Our Mission: Through fundraising and volunteer efforts, 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.

The Friends of the Library is an active group of volunteers dedicated to supporting the Northville District Library. The Friends assist the library through fundraising efforts, volunteer work, and act as advocates for the library. The Friends’ biggest fundraising efforts center around the used book operations. With a dedicated group of volunteers, we process all donated used books, sell them in the Used Book Cellar, as well as through an outside vendor. Additional funds are raised through the Friends Gift Store that sells unique and quality gifts for babies, kids and adults. Funds are also raised via the annual Friends membership dues. Membership is over 220 members.

How We Help the Library

Annual financial support of Library programs:

  • $12,000 – Youth, Teen and Adult Summer Reading Programs & the Community Reads Program
  • $ 2,500 – Battle of the Books
  • $ 3,660 – Miscellaneous budgeted items in support of programs, collections and facility

Amounts shown below include annual donations plus these special projects/items as noted:
2019: $34,658.74  Circulating Telescopes, Juvenile Playaways, Microfilm Restoration, Local History Photos & Matting, Fixit Bicycle Station, Furniture for Teen area, Barking Book Buddies program, "Every Brilliant Thing" performance
2018: $59,506.31  Friends Community Room furniture and equipment, Merlin Pro text to speech equipment for visually impaired
2017: $22,097.34 Workspace & chairs in Local History room, Reupholstery of wing back chairs
2016: $39,175.00 New meeting Room Chairs, Microfilm Printer
2015: $27,506.00 Stack lights, diaper changing stations, Wayne/Oakland City Plat Books, Book Club Kit bags
2014: $25,559.00 New chairs for public computers and new Youth Area chairs
2013: $34,449.00 New computer workstations for Youth Area
2012: $47,500.00 Northville Record digitization
2011: $62,150.00 Teen Area renovation
2010: $35,000.00  Meeting Room updates
2009: $37,300.00  Youth Area Renovation
1997 – 2008: $253,341.00
1996: $48,223.00 New Library built
1969 – 1996: $65,550.63
TOTAL TO DATE: $792,066.02

Information derived from meeting minutes and Annual Reports.

Become a member! Your dues go towards purchases for the Library, including furniture and equipment, support for the annual Summer Reading Programs, Battle of the Books, and much more. Simply being a member, you add value to your library. Your Friends’ membership is tax-deductible.

PATRON: $100*
LIFETIME: $1000*
TEEN: $5
*Patron and Lifetime members have the option of having their name printed on the Summer Reading Tote Bags every year.

Print a form and mail to:
Friends of the Northville District Library
212 W. Cady St., Northville, MI 48167

Get Involved as a Friends Member

As a Friends member, you can volunteer as little as an hour a month to a few hours a week or just help with one special event per year.

  • Help sell used books in the Book Cellar
  • Sort used book donations
  • Register kids for the Summer Reading Program
  • Help at the annual middle school Battle of the Books
  • Ask us about other ways to volunteer as a Friends member.

Join our Friends Board

We plan special programs for the Library, organize volunteers for Library events, and act as advocates for the Library. We have short meetings once a month (we take the summer off!)

If you have any questions, email our President, Martha Nork.

Left to Right:
Suzanne Braverman, Linda Schwelnus, Christine Litka, Linda Bolam, Martha Nork
Will Bastien, Linda Bastien, Regina Mingela, Claire Krehrer

Not Pictured:
Betty Kaiser, Carol Murray, Denise Stacer

Officers 2020

Martha Nork, President
Denise Stacer, Vice President
Rick Nork, Treasurer
Linda Bolam, Secretary

Program Chairs

Claire Kreher, Gift Book Program
Christine Litka, Public Relations & Newsletter
Regina Mingela & Carol Murray, Membership
Martha Nork, Gift Store
Will & Linda Bastien, Used Books
Linda Schwelnus, Gift Store Finances
Denise Stacer, Scholarships

Members – at – Large

Betty Kaiser
Suzanne Braverman

Friends Meeting Minutes