Friends & Volunteers

Volunteers and staff at the Champaign Public Library

Friends Gifts to the Library: $39,435
Volunteer Hours: 12,492

Essential Helping Hands

Library Friends, passionate about books and generous with their time, are the driving force behind the success of the FriendShop used book store, on our lower level. Twice a week, Friends meet in the shop to sort and shelve books. The Friends also host special membership events. Revenue from the shop, plus membership dues, allowed the Friends to give the library $39,435 this year. In addition, a bustling workforce of hundreds of teen and adult volunteers has been key in allowing us to keep up with increased business, helping with a range of tasks including home delivery, children‘s events, and getting items back on the shelves.

Friends Gifts Were Used in Support of:

  • Optimal Resume subscription
  • “Lifelong Learners @ the Library“ series
  • Summer reading programs for kids, teens
  • Year-round reading clubs
  • “Read Me a Future“ program
  • Teen materials, language learning materials,travel guides, college handbooks, and DVDs
  • “BabyFest“ concert and workshop
  • “Juneteenth Celebration“
  • Holiday decorations for new library
  • Volunteer recognition
  • “The Big Read” events
  • Douglass Branch local history project

”Our home delivery service supports homebound residents by providing a regular point of contact and making the world more accessible to them. Last year, 60 patrons received more than 7,000 library items. Volunteers are key to our success. Our office volunteers carefully choose materials based on each customer‘s interests and requests, then package them for delivery. Our delivery drivers take the time to build personal relationships with customers. Many customers call or write to tell us what a difference the service makes in their lives. In the middle of one phone call, one man exclaimed, ‘You at the Champaign Public Library! You have given me so much…. You‘ve been such gracious people.‘”

Marie Bleus-Francois
Adult Services

Marie Bleus-Francois