Friends of Drake Community Library

Friends of Drake Community Library strives to enrich the community by assisting the public library with financial support and volunteer activities.

If you are interested infriendslogo_png becoming a Friend of Drake Community Library, pick up a Friends form at the library (or download it here) or send your name, address and a check for one of the membership levels listed below to:

Friends of Drake Community Library
PO Box 648, Grinnell, IA 50112

You can also drop your membership form off at the library. They’ll be happy to pass it on to the Friends!

Membership Categories

Individual Membership is at least $15.00, the price of a children’s book
Family Membership is at least $25.00, the price of an adult book
Contributing Membership is at least $50.00, the price of a year’s periodical subscription
Patron Membership is at least $100.00, the price of a reference book
Life Membership is $500

FDCL Officers

President – Rich Thorson – 236-5330
Secretary – Chelsey Kolpin – 236-3750
Treasurer – Amy Blanchard – 236-0871
Newsletter – Jeff Dickey-Chasins – 236-7107

FDCL Board Members

Rob Clower
Vince Eckhart
Dawn Key
Dawn Jaeger
Marilyn Kennett (ex officio)
Valorie Larsson
Gary Mertens
Nichelle Plate
Suzanne Redenius
Barbara Tabbert


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Fundraising to benefit DCL

Friends projects include the Festival of Trees in December and sponsoring a speaker for the annual meeting.  An ongoing project involves the sale of used books, through the small shop in the library lobby as well as the annual book sale.  All books come from donations from the public and from withdrawn library books.  It is a marvelous way to recycle books and to provide money for the Library. The bookshop provides an ongoing variety of books for easy purchase at $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks or AV material. The ongoing magazine sale is also popular. You can pick up a used magazine for a dime or get 12 for a dollar. The bookstore is open during all open library hours.

Money raised through activities and through membership contributions most recently have been used to purchase subscriptions to online resources for use by library patrons.  Mango Language Learning, Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, Gale Virtual Reference Library and the Chilton’s Auto Repair Library are sponsored by Friends!  Funds raised through Friends have also allowed for the digitization of historical photographs, archival supplies, and the purchase of compact shelving for the archives.

Grinnell’s Voices From the Past: The Depression and World War II Oral History Project

Friends of, what was then, Stewart Library embarked on an oral history project in 1992 to record the memories of a group of twenty residents who lived in Grinnell during the Great Depression of the 1930s and 1940s.

The material presented in this online version includes all twenty of the transcribed interviews plus audio clips from nine of the interviews. The photographs and video are included in full. The original materials, including full recordings and transcripts of the interviews are available at the library.