About the Friends and Foundation

About the Friends + Foundation

We believe that libraries play a vital role in communities and private donations are needed to enhance public funding libraries receive. While private funding cannot replace strong public library funding of the Lawrence Public Library, it is clear that the library can no longer rely solely on city funding to give children, students, and adults full access to the information and services they need.

We are a volunteer powered organization and our volunteers move actual mountains of books—around 4,000 books come through our doors each week.

Friends & Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Gifts to Friends & Foundation may be designated for the library's unrestricted needs, its endowment fund or for larger, capital requirements.

About the Lawrence Public Library

For over 100 years, the Lawrence Public Library has been a treasured community gathering space. It is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can find the means to promote self-improvement, acquire new skills, and enjoy literary, artistic, musical, and cultural presentations.

In a community that believes that information should be accessible to everyone, the Lawrence Public Library is central to that mission. Many people in Lawrence do not have access to books, computers or the internet at home. The library provides information free of charge to anyone who needs it.

2020 Friends & Foundation Board

  • Craig Penzler, Chairperson
  • Rachel Rademacher, Vice-chairperson
  • Joan Golden, Treasurer
  • Jane Medina, Secretary
  • Annamarie Hill, On-Site Sales committee chair
  • Stan Ring, Internet Sales committee chair
  • Dan Storey, Membership & Fundraising committee chair
  • Mary Gage
  • Kassie Nieters
  • Imani Wadud
  • Brandon Eisman
  • Nancy Hambleton
  • David Vance, Lawrence Public Library Board of Trustees Representative
  • Brad Allen, ex-officio

Federal Tax ID Number 48-1179872

Lawrence Public Library Friends & Foundation 2020 Form 990

LPLFF 2020 Annual Report

Tuesday Book Sale
Angela Hyde, the Friends Coordinator, hands a giant check for 100,000 dollars to Brad Allen, Library director
book sale volunteers
Picture of a Volunteer
banned books week event
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