Friends of Drake Community Library strives to enrich the community by assisting the public library with financial support and volunteer activities.  Your Friends of DCL annual membership dollars and fundraising events help make a better library for all for the community. 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.

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.

How to become a Friend

If you are interested in 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

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 All books come from donations from the public and from withdrawn library books.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, with 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 a dollar. The bookstore 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, Renee Deitrich, Valorie Larsson, Nichelle Plate, Suzanne Redenius, Russ Tabbert,  Marilyn Kennett (ex officio)