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 members may attend the board meetings. Meetings are currently held quarterly at 6 pm in a meeting room at Main Library. A program may be part of the Annual Meeting. Additional programs may be scheduled. For specific meeting dates, please call 330.643.9072.
Annual membership gift:
FOML Membership application forms are available in the Library Shop at Main.
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 on 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.
In 2005 the Friends of Main Library opened the new Library Shop at Main on the first floor of the newly remodeled and expanded Main Library. Adjacent to the Library Cafe, the Library Shop on Main offers visitors to downtown Akron an affordable bookstore with a wide selection of unique gift items.
Of Special Note:
Jim Switzer, President
Ellen McIntyre, Vice-President
Harriett J. Calcagno, Treasurer
Susan Sawyer, Secretary & Immediate Past President
Carla Davis, (advisor), ASCPL Marketing Communications Director
Board members and officers are elected at the Annual Meeting.
Board members serve a three (3) year term.