Mission Statement

It is the purpose of the Friends of the Library to promote and enhance the Decorah Public Library and its programs for the leisure, entertainment and personal life-long learning of the citizens of Decorah and greater Winneshiek County.

What is Friends?

  • FRIENDS was created to support Decorah Public Library
  • FRIENDS helps raise awareness of the Library in the community
  • FRIENDS sponsors Library programs
  • FRIENDS works 'behind the scenes' to help make the Library relevant to all residents of the greater Decorah area

Why join Friends?

  • Stay informed through a quarterly newsletter
  • Engage in fundraising for Library needs
  • Enhance and support the efforts of Library personnel and volunteers
  • Promote the Library through special events

Did you know ...

  • FRIENDS funds come from memberships, memorials, and gifts
  • FRIENDS purchase furniture and equipment for the Library
  • FRIENDS recently purchased over 600 new books for the Library collection

Friends of Decorah Public Library Board of Directors

  • President – Alan Ellickson
  • Vice President
  • Secretary – Pat Dows
  • Treasurer – Sue Ballantyne
  • Board Member – Sue Luzum
  • Board Member – Tom Murray
  • Board Member – Elise Skellenger
  • Board Member – Jason Streed
  • Board Member – Alice Runde
  • Library Board Liaison – Cheryl Pellett
  • Friends Board Liaison – Sue Ellingsen

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