Friends of the Library

Who Are We?

The Friends of the Library is a group that supports the library and its programs by receiving donated materials, sponsoring two book sales annually, distribution of a monthly library newsletter, and other promotional activities.


What Do We Do?

  • Monies donated through the annual book sales are used to fund programs and prizes for Summer Reading for all ages, author visits and special programs for the public.
  • Volunteer for book sale set up and staffing during the day.


Like to Join?

Support your local library by joining the Friends of the Library! Fill out the form below and send it (or stop by!) with payment. As a member, you will also receive our monthly newsletter by chosen format that includes information on upcoming programs, new materials, and more!

Meetings are open to the public and are held the 2nd Tuesday in February, March, April, May, August and November. May’s annual meeting includes a plant swap and fun program for the whole family!


History of Friends of the Library

On June 6, 1996, the Friends of Thorntown Public Library, Inc., was established to support the library with time/volunteerism, publicity, and finance.

After Karen Niemeyer had been hired in July, 1994, Ellen Witte told her, “The library needs a Friends group.”  At the organizational meeting Mark X. Sullivan was selected as president,  Donna Rice as vice president, Ellen Witte as secretary, and Gerald Caldwell as treasurer.  Nina Caldwell was also identified to serve on the board.  Dues were  $5.00 for individuals.  The name of the group was chosen, meeting dates determined, projects of interest discussed, and a committee established to develop by-laws.  Since the Lebanon Public Library had created a Friends group in 1986, the Thorntown Library reviewed the Lebanon history, appreciated having a model nearby, and  thanked Fern Miner for suggesting the information-sharing.  Ellen Witte can rightfully be called the mother of Thorntown Public Library’s Friends of the Library organization.