Friends of the Library

Featured Sale

Holiday Book Sale
Saturday, December 7, 2019
10 am-2 pm
During this sale -- Every item in the ReTale Market: only $0.50!

Featuring seasonal favorites: Gently-used gift-quality
Children’s Books Holiday Themed Gift Books and Cookbooks
Upcoming Used Book Sales in 2020:
February 7-9 
May 15-17

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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. A receipt for donated material is available for tax purposes at the reference desk.

Bringing Your Donations to the Library

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

2019-2020 Friends of the Library Board

  • Kathy Rassette - President
  • Nathan Lafollette -Vice President
  •  Anne Southworth - Secretary
  •  Allison McDonald - Treasurer
  • Sandra Lehmann - Assistant Treasurer
  • Frank Altimore
  • Gary Billotti
  • Mike Dizer
  • Sue Landis
  • 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