Friends of the Library

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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?  

The 55th Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Novi Library will be held July 8, 2015 at 7pm in the Library’s Board Room and is open to the public. Several important items are on the agenda including the 2015 budget, the By-Laws and election for new members.

July 2015 Book Sale

The Book Nook will be having a sale on all adult paperback fiction beginning throughout the entire month of July. Books normally $0.50 each are marked 3 for $1.00 so be sure to come in and stock up on your favorite authors. Also, our overstock cart will have the normally marked $0.50 books reduced to $0.25 while supplies last. This is a great time to stock up for your summer reading!

Join or Renew Your Membership Online

The Novi Friends have met another milestone toward our goal of going “Green”. We now have added the ability to join or renew your membership online if you have a PayPal account. Note we cannot take credit cards directly. A PayPal account is required to make an on-line payment. Just go to the following link and enter your information. You will receive a receipt and we will get a copy to update our information. 

Our thanks to Willy Mena. He provided us with the program necessary to offer this capability.

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.

Julie Farkas holding donation check 
The Friends of the Novi Public Library donated $25,000 to the Novi Library at their annual meeting on June 11.

2015 Student Intern
Teen Intern
Congratulations to Austin Morton and Shraddha Jadhav on becoming the two newest Teen Interns for the Summer!

Join the Friends

Do you know that the Friends of the Library are one of the biggest supporters of the library and that they provide funds for special programs, as well as other library needs that your tax dollars do not cover? Find out today how you can become an individual Friends of the Library member for just $10 or include your whole family for just $15. For more information, stop by the Book Nook or contact printer-friendly Friends Membership Form

Membership Categories

Friends Memberships Corporate Memberships
Teen $5/year Friend $50/year
Individual $10/year Contributing $100/year
Family $15/year Sustaining $150/year
Contribution $30/year Patron $200/year
Sustaining $50/year    
Benefactor $100/year    


Recent Friends Publications

 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
 2014-15 Budget
 Friends of the Library Welcome Brochure


Friends Leadership

  • Sue Johnson, President
  • Carol Bauer, Vice-President
  • Julie Abrams, Secretary
  • Marilyn Amberger, Treasurer
  • Barbara Brunett, Trustee
  • Pat Brunett, Trustee
  • Evelyn Cadicamo
  • Bob Cutler
  • Gale Ford
  • Carol Hoffman
  • Evelyn Young

Friends of the Library posed group

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.