The Friends of the Loveland Public Library Foundation, Inc. supports and advocates for the Loveland Public Library's work as the information center of the community and its role in encouraging literacy. The Friends generates current and long-term funding through volunteer involvement.
For decades, the Friends of the Loveland Library have sponsored programs to promote reading and literacy in Loveland. This is done primarily through raising funds to support the Library's programs, particularly those for children and teens. The Friends organize two used-book sales annually for which they are continually accepting and sorting used books. Loveland Loves to Read, promoting reading a single book across the community, has been run by Friends volunteers for years. It was bigger (and more profitable) than ever last year and looks to do as well or better this fall. The Friends will run the ever-popular Loveland Lights holiday celebration at the Library in December, with its delightful gingerbread house competition.
The Friends of the Loveland Library provide critical funding for programs, services, materials and special projects that inform, enrich and inspire a strong, engaged community. Contributions to the Friends make a beloved and important cultural institution even better.
-- Diane Lapierre, Loveland Public Library Director
The Friends of the Library (FOLPL) started small when the library moved to the Civic Center in 1987. Over the years it has grown to be the most amazing support organization! In 2003 it received 501c3 not-for-profit status as the Friends of the Loveland Public Library Foundation, Inc. The semi-annual book sales and other fundraising events have provided the library, a department of the City of Loveland, with all sorts of new and expanded services, equipment and supplies. I am most proud of the Capital Campaign initiated by the FOLPL in 2008 that kickstarted the major renovation and expansion of the library that was completed in 2012. The success of the $2 million campaign during the recession is a testament to the dedication to quality library and literacy services of the members.
-- Marcia Lewis, Former Director, Loveland Public Library
The Friends act as a partner with Food Bank for Larimer County to purchase hundreds of snacks each month for teens, many of whom face food insecurity at home. With funding from Friends, Loveland Library provides outreach to those most in need, including teens in court-ordered residential care at Platte Valley Youth Services Center who were able to meet an author this summer and get their own copy of a signed book. For many of these teens, this is the first book they've ever owned and the experience of having caring adults encourage them in their lives is priceless.
--Amber Holmes, Teen Services Manager, Loveland Public Library
I want to be an honorary Lovelander: I'm so impressed by the way you all create community and make things happen.
--Presenter at Poetry Workshop co-sponsored by the Friends