Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Portage Public Library began in 1988 to support library services in our community.  Our dues and book sale proceeds support the library by assisting in the purchase of library materials and other items, and to support programs and events for all ages.  We also assist with volunteer support.

Some of the Friends' past contributions include the purchase of computers and software, children’s program rewards, DVDs, audio books, a hot beverage maker, activity tables, book bins and furniture.  We also support the library's program offerings by sponsoring book discussions, program presenters and entertainers for all ages, and homebound delivery service.   Our members enjoy offering a lending hand to library staff by helping with children's, teen, and adult programming, coordinating and leading book discussions, hosting and accepting donations for the annual book sale, and baking and supplying refreshments for events.

We thank our current members and welcome new members in joining to support the Portage Public Library.  Stop in the library and pick up a brochure explaining our areas of service and membership.  The Friends membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st. 

"If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries." - John F. Kennedy

2017-2018 Board of Directors:

  • Jane Considine, President
  • Linda Floeter, Vice President
  • Mary Grimm, Secretary
  • Susan Martin, Treasurer
  • Dorrie Engebretson
  • Joan Indermark
  • Marvin Jensen
  • Eileen Marshall
  • Kathy Raimer
  • MacKenzie Rietmann, Student Director
  • Randy VanNess
  • Ed Zydowsky

Friends of the Library Newsletters

September 2016 Friends of the Library Newsletter

December 2016 Friends of the Library Newsletter

March 2017 Friends of the Library Newsletter

June 2017 Friends of the Library Newsletter

September 2017 Friends of the Library Newsletter

December 2017 Friends of the Library Newsletter

March 2018 Friends of the Library Newsletter

Friends of the Library Notice of Intent to Amend Bylaws Smile Account

Did you know that the Friends of the Portage Public Library have an Smile account? Every time that you make a purchase on Amazon through the Smile account, the Friends of the Library get a percentage back from Amazon, which then goes to support library programs and activities.

To get started shopping with Amazon Smile, click here:

To find the Friends of the Library Amazon Smile account, serach "The Friends of the Portage Free Library Inc."

Renew Your Membership

Membership in Friends of the Portage Public Library runs from Jan. 1 to December 31, so if you haven’t renewed your membership for 2017, now is the time. Income from membership in the Friends of the Library organization helps pay for the extras for adult and youth programming, such as incentive awards for the summer reading program, occasional performer fees, refreshments, small items for grounds maintenance (tools, birdseed, etc) etc. Membership in Friends of the Library is a statement that you support literacy and the role of the public library in our community. The form below may be completed and returned to the library.

Make your check payable to Friends of the Portage Public Library.

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253 W. Edgewater St., Portage, WI 53901

Membership Form

Please check the desired category:

_____ Individual $10
_____ Family $20
_____ Business/Organization $50

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City, ST ZIP ____________________________________
Phone ________________________________________
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_____ Check here if you would like to help reduce postage costs by receiving your Friends of the Portage Public Library newsletter via the email address provided above. Volunteer Interests: Please check if you can assist with:

_____Children’s Programs
        ____ Help with the Summer Reading Program
        ____ Provide Refreshments, cookies, snacks
        ____ Help at summertime story hour
        ____ Listen to youngsters read aloud, summer only
_____ Teen Programs
_____ Adult Programs
_____ Library Book Sale
         ____ Pre-sale sorting
         ____ Staffing the sale
         ____ Set-up or clean-up
_____ Help send out newsletters
_____ Grounds Beautification
_____ Participate in Book Discussion
_____ None