well as office needs.

Agrees to discuss with the Friends space for a gift store in the Library when allocating Library space.

Agrees to assist the Friends, if possible, with promotional materials, duplication services, meeting room arrangements and scheduling coordination.

Agrees to display the Friends' brochures, membership materials and promotional notices in keeping with the Library Policy on Displays.

Agrees to allow Friends access to the Main Display Case on an equal basis with other community groups for the purpose of promoting the Friends Membership Drive and the Friends Gift Store.

The Board of Trustees:
Agrees to choose a volunteer from the Board or a designee from the Library Administration to attend the Friends Board meeting, when possible, as a non-voting member. The designee will report on policy and the issues that may be germane to the Friends.

FINANCES: It is recognized that the Friends of the Northville District Library is an independent 501 (c)(3) organization with responsibilities to its library, its constitution, its members and the citizens of the community. All monies raised will be spent exclusively for Library programs and services, Friends programs, Friends operating expenses, and other defined Library or Friends needs unless otherwise agreed to by both the Friends and the Library.

The Library Director will provide and discuss cost estimates of items on an annual "Wish List" for the upcoming Friends Fiscal Year (March to Feb) with the Friends Finance Committee no later than February of each year.

Criteria for approval of Wish List items will include its ability to meet the standards set forth in the Friends Constitution. Fiduciary responsibility to Friends members and donors will also be of primary concern to the Friends' Finance Committee before making recommendations to the full Friends Board.

Any questions regarding any item shall be forwarded to the Library Administration for clarification at the next Friends Board meeting, where final approval shall be considered. The Library Administration agrees to share with the Friends Board its method for selecting the item and the method used to select the provider during these discussions.

The Library Director has the final say in accepting or declining any and all gifts to the Library.

After approval of the items on the Wish List, the Friends shall provide a check for the agreed upon amount for that item during the fiscal year.


Agreed on the dates set forth below.


Friends of the Northville District Library

_________________________________ Date: ______________, 2009

Paul Snyder                                 President
Northville District Library Board of Trustees

_________________________________ Date: ______________, 2009

Robert Sochacki                          Chair
Northville District Library Administration

_________________________________ Date: ______________, 2009
Julie Herrin                                    Director
Northville District Library

Good Libraries Need Good Friends!

Join the Friends

The Friends of the Library would like YOU to join them! This is an active, supportive group that helps the Library in many ways. Your membership dues, along with other fund-raising efforts such as Used Book Sales and Friends Gift Store sales, support Library projects and events. Funds raised by the Friends go toward annual support for the Summer Reading programs, Battle of the Books, and most recently, the newly digitized Northville Record, which allows for online searching for newspaper articles. Be as active as you wish, volunteer to help with Summer Reading sign up, used book sales and much more.

The role of the Friends of the Library is to advocate for the Library and help raise funds to enhance the Library.  There are many different ways to get involved, including volunteering for various Library activities such as the Summer Reading Program, Battle of the Books, and Used Book sales.  Please consider joining this active support group!  Download Membership Application (PDF)


Ways to Volunteer

Friends also provide critical volunteer help for special events and fund-raising activities.  It’s a great way to meet others with similar interests!

  • Assist in the Friends Gift Store or the Book Cellar
  • Help register youth for Summer Reading Program in June
  • Help with Used Book Sales
  • Be part of Bakers on Call to provide refreshments
  • Serve as a Director on the Friends Board


Friends Funding Support for the Library

Funds are raised through Friends membership dues, proceeds from the Book Cellar and the Friends Gift Store, our annual Used Book Sale, and other special projects.  The Friends have donated more than $350,000 to the Library since 1992.  Examples of what the Friends funding has provided include:

  • Annual support for programs and supplies for the Summer Reading Programs for Children, Teens, and Adults.
  • Portable cart of wireless laptops for Computer Classes
  • Digital Microfilm Reader in Local History Room
  • Computers for Local History use
  • New Library signage
  • Seed money for new collections, such as Books on CD and Music CDs
  • Fiber art sculpture in the Library’s Clerestory by renowned artist Gerhardt Knodel


To learn more, please read the By-Laws.

You may contact Carol Oldenburg with questions.

Friends By-Laws

The name of this organization shall be Friends of the Northville District Library, Inc.

Mission Statement

Through fundraising and volunteer effort, our mission is to promote, support, encourage, and enhance the services of the Northville District Library and to help build a strong relationship between the library and the community of Northville.

Article I - Membership and Dues

Section 1. Membership in this organization shall be open to all individuals in agreement with its purpose.

Section 2. Members shall pay annual dues as determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 3. Each membership shall be entitled to one vote at the annual meeting.

Article II - Officers, Directors and their duties

Section 1. The direction of affairs of this organization shall rest with the Board of Directors with the President serving as presiding officer.

Section 1. a. The officers of this organization shall be: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Corresponding Secretary. At least four but no more than eight directors will also serve. These persons shall constitute the Board of Directors and shall have the power to transact the business of the organization.

Section 1.b. The Officers and Directors shall be elected by a majority vote of those at the annual meeting. Officers shall serve for a term of one year. Directors shall be elected for a two-year term. Vacant elective office positions may be filled by Board action to serve only the remainder of a term.

Section 1.c. Nominations for Officers and Directors shall be presented by a Nominating Committee at the annual meeting. The Nominating Committee shall consist of three members appointed by the President. At the annual meeting nominations from the floor will be invited. No one shall be accepted for nomination without his/her prior approval.

Section 1.d. An Officer, Director, or Volunteer may be removed from board or volunteer service for failing to meet the obligations of office, or when their actions become incompatible with the mission of the Friends as determined by the Board of Directors. A motion for removal must be made by a member of the Board of Directors at which time the Officer, Director, or Volunteer will be provided the opportunity to contest the action. Discussion will be entertained prior to a vote being called. A removal vote may take place at a regular or specially called meeting of the Board after a motion is seconded where a quorum is present. It will take a two-thirds majority of present Board members to remove an Officer, Director, or Volunteer from duty. When unable to reach a quorum, an email vote may be conducted to obtain a two-thirds vote.

Section 1.e. A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of regular business affairs.

Section 2. The President shall interact with the library director to ascertain the direction and needs of the library; attend and report at the Library Board meetings; preside over and conduct meetings; and, appoint all committees and be an ex-officio member thereof.

Section 3. The Vice President shall organize the activities of the organization, and perform the duties of the President in the absence of the President.

Section 4. The Treasurer shall keep and maintain the financial records of the organization.

Section 5. The Recording Secretary shall record attendance and take minutes at all meetings.

Section 6. The Corresponding Secretary shall receive, read, and conduct all correspondence and reports pertaining to the organization and assist other Board mailings as needed, (i.e. membership correspondence).

Article III – Committees

The President shall appoint committees, and chairpersons, such as membership, newsletter, publicity, book sale, programs, audit, and others as needed.

Article IV - Meetings

Section 1. Regular meetings shall be held monthly unless otherwise directed by the President.

Section 2. The annual meeting shall be held in March for the purpose of electing officers, to receive reports, and to transact other business.

Section 3. Special meetings may be called by the President.

Section 4. A written or e-mail notice shall be sent to each member at least two weeks prior to the date of the annual meeting or special meeting. The call for a special meeting must state the business to be transacted and no business shall be transacted except for that stated in the call.

Article V - Funds

Section 1. All dues and funds are to be payable and deposited in the account of the organization. The Board of Directors shall have the discretion to approve "in kind" donations.

Section 2. An annual review shall be made of the organization's accounts. The auditor(s) will be appointed by the President and may not be members of the Board of Directors.

Section 3. The fiscal year is March 1 through the last day of February.

Section 4. No individual Member or Director of the Corporation shall have any title to or interest in the corporate property or earnings in his or her private capacity and no part of the net earnings of this Corporation shall be distributed to, or used to the benefit of any Member, Director, or Officer of this Corporation, contributor or private individual.

Article VI – Amendments

These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the membership in attendance at the annual meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose.

Revised and approved at Annual Meeting: March 21, 2013 (Carol Oldenburg, President)
Retyped with amendments Annual Meeting 2009, by Paul Snyder
Retyped with amendments March 2008, by Paul Snyder
Retyped June 2006, by James T. Morche'
Retyped May 1998, by Lynn Parkllan

Gift Store

Member Shopping Days

Friday May 2 - Sunday May 4

Members of the Friends always receive a 10% discount on regularly priced merchandise in the gift store. Member Shopping Days are a semi-annual event during which members of the Friends receive a 25% discount on purchases in the store. ( clearance items, Geek shirts and books from the Historical Society are excluded).




Unique finds at reasonable prices!
Located just inside the Library’s main entrance, you will find a small shop filled with delightful items! Shop here for small toys, games, puzzles, jewelry, frames, puppets, backpacks, books, and more!

The Friends Store is completely staffed by volunteers.  All proceeds from the Store benefit the Library. Phone: 248-348-5001

Winter/Fall Hours (September - May):

Monday – Friday: 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday:  10 am - 4 pm
Sunday:  1:30 pm - 4 pm

Summer Hours (June - August):

Monday – Thursday: 11 am - 5 pm
Friday: 11 am - 3 pm
Saturday:  10 am - 4 pm

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