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Friends of Marshalltown Public Library

Friends of Marshalltown Public Library contribute to the library by providing funding for new materials for the public to check out, funding programming for youth through adults, and running the Annual Book Sale. Anyone can become a Friend of the Library at any time during the year.

The Friends of Marshalltown Public Library is a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) corporation established in 1997. The mission of Friends is to support and promote the programs, resources, and services of Marshalltown Public Library. The Friends organization solicits gifts, endowments, and bequests for the benefit of the library. Become a friend by downloading and filling out the Membership Form. Send your membership information and donation to Friends of Marshalltown Public Library, 105 West Boone Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158. Membership forms and information are also available at the library.

Annual Letter ____________________________________

April 24, 2013

Dear Friends,

On April 23, 2013, it was announced that the Marshalltown Public Library is a winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The award will be presented to members of the Board of Trustees and library staff in a ceremony in Washington DC on May 8.  This is great news for Marshalltown and celebrates the exceptional work of our dedicated library staff.

Under the leadership of library director Sarah Rosenblum, the Marshalltown Public Library continues to open the doors to patrons to the whole world through books, various forms of technology, and innovative programming. The library, a place of possibilities, serves a diverse population from babes in arms to senior citizens.

Members of the Friends of Marshalltown Public Library make an important contribution to the success of our library.  Last year, funds raised by Friends made the following additional materials and services possible:

  • Purchase of eBooks and books on CD
  • Purchase of books for beginning readers
  • Sponsored the MHS Book Club, Lit over Lunch – a monthly discussion group
  • Presented fall and spring Monday Movie Matinees
  • Purchase of non-fiction books to increase that collection
  • Supported the VolunTeen Program of 50 teen volunteers who helped with the library’s Summer Reading Program
  • Sponsored a slam poet
  • Sponsored our First Annual Scrabble Tournament
  • Sponsored the Adult Summer Reading Program

This year – with your membership assistance – we look forward to exciting new possibilities for the Marshalltown Public Library and Marshalltown citizens.  In addition to the ongoing book sale at the library, Friends of the Library holds just two fundraising events annually: our Annual Book Sale of donated books and our membership drive.

I encourage you to become a Friend in 2013.  Membership at the $25.00 level will provide funds for the purchase of one library bound book to enhance our collection.  A response card is provided for your convenience.

Thank you for your support!

David Giese
President of the Friends of Marshalltown Public Library’s Board of Directors



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Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: Closed

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