The Friends of Main Library (FOML) supports the goals of the Akron-Summit County Public Library with programming and resources. The Friends operates the Library Shop at Main, helps underwrite the Library operating levy campaign, and supports other Library initiatives.
The Friends of Main Library funds go to support many library programs and related projects. Some are:
All Friends of Main Library members may attend the board meetings. Meetings are currently held quarterly on the 2nd Monday of March, June, September, and December, at 6 p.m. in a meeting room at Main Library. For additional information call 330-643-9072.
Annual membership gift:
Download our FOML Membership application or stop by the Library Shop at Main where they are available.
The Friends of the Libraries of Akron and Summit County was founded in 1953. In 1964, the group renamed itself Friends of the Library; in 1974, the name was changed to the Friends of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. This Friends group represented the branches as well as Main Library.
Beginning in 1982, individual branches established their own Friends groups, leaving the Friends of Akron-Summit County Public Library to represent only Main Library. Later, this group was called Main Library Friends; and then, the Friends of Main Library.
The Friends of the Library held its first used, discarded and donated, book sale in 1972 at Summit Mall. Over the years, the Friends giant book sale was held at various malls. By the end of 1993, these sales had raised in total more than $125,000.
The giant book sales ended in December 1996, when the Friends of Main Library opened its "Library Shop at Main", a used book and gift shop, located on the lower level of Main Library. The shop provided for ongoing sales seven days a week.
Of Special Note:
Lynn DeLuca, Acting President
Open position, Vice President
Harriett Calcagno, Treasurer
Open position, Secretary
Pam Hickson-Stevenson, Deputy Director, Ex-Officio member
Patty Marsh, Downtown Services Manager, Ex-Officio member
We are actively recruiting new board members. The only requirements are to be a current FOML member, and a desire to serve.