Friends of DCL strive to enrich the community by assisting the library with financial support and volunteer activities. Your FDCL annual membership dollars and fundraising events help make a better library for all. 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 and magazines in the small shop in the library lobby, as well as the annual book sale.

Money raised through activities and through membership contributions have allowed for the digitization of historical photographs, archival supplies and the purchase of compact shelving for the archives. FDCL funds also support the purchase of subscriptions to online resources. Mango Language Learning, Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest and Chilton’s Auto Repair are all sponsored by Friends.

How to become a Friend

Interested in becoming a Friend of DCL? 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

Used Book Store

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 All books come from donations from the public or from withdrawn library books. It is a marvelous way to recycle books and provide money for the library. The bookshop provides an ongoing variety of books for easy purchase at $2 for hardbacks and $1 for paperbacks and AV materials. There are frequent special deals on children’s books for even less! The ongoing magazine sale is also popular. You can pick up a used magazine for a dime or get 12 for $1. The book store is open during all open library hours.

FDCL Board Members and Leadership


President: Rich Thorson

Secretary: Chelsey Kolpin

Treasurer: Amy Blanchard

Newsletter: Linda Buck

Board Members: 

Lou Bryan, Linda Buck, Rob Clower, Dee Cowan, Renee Deitrich, Jeff Dickey-Chasins, Valorie Larsson, Jane McFee, Nichelle Plate, Montie Redenius, Suzanne Redenius, Russ Tabbert, Marilyn Kennett (ex officio)