The Mariposa County Friends of the Library is a nonprofit
organization founded in 1954 to provide support to the Mariposa County Library System.
support includes financial contributions, volunteer hours, donations of
books, videos, audios and other library materials, as well as library
furnishings, equipment and improvements. The Friends sponsor special fundraising events such as book sales and concerts. All members
are invited to attend the annual meeting.
Two branch libraries in the Mariposa County Library
System have separate chapters of the Friends of the Library. Each chapter
holds special events to help support their own libraries. The Wawona
Friends of the Bassett Memorial Library was formed in 1995 and helps support the branch library in Wawona. In 2001 the Friends of the Red Cloud Library formed to help
support the branch library in Greeley Hill.
Books Galore — The Friends of the Library Bookstore
Books Galore — open Tuesdays & Fridays 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. — is located in the
Community Room at the Mariposa County Library. Book bargain hunters
will find a nice variety of paperbacks and hardbacks — from bestsellers,
fiction and mysteries — to
and children's books. There's also a good selection of
rare and collectible books. All proceeds from sales go to the Mariposa
store is operated and staffed by Friends of the Library volunteers,
so hours of operation
change. Great bargains can also be found at the biannual Friends
of the Library book sales.
for sale online — from the Friends of the Library Mariposa County Library and the Mariposa
County Friends of the Library are participating members of LibraryBookSales.org.
you with rare, collectible and quality books that have been donated to
public libraries. By purchasing books directly from a library, using this
site, you can be assured that the funds will be used to promote literacy,
purchase much needed supplies, equipment, and books. The money you spend
goes directly to the library that sells you the book.
The California State Library created LibraryBookSales.org
to enable under-funded, geographically remote libraries to raise much
needed monies by providing a convenient point of sale for Friends of the
Library groups in rural areas of California. The project evolved as an
offshoot of the California Rural Library Initiative, and was supported
in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the
provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Administered by
the California State Library, the web site serves libraries and friends
groups throughout the U.S.