Friends of the Library

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: The Portage Public Library

This year's event will be scaled down to allow for health safety concerns (no entertainment or refreshments).  We will be voting in new Board Members and Officers, as well as, passing the next fiscal year's budget and contribution to the Library.

The meeting will be held at the Portage Public Library from 6:00-7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 14th. Social distancing and mask usage is required to attend. If you have any questions please contact Friends president Linda Floeter at

Purchase a Friends of the Library T-Shirt to support the Friends!

T-Shirts are $18.00 a piece (or $15.00 if you purchase a new Friends membership!), and come in S, M, L, and XL!

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:

~Purchase of computers and software, DVDs, audio books
~Children’s program rewards, activity tables
~Hot beverage maker, 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.



2019-2020 Board of Directors:

  • Linda Floeter, President
  • Carol Heisz, Vice President
  • Mary Grimm, Secretary
  • Judy Morrow, Treasurer
  • Charles Bradley
  • Dorri Engebretson
  • Deb Lechner
  • Eileen Marshall
  • Ed Zydowsky
  • Emma O'Brien, Student Director
  • Pam Beckett
  • Linda Wendt

Friends of the Library Newsletters

October 2020 Friends of the Library Newsletter

July 2020 Friends of the Library Newsletter

March 2020 Friends of the Library Newsletter

December 2019 Friends of the Library Newsletter

September 2019 Friends of the Library Newsletter

June 2019 Friends of the Library Newsletter 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 2019, 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, 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.

Please click here for a printable .pdf version of the Friends Membership Brochure. We appreciate your support!