Friends of the Big Rapids Library

Help us support literacy in Big Rapids!

Friends of the Library Board

Mark Vanderlist - President

Lynn Anderson - Vice President

Jerena Keys - Treasurer

Ena Dakkuri/Karen Motawi - Secretary



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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 eBook delivery & devices

  • Preschool Story Times

  • Homebound Delivery (for homebound & elderly patrons)

  • Book Discussion Groups

  • Continued enhancements to indoor & outdoor spaces at the Library

Fundraisers include:

  • Annual Used Book Sale (Labor Day Weekend)

  • Chicken BBQ at the Sawmill Saloon (June)

  • 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 or becoming an active member, there are many areas where we can have your help. These areas include:

  • Volunteer hours to assist the Library Staff

  • Fundraising events

  • Used Book Sales

  • Summer Reading Program & Activities

  • Catch 'em in the Cradle

  • Preschool Story Time

  • Newsletters, Facebook, and/or website

  • Outdoor spaces and landscaping

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

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Call Us 


426 S. Michigan Ave.

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Phone (231) 796-5234

Fax (231) 796-1078

Library Hours
Monday            10am-5pm
Tuesday            11am-7pm
Wednesday     10am-5pm
Thursday          11am-7pm
Friday               10am-5pm 
Saturday           9am-12pm
Sunday              Closed

Text 231-216-8942

to speak to a librarian.