Friends of the Library

What are the Friends of the Library?

The Friends of Pend Oreille County Library District is a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) all-volunteer group established in 1976. It provides funding for programs, events, technology and experiences in support of the Pend Oreille County Library District’s Mission to “connect our communities with opportunities to enrich lives through empowerment, lifelong learning, and recreation.” Funding items and experiences that fall outside the established District budget.

Library Friends groups around the world have traditionally raised money by holding book sales. While that is still a mainstay, our Friends are going outside the “covers” to raise library awareness as well as funds. After Hours Socials, a Collaborative Quilt Project (followed by a raffle), refurbished computers, and a possible “garage sale” are among the past and planned fundraising initiatives.

Currently, the Friends are supporting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for children aged birth to 5 living in Pend Oreille County.  Interested families can register online or in person at any library.  Each eligible registered child will receive an age-appropriate book each month through the mail at no cost to the parent.

The Friends are also raising funds to support the Newport Library Community Garden Project.  Crushed and bagged aluminum cans can be dropped at the recycle bin at the Newport Library’s back door to help fund this project. Additional funding comes from the sale of large, sturdy, reusable tote bags; they are offered for $4 at the library.  All profits will go to the garden project.

Each branch has an active and vibrant Friends group that works for their community.

Join The Friends and Help Your Community

Joining the Friends is easy!  Simply stop by any branch to grab a membership form or send an email.  

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The Friends of Pend Oreille County Library District welcome new members. You can never have too many Friends.

Get Involved!

The Library gets by with a little help from their Friends, and the Friends need more volunteers!

  Our volunteers have the ability to choose their level of commitment with tasks performed weekly, monthly, or sporadically.  We also try to match volunteer interests with tasks, leveraging your strengths to help make our organization more impactful. To learn more about being a friend, email Kat at

Donations POCLD Accepts

The Friends of the Library accept donations of quality used books and movies that can be either added to the library’s collection of materials or sold in book sales with proceeds going to the library.  Book donations are tax deductible and can be left at the branch of your choice at your convenience.

Monetary donations are also tax deductible and welcome.  Cash or checks made out to the Friends of the POCLD can be left at any branch.  Credit card donation can be made via PayPal.

The Friends cannot use the following items and ask that they are NOT donated:

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