The Friends of the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County is a non-profit organization that works to support and strengthen our public library. As a group of concerned citizens, the Friends of the Library is dedicated to making the library the best it can be. We realize that a strong public library is a valuable intellectual, cultural, educational, and recreational resource in the Knox County community.
Started in April 1990, the Friends is a volunteer organization. Its purpose, in cooperation with the Library Board of Trustees and staff, is: to maintain an association of persons interested in the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County; to support and cooperate with the Library in developing services and the facility; to stimulate volunteer services for the library; to sponsor cultural programs, speakers, and activities at the Library for the community; and to encourage donations, gifts, and bequests to the Library.
The Friends of the Library is directed and managed by an executive committee made up of elected officers and appointed members-at-large. Some of the positions are filled with husband/wife teams. The director of the Library is a non-voting member. Meetings are held bi-monthly with an annual meeting held in October or November.
In May of 2010, The Friends opened their Book Warehouse at 13081 Coffing Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio, where books, DVD's and more are available for sale to the public. Plans are for the warehouse to be open for one week each month for portions of the year. Volunteers are needed to help staff the warehouse and need not be members of the Friends of the Library.
For membership information, or for information about volunteering at the book warehouse, please call (740)392-2665 ext. 242, Donna Young.