Mission & Service

The mission of the Friends of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library is to support, strengthen and enlarge the scope of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library's services and facilities for the enrichment of the entire community.

Through its members and volunteers, the friends:

  • Give significant financial support to library programs and services for the public.

  • Annually sponsor three large Used Book Sales at the library.

  • Are invited to Friday night Friends Only book sale previews.

  • Have the opportunity to share an enthusiasm for books and concern for the library's welfare.

Re-tale Market

There is an ongoing used book sale on the main floor of the library in the Orchard Room.


Used Book Donations
Proceeds from the sales support Library projects and programs. 

There are two places to bring your donations:

  •  The small bin near Large Print.

  •  The large drive-up bin outside the employee entrance to the library on Eastman Avenue.

Please call the library at 989-837-3430 with questions about dropping off donations.


Friends of the Library Membership

Becoming a member is easy, simply print out the membership form (PDF) and return it to the library checkout desk or mail to:

Friends of the Library
P.O. Box 2458
Midland, MI 48641

Friends volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Book sale volunteers

  • Book donation sorting

  • Board membership

If interested in volunteering please indicate on membership form or contact:
989-837-3437 or fogadml@yahoo.com

2020-2021 Friends of the Library Board

  • Nathan Lafollette - President

  • Mike Dizer -Vice President

  • Sue Landis - Secretary

  • Sandra Lehmann - Treasurer

  • Frank Altimore

  • Gary Billotti

  • Anne Southworth

  • Louwrens van der Leij

  • Greg Yankee

Projects & programs we help support

The Friends of the Library provided funding for the following library programs:

  •     Summer Reading programs for adults, teens and children

  •     Battle of the Books

  •     Teen & adult book discussions

  •     Third grade Library tours

  •     Community Read programs

  •     National Library Week

  •     Genealogy room technology

Friends Video Communications:

Kathy Rassette at the Library Board Meeting

September 18, 2019

Kathy Rassette for Community Focus
May 2017

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Friends of the Library donations are invaluable to the Library. Friends donations allow the Library to continue providing amazing services while also providing a financial safety net for innovating new ideas. When the Library staff plans new programs, we know that the Friends of the Library are available should we develop a new service in which there are no funds. Having the Friends of the Library at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library allows staff to think of new programs in a way many Libraries around the state are unable to do so. - Miriam Andrus, Director of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library


1710 West St Andrews

 Midland MI 48640

 (989) 837-3430


Monday 10 am - 6 pm

Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm

Wednesday 10 am - 6 pm

Thursday 10 am -6 pm

Friday - Sunday Closed

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