The citizens of Milwaukie have always been dedicated supporters of their library. In 1952, the "Friends of the Milwaukie Library" was started, primarily through the efforts of Zenas Olson. Mrs. Olson was described by the Milwaukie Review as being "one of Milwaukie's most faithful fighters for an adequate library." The Friends of the Ledding Library adopted a new name and became a nonprofit corporation in 1979. With the help of a dedicated group of tireless workers, the Friends have pursued their mission -- to support the Ledding Library through volunteer services, fund raising and the sharing of information that will benefit the community.
It's easy to join the Friends of the Ledding Library. Membership forms are available at the library's front desk. An individual yearly membership is just $10.00. A sustaining member ship costs $20.00 per year. (Sustaining members like to support the library, but do not have time to volunteer). A lifetime is $100.00. Thank you for considering the Friends of the Ledding Library.
From time to time, members of the Friends may be called on to support the Ledding Library in the community. Friends' members often attend meetings in which the library is discussed or write letters on behalf of the library.
Proceeds from fundraising projects allow the Friends to support programs for children and adults, as well as to assist the library by purchasing special equipment and materials that otherwise could not be afforded. For example, the Friends have purchased eight Internet stations, one computer workstation, shelving, tables, chairs and a new circulation desk countertop for the library. The group is responsible for underwriting the popular Children's Summer Reading Program and the "First Saturday" series of programs for adults.
Fred Meyer's Community Rewards Program: Want to give the Friends of the Ledding Library financial support at no cost to you? The Friends are enrolled in the Fred Meyer community rewards program. By linking your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Friends of the Ledding Library you can enable Freddy donations every time you go shopping! Just visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and insert our Non Profit Number (NPO) by clicking the "link your rewards card now" button and logging in or creating a Fred Meyer account. If you don't have a Fred Meyer card don't worry, you can sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk of any Fred Meyer store. Friends of the Ledding Library NPO # is 89908.
The Pond House Used Book Store: Located at 2215 SE Harrison in Milwaukie, just across the pond from the library. The store is run by the Friends and is open every Friday and Saturday from 11AM – 4PM.
Book Sale: Held every year in June, the book sale is the Friends' main fundraising project. Friends and other volunteers who staff the book sale help in many ways, by sorting books, collecting money and selling raffle tickets.
Plant Sale: Another spring activity sponsored by the Friends of the Library is the annual plant sale. Fantastic bargains on trees, shrubs, flowers and plants can always be found. Gardening books and gifts are for sale as well. This is a sale that you won't want to miss.
Volunteer Brunch: The Friends of the Ledding Library hold an annual brunch for the library's volunteers, to let them know how much they are appreciated. The brunch is catered by a local restaurant and has always been a lot of fun for everyone involved.
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