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Friends Of The Library

Who We Are | What We Do | When & Where We Meet | FOL Funded Projects | FOL Events Calendar | FOL Newsletter | FOL Board of Directors | Christmas Tour of Homes | Summer Tour of Gardens | Semi-annual Book Sale


Who We Are

The Friends of the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library, Inc. (Friends) is a non-profit 501{c}-3 organization, dedicated to aid and promote the activities and services of the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library-Medford. Friends of the Library are the special people who give freely of their time, energy and enthusiasm to accomplish these goals. This Membership Form is an editable PDF file that can be filled in and then printed to send with your dues to:

Friends of the Library
400 North Main Street
Medford, WI 54451

There are volunteer projects to fit different times and talents. Volunteerism provides a chance to enhance the library and help the staff. Do you have some extra time? Are you looking for something new and would like to help the library? Join the FOL Volunteers.

Volunteers can arrange their schedules for their convenience. Some people work on a regular schedule coming in once a week. Others prefer coming in when help is needed as an on-call volunteer.

It is easy to become a library volunteer. Just contact FOL Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Beilfus or the library (748-2505).

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What We Do

FOL members give support financially to the library, and many also choose to participate in other FOL sponsored activities such as:

  • Semi-annual Book Sale - twice a year the FOL volunteers organize a used book sale. Books donated by the public are for sale during the three day event (first day is FOL members only).
  • Assisting the Library Staff - Some people volunteer to come in on a regular basis and help the staff where and when needed. On occasion, volunteers provide hospitality needs for various library and FOL functions.
  • Shelf Help Day - The staff decides which area of the library needs a little extra tender loving care to make it more attractive and easier for the public to use. The Friends volunteer their time to get the job done.
  • Story time - Story time provides a high quality, developmental and age appropriate literature for preschool children during the school year.
  • Reading Discussion Series - The FOL Readers' Group meets in the large conference room on the third Tuesday of September, November, January, March and May at 7:00 pm for discussion of that month's featured book.
  • Tending The Library Gardens - Since we do not employ a gardener, the Friends took over the duties of planting and caring for the library gardens. This project is under the leadership of Liz Archibald.
  • Display Shelves - The Friends change displays on the shelves at the library entrance. This is the perfect place to display additions to the library collection and let patrons know what is available at the library.
  • Events - Various presentation are sponsored by the FOL to share interesting topics or experiences with the community.
  • Publishing The FOL Membership Newsletter
  • Christmas Tour of Homes and Summer Tour of Gardens - on alternate years FOL sponsors tours of outstanding area homes and gardens.
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When and Where We Meet

The Friends meet eight times a year on the last Monday of the month at the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library - Medford. There are no meetings in June, July, August or December.

Members receive a newsletter to keep them abreast of upcoming events that is published quarterly. They also have a special "members only" early shopping night for the book sale. But the biggest reward for becoming a member is the satisfaction of participating in the development of a first-class library.

Upcoming Meeting Information

  • January 27, 2014 - 7:00 p.m., Large Conference Room
  • February 24, 2014 - 7:00 p.m., Large Conference Room
  • March 31, 2014 - 7:00 p.m., Large Conference Room
  • April 28, 2014 - 7:00 p.m., Large Conference Room
  • May 19, 2014 - 7:00 p.m., Large Conference Room
  • August 25, 2014 - 7:00 p.m., Large Conference Room
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FOL Funded Projects

The Friends bring in funds through membership dues, contributions and various fund raising activities. These funds provide:

  • Monthly stipend to purchase new books, videos, Wii games or other library media.
  • Annual support for the Children's Summer Reading Program and other children's programming.
  • Purchase of the annual Caldecott and Newbury award books.
  • Purchase of computer software to enable patrons to utilize computers withour staff intervention.
  • Support for the continuing development of our library.
  • Additions to the library computer equipment.
  • Purchase of the microfilm reader and its related maintenance.
  • Book prizes for the Open House during National Library Week.
  • Continuing additions to the library collection.
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FOL Events

Date Event Time
January 27, 2014 Membership Meeting 7 pm
February 24, 2014 Membership Meeting 7 pm
March 31, 2014 Membership Meeting 7 pm
April 9-12, 2014 Spring Book Sale  
April 28, 2014 Membership Meeting 7 pm
May 19, 2014 Membership Meeting 7 pm
August 25, 2014 Membership Meeting 7 pm

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FOL Newsletter

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FOL Board of Directors

Friends of the Library Board of Directors
President Corinne Liske
Vice President Kim Wilson
Secretary Donna Machon
Treasurer Chris Finkler
Members at Large:
Gail Hoffman K Riley Johnson
Julie Prihoda Doreen Eldred
Open Position  
Standing Committees:
Volunteers Sharon Beilfuss
Membership Kristi Tlusty
Garden Liz Archibald
Newsletter Corinne Liske
Display Shelves Carol Arnett
Ex-Officio Members:
Ann Harris, Director Open Position, Library Board Member
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Christmas Tour of Homes

The 13th Medford Area Christmas Tour of Homes was held December 4, 2010. In addition to having five beautifully decorated homes to tour, the Friends hosted a reception at the Library after 4 PM.

Just over 270 people attended the Christmas Tour of Homes. "We were VERY pleased with the turnout and the weather," the tour co-chair Sharon Beilfuss noted. Overall, a tidy profit of over $2,400 was achieved.

Thanks to all who made the Christmas Tour a success!

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Summer Tour of Gardens

The Friends of the Library Garden Tour is held every other year, on odd numbered years. In addition to leisure tours of the gardens, there are special events at some of the garden sites such as a Flower Planter Silent Auction, the Master Gardeners presentations, and refreshments and treats at the gardens.

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Semi-annual Book Sale

The Friends of the Library sponsor a book sale twice a year - in Spring and Fall. The proceeds of the sale help with special project needs at the library.

The dates and hours of the Spring 2013 sale are:

Date Time
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 3-7PM (Members Only)
Thursday, April 10 9am-7pm
Friday, April 11 9am-5pm
Saturday, April 12 9am-noon

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