Ways to Support Us
Ways to Please Get Involved with Your Lorain Public Library System!
Libraries continue to be viable, thriving community resources for one reason: the people who they serve. We welcome all patrons of the Lorain Public Library System to not only take advantage of all that we have to offer, but to support the library system in one or more of the following ways:
1. Join The Friends Group of Your Local Library.
The purpose of "Friends of the Library" groups is to support our Libraries through volunteering, or through fundraising activities. Through fundraising activities, the Friends finance library programs, help purchase equipment for the Library, and provide monies for other projects that cannot be funded through the Library's budget. Friends provide help as requested by the Librarian who serves as a liaison to the group. They help with programs and are advocates for the Library in their communities. Membership forms are available at all of the Lorain Public Library System Libraries.
The Columbia Branch Library even has a “Junior Friends of the Library” group called the Whiz Kidz. Fifth through 12th graders are invited to join. Stop in the Columbia Branch Library to sign up.
2. Donate a Gift Book, DVD or CD.
A gift to the Library is a thoughtful and lasting way to celebrate and acknowledge special people in your life. Monetary donations may be made to purchase a library book, DVD or CD as a remembrance and celebration of a special person’s life. All gifts are tax deductible. To make a gift donation, contact your local Lorain Public Library System Library.
The Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System, Inc. allows your charitable gift of today and bequests for tomorrow to ensure the long term future of the community's cornerstone - the public library. All gifts are tax deductible. To donate, make checks payable to The Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System, Inc., P.O. Box 39194, North Ridgeville, OH 44039.
4. Become a Project LITE Adult Literacy Tutor.
You can make a difference by teaching an adult how to read through the Lorain Public Library System’s adult literacy program called Project LITE (Learning Through Investing Time and Energy).
Project LITE staff members train volunteers to become tutors capable of teaching others how to read. Tutors are then matched one-on-one with students who want to learn how to read. Tutors and students devote about three hours a week to the reading program. Meeting times are set at the convenience of the tutor and the student. Teaching materials are provided at no cost to the tutors. To qualify as a tutor, you must be 18 years of age or older, have your high school diploma or GED, and attend a free training session. For more information, or to sign up for the tutor training session, call the library system’s Project LITE office at 440-244-1192, ext. 444 or 1-800-322-READ, ext. 444.
5. Join The Teen Advisory Board.
Sixth through 12th graders are invited to join the Teen Advisory Board and make their public library a more teen-friendly place by recommending materials, programs and project ideas. The following Lorain Public Library System Libraries have Teen Advisory Boards: Main Library in Lorain; Avon Branch Library; Domonkas Branch Library in Sheffield Lake; and North Ridgeville Branch Library. Stop in the Library and fill out an application, or come to the next meeting. For meeting dates, times and locations, visit the library system’s website at www.lorainpubliclibrary.org and click on the events calendar, or call your local Lorain Public Library System Library.