Friends of the Big Rapids Library

Help us support literacy in Big Rapids!
Our Mission

The Friends of the Big Rapids Community Library exists to promote knowledge of our library and to enhance its value to the community. In an effort to support the development of library services and facilities, the Friends work to purchase materials and equipment with money raised, continue programs that promote literacy and a love of reading and develop new programs that will advance the goals of the Big Rapids Community Library.

We support programs such as:

  • Summer Reading Programs & Activities

  • Catch 'em in the Cradle (books for newborns)

  • Expansion of the library collection

  • Preschool Story Times

  • Homebound Delivery (for homebound & elderly patrons)

  • Book Discussion Groups

  • Continued enhancements to indoor & outdoor spaces at the Library

Fundraisers include:

  • Book Sales 

  • Chicken BBQ 

  • Endowment Fund

General membership meetings are held each April and November, while board meetings are held at 4:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month at the Library. Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings.

We are always accepting new members and volunteers! If you are interested in joining our organization as a donating member, you may mail or deliver a check in person to:

Friends of the Big Rapids Community Library

426 S. Michigan Avenue

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Annual membership fees are as follows:

  • Individual - $15

  • Family - $30

  • Book Lover - $50

  • Corporate - $100

  • Benefactor - $150

If you are interested in volunteering, there are many areas where we can use your help. These areas include:

  • Homebound Delivery

  • Fundraising Events

  • Used Book Sales

  • Summer Reading Program 

  • Preschool Story Time

  • Community Education Tables

  • Restocking Little Free Libraries

The Friends of the Big Rapids Community Library is a 501(C)3 organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

Friends of the Library Board Members

Mark Vanderlist - President
Lynn Anderson - Vice President
Jerena Keys - Treasurer
Ena Dakkuri - Secretary
Karen Motawi - Secretary



Join us for our monthly meetings! The first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m.
If you have any questions or are interested in joining our organization, please fill out the contact form below!

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