Friends of the Library

Contact the Friends

Do you have questions, comments, or ideas for the Friends? We'd love to hear from you! Let us know what's on your mind by sending us an email at


Friends Board Meetings

Wednesday, 7-8:45pm
Dec 9, Jan 13, Apr 13
(no meetings in Feb or Mar)

Everyone is welcome to the meetings and we cordially invite you to attend and become our friend. Age: 18+. Location: Board Room


Spot This

Keep an eye out for this image. Programs with this icon are sponsored by the Friends of the Novi Public Library.  Raised Hands 


Friends Kaleidoscope Lecture Series

Polar Bear Expedition of 1918*
Thursday, 7-8:30pm
September 17

President Wilson sent an infantry regiment to north Russia to fight the Bolsheviks and 75% of the Americans who made up the forces were from Michigan. The Friends of the Novi Library will partner with the Novi Historical Commission. Presenter Dr. Roger Crownover, holds a PhD in military history and just retired as Chair of the Department of History at Madonna University.

Age: 18+
Price: Free Community Event
Registration Begins: Aug 1
Location: Whole Meeting Room
Registration Ends: When Filled

Story Behind Victorian Cemeteries*
Monday, 7-8:30pm
October 12

Cemeteries and the way we honor our dead help tell our history. Where and how our loved ones were buried has evolved from the customs of the Native Americans and Puritans to the beginning of the Victorian Era in the 1830’s. The Friends of the Novi Library and the Novi Historical Commission partner to bring you speaker/historian Bill Grandstaff.

Age: 18+
Price: Free Community Event
Registration Begins: Aug 1
Location: Whole Meeting Room
Registration Ends: When Filled

*These are joint programs with the Novi Historical Commission.

Identity Theft & Financial Crimes/Scams
Tuesday, 7-8:30pm
November 10

Financial Crimes Investigator, Detective Jeremy Stempien of the Novi Police Department, is our special presenter. Scams continue to change as trends in society do. Detective Stempien will share his knowledge and helpful tips so you can avoid becoming a victim.

Age: 18+
Price: Free Community Event
Registration Begins: Aug 1
Location: Whole Meeting Room
Registration Ends: When Filled


Friends of the Library logoThe Friends of the Novi Public Library is a dynamic group of individuals dedicated to supporting the Novi Public Library. Almost 375 members strong, the Friends assist the library through fundraising activities, volunteer work, and public presentations.

 Why be a Friend?  

Friends Gala

In honor of 55 years, the Friends of the Novi Library held an invitation only gala on October 23, 2015. This event could not have been possible without the following sponsors and donors! Sponsors - The Taubman Company- Twelve Oaks Mall, O'Brien-Sullivan Funeral Home, Simon Property Group-Novi Town Center, Town & Country Eyecare and Life Time Fitness.  List of Donors

Dueling Pianos at the Friends Gala

Join the Friends

You can become a member of the Friends for as little as $10 for an individual membership or include your whole family for just $15. Just print and fill out this form. Send it and your check to Friends of the Novi Public Library, 45255 W. Ten Mile Road, Novi, Mi 48375.

If you have a PayPal account, you can join or renew at Friends PayPal Membership. Click on the link and enter your information. You will receive a receipt and we will get a copy to update our information.

As a member, you can get active in our fundraising or just be content to know that your membership fee is going to support library programs. Last year we made $27,000 from used book sales and membership after expenses. We gave $19,000 directly to the Library and spent $2000 for scholarships, $1000 on other Friends programs and had a surplus of $5000 to carry forward.

For more information, stop by the Book Nook or contact .

In the News ...

Spark's John Ratey
The Friends of the Novi Library we awarded the Elaine R. Irvin Grant from the Detroit Metro Book and Author Society for $1000 allowing us to participate in “Students for Success” and team with the Novi School District and the Novi Library to bring Dr. John Ratey author of Spark to speak to the community.

Friend Check Presentation
The Friends of the Novi Public Library donated $25,000 to the Novi Library for the 2015/2016 operating year at their annual meeting on July 8, 2015.

Recent Friends Publications

 Friends E-Letter - September 2015
 Friends E-Letter - August 2015
 Friends E-Letter - July 2015
 Friends E-Letter - May 2015
 Friends E-Letter - April 2015
 Friends E-Letter - February/March 2015
 Friends E-Letter - December 2014
 Friends E-Letter - November 2014
 Friends E-Letter - October 2014
 Friends E-Letter - September 2014

 Among Friends Newsletter - Spring 2015
 Among Friends Newsletter - Winter 2015
 Among Friends Newsletter - Spring 2014
 Among Friends Newsletter - Winter 2014

 Friend's By-Laws
 2015-16 Budget
 Friends of the Library Welcome Brochure


Friends Leadership

Sue Johnson, President
Carol Hoffman, Vice-President
Barbara Brunett, Secretary
Carol Bauer, Treasurer
Julie Abrams
Marilyn Amberger
Pat Brunett
Evelyn Cadicamo
Carol Neumann
Evelyn Young

Friends Members

Friends of the Library Scholarship

Each year the Friends award a $1000 scholarship, based on scholastic achievement and community service, to a high school senior residing in Novi. The scholarship committee agreed unanimously that Olivia Regnier submitted an outstanding application. The scholarship will support her studies at the University of Michigan to become an English teacher.

Friends Scholarship recipient

Volunteers Needed to Sort and Shelve!

Volunteers are needed to help sort through donated books that are given to the Novi Library for the Friends’ Book Nook. Volunteers are also needed on Thursday to help put the new books on the appropriate shelves in the Book Nook. Please call Carol at 248-348-6473, if you can help us in any way.

Book Nook Book Sales

The Friends operate a used book store called The Book Nook which is just off to the right of the Main Library Entrance across from the stairs. It is open anytime the Library is open. It is staffed with a volunteer several hours most days. When a volunteer is working, they can make change for you and you can purchase items from the glass cases. Otherwise you can pay for your book purchases by dropping cash or a check into the Honor Box. The Honor Box is attached to the wall adjacent to the entrance of the Book Nook.

In 2014 sales from the Book Nook and our special events including the Vintage Book sales were almost $22,000. These funds along with the dues from our memberships are used to support a variety of programs including:

Summer Reading Program
Kaleidoscope Series
Battle of the Books
Listen @ The Library
Morning Music
Community Read

Book Nook Price List

Merchandise Price
Newer Fiction & Nonfiction $2 and up
Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction $1
Oversized Softcover Fiction & Nonfiction $1
Standard Paperbacks $0.50
Large Children & Youth Hardcover $1
Children's Golden Books $0.50
Children and Youth Softcover $0.50
Books on CD $1 and up
Music CDs $1
DVDs $2

Specially Priced Books

Newer Fiction and Non-Fiction, Specialty and Gift Quality Books - price as marked.


Listen @ the Library event Listen @ the Library event
The Friends of the Novi Library are partial sponsors to the Listen at the Library Series.