The Friends are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers who work to support the library by:
- Raising funds to support library programs and projects;
- Encouraging and stimulating increased use of the library and its resources;
- Assisting library staff, as needed, with their projects and tasks; and
- Encouraging cooperation with other Island cultural and educational groups.
How do the Friends raise funds?
- Through the sale of donated books, DVDs, and CDs at periodic large book sales as well as ongoing smaller-sized sales at the Mercer Library;
- Through contributions and memorials; and
- Through membership dues.
How do the Friends use funds raised?
- We support a wide variety of programs and functions that appeal to all segments of the community;
- We have purchased original artworks, such as Salt Hands (see the above photo) by Mercer Island children's book writer Ted Rand;
- We have purchased equipment and furnishings for the Mercer Island Library, such as a lectern, puppets, an LCD projector, a digital camera, and a sofa, table, and chairs; and
- We have commissioned artworks for the Mercer Island Library, such as Marjett Schille‘s watercolors, an Maria Abrams mural, and the pedestal for Tony Angell‘s Sunning Otter.
How can you help the Friends?
- By helping us set up and conduct our periodic book sales;
- By planning and hosting programs and functions;
- By sorting and boxing donated books (our famous "boxing parties");
- By providing new energy, ideas, and talent to keep the organization moving forward; and
- By making a donation to help us fund our programs.