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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Friends of the Baldwin Library. Friends indeed for 64 plus years

Maida  Portnoy, a City of Bloomfield Hills resident and a staunch  public library supporter  is seated far right  in the above picture. She has the distinction being the first City of Bloomfield Hills resident to serve on the Friends of The Baldwin Library Board.

Board Officers and Directors

Candace Repa
Vice President:
Mary Elizabeth Hannah
Linda Crook
Assistant Secretary:
Barbara Suhay
Joe Wolf
Assistant Treasurer:
Community Outreach:
Jerry Dreer
Book Sale:
Deb Mohatarem
Kevin O'Brien
Library Board Liaison:
Fran Stern
Jerry Dreer & Robert Kelly
Mary Hannah
Maida Portnoy
Staff Liaisons:
Doug Koschik, Matt Church, Josh Rouan, Betty Tremba

The Friends of the Baldwin Public Library Executive Board meets at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Board Room on the second Tuesday of each month with the exception of July and December.   The meetings are open to the public.To  Read The Friends  bylaws Click Here.

Membership Information

We welcome your membership in the Friends of Baldwin Public Library. We currently have approximately 500 members, some of whom are actively involved in the organization and others who support the organization solely through their annual dues. All of the money from our memberships and Book Sales goes to the Library for programs and materials above and beyond the Library budget. Please see Where Our Money Goes to learn about recent Friends' gifts to the Library.
Interested in becoming a friend of the library? Complete a Membership Form (please print the form or obtain a remittance envelope from the Library Circulation Desk).
Click here to read our current newsletter.

Book Sales

The Friends of Baldwin Public Library hold Book Sales twice yearly, in May and November. Over 10,000 books, sorted by category, are offered for sale. Members of the Friends are invited to the Friday evening preview night where they get first choice of the items on sale.  Click here to see information on our upcoming book sale.
The Friends raise upwards of $12,000 at each sale. All of the money goes to the Library for programs and materials over and above the Library budget. Please see Where Our Money Goes to learn about recent Friends' gifts to the Library.
Volunteers Needed
Volunteers staff the Book Sales and help to sort the books, DVDs and CDs that are donated throughout the year. To volunteer with the Friends, please email Josh Rouan or call 248-554-4683.
Book Sale Donations
All of the items we sell are donated. Tax deductible donations of books, CDs, DVDs, GameBoys, etc. are always accepted at the Library. Donations may be left on the shelves next to the elevator on the main floor of the Library. Ask for a tax receipt at the Circulation Desk.
The Friends will accept books and media in excellent to good condition.
The Friends cannot accept:
  • Magazines
  • Records
  • VHS tapes
  • Condensed Books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Self-taped videos, audios
  • Textbooks
  • Sets, such as Time-Life or American Heritage

Where Our Money Goes

nullIn January 2012, Doug Koschick, Library Director, accepted a generous donation in the amount of $36,000 from the Friends of the Baldwin Public Library. Friends Treasurer Joe Wolf presented Doug with the check.

The donation was used to fund a variety of programs and services at the Library.
The Friends of the Baldwin Public Library provide support for things like:
  • Programs for Youth, Teens and Adults 
  • Program Refreshments and Supplies 
  • Summer Reading Programs and Prizes 
  • Author Visits 
  • Book Club Titles 
  • Equipment 
  • Marketing, Outreach and Displays 
  • Computers and Other Technology 
  • Books & Beyond Newsletter

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