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Friends of SHPL



Mission

The Friends of the Sterling Heights Public Library, organized in 1976, is a volunteer non-profit group dedicated to enhancing and improving library services for our community. Friends contributions, fund-raising activities, and volunteer efforts support adult and youth programs, maintain and improve collections, and provide new technologies and capital improvements.

 

Officers

The Friends Board was elected for a 2-year term in October 2013. Officers are: President Kathy Mohnach, Vice-President Mary Pawlowski, Treasurer Denise Shepard, and Secretary Madeline Stewart.

Friends Book Store

The Friends Book Store is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please stop by for some great bargains.

In other bookstore news, restaurant gift certificates are awarded to bookstore volunteers each month as a thank you from the Friends.

Watch for Red Dot books in the Bookstore. All items marked with a red dot are on sale for 50% off the regular price. You can have all the red dot items you can pack in a plastic grocery bag for $3, or a paper grocery bag for $5 during our special bag sales.

Donations Accepted

The library accepts donations of books and other materials at any time. We will issue a receipt for the number of hard or soft-cover books or other items donated. We do not assign a monetary value. Please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Donated items should be in good to excellent condition. This means no books with torn covers, out-of-shape spines, worn, dirty, smelly, dusty, etc.
  • Recent fiction books, children's books, cookbooks, computer books, craft books. videos, puzzles, games, audiocassettes, self-help books, classics, CD's, LP's, new magazines, and diet books are always popular.
  • Donations may be brought to the Friends Book Store, the circulation counter, or to the library's back loading dock.

 

Check with your company for matching gift policies If you are planning to give to the Friends of the Library, check into your employers' policies. Many companies have programs that will match the charitable contributions made by their employees. Through corporate gift matching, your employer can multiply your gifts to make them go further. Some companies in the area that match employee contributions are: National City Bank, DTE, Costco, Macy's, PepsiCo, UPS and Home Depot. Please think of the Friends when making your donations. Thanks!

Friends Bestsellers & Book Club Kits

The Sterling Heights Public Library is pleased to offer two great programs thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Bestsellers Collection


Bestsellers is a new collection that features the newest and most popular selections. Don't wait on hold! Just drop into the library and check one of the books out. This collection checks out for seven days and is non-holdable.

Book Club Kits

Book Club Kits are a great way for you to help out your own private book group.

Our book group kits consist of 10 copies of a title and special discussion questions, all in a tote bag. They check out for a six-week time period and are holdable.

Those interested in checking out one of the kits should visit the library's circulation desk and request the desired kits by title.

For a list of kits, click HERE.

More will be added every month, so watch for new titles. For more information, call (586) 446-2640.
History of the Friends of the Library

The Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Sterling Heights Public Library first gathered at an organizational meeting on Oct. 14, 1976 when the library was located in a three-bedroom ranch house on the present library site. Though few in number, members of the Friends staged book sales during the following three years, and with the proceeds purchased a library card laminator, a day-long film festival, and children's listening center in the library.

With the move to the new, two-story building in October 1979, the library experienced a dramatic increase in usage. The Friends looked for ways to add to its membership in order to give additional support to the growing library. The Bears fundraising campaign proved to be the answer. Membership increased from 17 individuals in October 1976 to 180 families in July 1981.

The Friends fundraising total is now over $250,000.

Just a few of the items donated by the Friends include the "In Use" sculptural relief gracing the second floor main wall and a large contribution to the Children's Art Garden. Our Friends have certainly helped make the library the outstanding city service that it is today.

Application to Join Friends of the Library

Click here to print out an application form. (You will needAdobe Acrobat Reader). Applications to join the Friends of the Library are also available throughout the library and in the quarterly City Newsletter. Make checks payable to Friends of the Sterling Heights Public Library. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, dues and contributions are tax deductible and also quality for a Michigan Tax Credit.

Bylaws of SHPL

The Friends of the Sterling Heights Public Library, organized in 1976, is a volunteer non-profit group dedicated to enhancing and improving library services for our community. Friends contributions, fund-raising activities, and volunteer efforts support adult and youth programs, maintain and improve collections, and provide new technologies and capital improvements.

Article I

The name of the organization shall be the Friends of the Sterling Heights Public Library.

Article II - Purpose

The purpose of this organization shall be to stimulate the use of the Library’s resources and services; to cooperate with the Library in developing library resources for the entire community; to work for legislation which would enable the library to better serve the community; to encourage gifts, endowments, and memorials for the library from individuals and/or groups; to sponsor library-related programs and activities that contribute to the cultural opportunities in the community.

Article III - Purpose

Sec. 1 Any individual, organization, business, or industry interested in the purposes of this organization may become a member upon payment of annual dues in one of the following categories which constitute the types of membership:

  • Individual Membership $ 10.00
  • Family Membership $ 20.00
  • Business and Organizations $ 100.00
  • Lifetime Membership (Individual or Family of 2) $ 300.00

Sec. 2 Family Memberships are available for two or more people. Membership entitles the family to designate two representatives, each of whom is entitled to one vote each. All family members are entitled to all the privileges of membership.

Sec. 3 Business and Organization Memberships are for civic and fraternal groups and industrial organizations. Membership entitles the organization or firm to designate two representatives, each of whom is entitled to one vote each and all the privileges of membership.

Sec. 4 Membership shall run for one year from payment of applicable dues.

Sec. 5 Honorary Membership in the Friends of the Sterling Heights Public Library may be conferred upon persons upon special action of the Executive Board.

Article IV - Officers

The officers of the Friends of the Sterling Heights Public Library shall be:

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer

Sec. 1 The President shall hold office for two years. He/she shall preside at all meetings of the organization, appoint all committees, and be ex-officio thereof.

Sec. 2 The Vice President shall hold office for two years. He/she shall, in the absence or incapacity of the President, perform the duties of the President.

Sec. 3 The Secretary shall hold office for two years. He/she shall keep a record of the minutes of all meetings of the organization, and shall conduct the correspondence of the organization.

Sec. 4 The Treasurer shall hold office for two years. He/she shall keep the official financial records of the organization and shall issue payments upon the direction of the Executive Board. An annual audit of the financial records shall be made by either a committee or a Certified Public Accountant appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Board within 30 days of the close of the fiscal year.

Sec. 5 All officers shall be members in good standing.

Sec. 6 The officers shall have the authority to appoint, for a two year term, the membership chairperson and the program chairperson.

  • a. The Membership Chairperson shall advise the Executive Board with respect to all aspects of membership and in general promote the increase of such membership.
  • b. The Program Chairperson shall plan speaker and special programs as determined by the Executive Board.

 

Article V - Executive Board

Sec. 1 The Executive Board shall consist of the officers of the organization, the membership chairperson, the program chairperson, and the Director of the Sterling Heights Public Library or his/her alternate.

Sec. 2 The duties of the Executive Board shall be:

  • a. To transact business of the organization.
  • b. To hold quarterly meetings.
  • c. To create such special and standing committees as the Board shall determine to be of advantage to the organization and appointments thereto made by the President with the approval of the Executive Board.
  • d. No committee or member thereof shall have any authority to make any contract, or to incur any indebtedness, obligation, or liability in the name of, or in behalf of the organization without the authority and approval of the Executive Board.
  • e. Vacancies to an officer position will be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Board. The newly appointed officer shall then serve until the coming election.
  • f. For voting purposes, a quorum of the Executive Board will consist of a majority of the Board members present at the meeting.

Article VI

Sec. 1 The Annual Meeting shall be held during the fourth quarter of the calendar year to conduct appropriate business with the election of officers held every second year by membership vote.

Sec. 2 A special meeting of the organization may be called at any time by the President, by two members of the Executive Board, or by five (5) members of the organization.

Sec. 3 Five (5) members shall constitute a quorum at any Annual or Special Meeting of the organization.

Sec. 4 Notice of the time and place of each Annual or Special Meeting of the organization shall be published in the membership newsletter and shall be mailed not less than 30 days before the meeting to the recorded address of every member of the organization.

Articel II - Parliamentary Procedure

The current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, when not in conflict with this Constitution, shall govern the proceedings of the organization.

Article III - Amendments

These by-laws may be amended at any meeting of the membership by a majority of the membership present and voting, provided that notice of proposed amendments shall have been mailed to all members at least two weeks before said meeting, and a quorum is present.

SHPL Lifetime Friends Members

Click here to print out an application form. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader) Applications to join the Friends of the Library are also available throughout the library and in the quarterly City Newsletter. Make checks payable to Friends of the Sterling Heights Public Library. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, dues and contributions are tax deductible and also quality for a Michigan Tax Credit. Lifetime members of the Friends of the Library are listed below.

 

The Friends of the Library is proud to have these lifetime members:

  • 1981 - Janet Gniatczyk
  • 1990 - Joan Froling
  • 1991 - Patricia DeForest
  • 1991 - Morris Hoffman
  • 1994 - Carol & Jerry Lingeman
  • 1996 - David & Darlene Hull
  • 1997 - Donna Sutherland
  • 1997 - Krystyna Kobersy
  • 1997 - Richard & Jane Nelson
  • 1997 - Wallace & Ruth Doebler
  • 1997 - Rosemary Skupny
  • 1997 - Mr. & Mrs. Edward Piet
  • 1998 - Peter & Theresa Wozniak
  • 1998 - Mary Lou Metzger
  • 1998 - Al & Betty Baker
  • 1998 - Joan Zukowski
  • 1998 - Jean Boeger
  • 1998 - Marguerite Taylor
  • 1998 - Ray & Rosemary Anderson
  • 1998 - Ray & Arlene Washburn
  • 1998 - Ted & Ruth Baker
  • 1998 - The Lorax
  • 1998 - Anonymous
  • 1999 - Lynnora Beaubien
  • 2000 - Richard Notte
  • 2000 - Donald & Elinor Burton
  • 2001 - O'Reilly, Rancilio, Nitz, Andrews, Turnbull & Scott, P.C.
  • 2001 - Chuck & Jo Berthet
  • 2001 - Edgar & Eva Tedsen
  • 2002 - Joan & Bob Freehan
  • 2003 - John Zaziski
  • 2004 - Rick & Kris McClenthen
  • 2004 - Ron & Yvonne Rolf
  • 2005 - Elsie Mize
  • 2008 - Kiwanis Club of Sterling Heights - High Noon
  • 2009 - Kiwanis Club of Sterling Heights
  • 2011 - Sharon Grossett
  • 2011 - Judith Kotulis
  • 2011 - Jan M. Synk
  • 2013 - Darren and Christy O'Brien