Friends of the Library

Frances L Simek Memorial Library


Who We Are

The Friends of the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library, Inc. (Friends) is a non-profit 501{c}-3 organization, dedicated to aid and promote the activities and services of the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library-Medford. Friends of the Library are the special people who give freely of their time, energy and enthusiasm to accomplish these goals.

There are volunteer projects to fit different times and talents. Volunteerism provides a chance to enhance the library and help the staff. Do you have some extra time? Are you looking for something new and would like to help the library? Join the FOL Volunteers

Volunteers can arrange their schedules for their convenience. Some people work on a regular schedule coming in once a week. Others prefer coming in when help is needed as an on-call volunteer.

It is easy to become a library volunteer. Just contact FOL Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Cypher or the library (748-2505).

What We Do

FOL members give support financially to the library, and many also choose to participate in other FOL sponsored activities such as:

  • Semi-annual Book Sale - twice a year the FOL volunteers organize a used book sale. Books donated by the public are for sale during the three day event (first day is FOL members only).
  • Assisting the Library Staff - Some people volunteer to come in on a regular basis and help the staff where and when needed. On occasion, volunteers provide hospitality needs for various library and FOL functions.
  • Shelf Help Day - The staff decides which area of the library needs a little extra tender loving care to make it more attractive and easier for the public to use. The Friends volunteer their time to get the job done.
  • Story time - Story time provides a high quality, developmental and age appropriate literature for preschool children during the school year.
  • Reading Discussion Series - The FOL Readers' Group meets in the large conference room on the third Tuesday of September, November, January, March and May at 7:00 pm for discussion of that month's featured book.
  • Tending The Library Gardens - Since we do not employ a gardener, the Friends took over the duties of planting and caring for the library gardens. This project is under the leadership of Kurt Radtke.
  • Display Shelves - The Friends change displays on the shelves at the library entrance. This is the perfect place to display additions to the library collection and let patrons know what is available at the library.
  • Events - Various presentation are sponsored by the FOL to share interesting topics or experiences with the community.
  • Publishing The FOL Membership Newsletter

When and Where We Meet

The Friends of the Library meet the 4th Monday of every month at Frances L. Simek Memorial Library in the large conference room at 7pm. There are no meetings in June, July, August or December.

Members receive a newsletter to keep them abreast of upcoming events that is published quarterly. They also have a special "members only" early shopping night for the book sale. But the biggest reward for becoming a member is the satisfaction of participating in the development of a first-class library.

FOL Funded Projects

The Friends bring in funds through membership dues, contributions and various fund raising activities. These funds provide:

  • Monthly stipend to purchase new books, videos, Wii games or other library media.
  • Annual support for the Children's Summer Reading Program and other children's programming.
  • Purchase of the annual Caldecott and Newbury award books.
  • Purchase of computer software to enable patrons to utilize computers without staff intervention.
  • Support for the continuing development of our library.
  • Additions to the library computer equipment.
  • Purchase of the microfilm reader and its related maintenance.
  • Book prizes for the Open House during National Library Week.
  • Continuing additions to the library collection.

Friends of the Library Board of Directors


Kim Wilson

Vice President

Monelle Johnson


Julie Prihoda


Mindy Thomas

Members at Large:

Doreen Eldred

Gail Hoffmann

Judy Pinkston

Mary Bix

Rose Marie Lebebvre


Standing Committees:


Ardis Meier


Doreen Eldred


Kurt Radtke


Corinne Liske

Display Shelves



Joleen Dassow

Ex-Officio Members:

Maxx Handel, Director

Open Position, Library Board Member


Semi-annual Book Sale

The Friends of the Library sponsor a book sale twice a year - in Spring and Fall. The proceeds of the sale help with special project needs at the library.

The dates and hours of the Fall 2019 book sale are:


October 16 (Members Only) 1-5:30PM

October 16 5:30-7PM

October 17 9-7PM

October 18 9-5PM


October 19 9AM-Noon

October 21 9AM-7PM

October 22 9AM-7PM.

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