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?

The large meeting room at the Mercer Island Library set up for one of the MIFOL's periodic large book sales.

The large meeting room at the Mercer Island Library set up for one of the MIFOL's periodic large book sales.

  • 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. Also through an ongoing shelf sale at the entrance to the library. There is a black cash box on the left when you enter the library. The sale runs on an honor system.

  • Through contributions and memorials; and

  • Through membership dues.

How do the Friends use funds raised?

"Salt Hands" by Ted Rands, a Mercer Island children's book author and artist. This art work was purchased for the Mercer Island Library by the MIFOL.

"Salt Hands" by Ted Rands, a Mercer Island children's book author and artist. This art work was purchased for the Mercer Island Library by the MIFOL.

  • 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, a Maria Abrams mural, and the pedestal for Tony Angell‘s Sunning Otter.

How can you help the Friends?

  • By bringing unwanted books and cd’s in good condition to the library and donating them to the Friends. We have a donation bin behind the front desk where you may drop books any time the library is open. Please be aware that we do not accept books that are ripped, dirty, or smelly. We also do not accept encyclopedias, magazines, obsolete technical materials, vcr tapes or cassettes. By bringing these items to the library, all you do is increase it’s trash collection expenses.

  • By helping us set up and conduct our periodic book sales;

  • By planning and hosting programs and functions;

  • By sorting and boxing donated books

  • By providing new energy, ideas, and talent to keep the organization moving forward; and

  • By making a donation to help us fund our programs.

Shoppers at the Friends of the Mercer Island Library's book sale in April, 2011.

Shoppers at the Friends of the Mercer Island Library's book sale in April, 2011.