When in doubt, go to the library.

— J. K. Rowling (1999)

The Friends of the Port Townsend Library, a nonprofit organization established in 1978, funds programs, services, and materials beyond what the city’s library budget covers. Our support comes primarily from donations and book sales. We welcome everyone.

 

The Port Townsend Public Library was founded in 1898 by volunteers and, thanks to continuing community support, has remained an active Carnegie Library since the present building opened in 1913. Today its per capita circulation is in the top five for public libraries in Washington State.

The Friends is one of three community organizations that support the library’s work. The Library Advisory Board advises Port Townsend’s city manager and city council regarding library facilities, operations, collections, and policies. The Port Townsend Public Library Foundation supports the library by raising funds for endowments, capital projects, and enhancement of library collections. Working together, the three organizations supplement resources the city can provide.    

The strength of these organizations is living proof of the Port Townsend community’s support of its library.

The Friends runs entirely on volunteer power

Only through the dedication of a small army of volunteers—more than 100 at last count—is the Friends able to do What We Do.

 

Volunteers sort books, transport books, and set up books for book sales. Volunteers help staff one of the gates at the the annual Jefferson County Fair. Volunteers publish and distribute our newsletter and maintain our online presence. Volunteers keep our finances in order.

 

Volunteers do it because they love their library—and because it’s fun!

Ten Friends serve as board members

DEB VANDERBILT

President & Book Donations

Deb brings us valuable perspective from a few years on the board of the Friends of the Jefferson County Library. As president, she specializes in keeping meetings short, sweet, and to the point. She also keeps our book-sorting crew working hard and happily.

PAULA ZIMMERMAN

Secretary

Miss a meeting? Read Paulas minutes, and youll feel like youre there. Paula also stewards our permanent shelf in the library of nearly new books for sale, works tirelessly at sorting and sales, and does it all with the brightest smile ever!

CINDY JOHNSON

Treasurer

Whether busy with our balance sheets or enjoying her spare time, Cindy likes travel and is not frightened of numbers. In fact, she prefers them to almost anything else besides birds and walking in England.

FRAN POST

Friends’ Supporters

Fran helps manage our roster of supporters and business sponsors. Have a question? Fran will be happy to help you! Meanwhile, she wants to travel to the Yukon to see the Northern Lights.

CHERYL BENTLEY

Book Sales

Cheryl runs the Friends’ book sales. She’s the first to volunteer for just about any other task as well and has served on practically every committee we’ve had over the years. Plus, she plays the ukulele!

ELLEN W. CHU

Editing, Design, & Newsletter

A biologist and editor, Ellen finds beauty in precision—of language, design, music. When not editing, reading, or fussing with layouts, she takes her binoculars and tries to find nature wherever she goes, whether on foot or on a bicycle.

ELLEN DUSTMAN

Member at Large

As immediate past president and longtime board member, Ellen made sure that all our activities reflect our mission. The rest of the time, she likes reading, cycling, gardening, traveling, and keeping her Little Free Library well stocked.

CHRISTINE HEYCKE

Member at Large

When Christine isn’t wrestling with the Friends’ website or Mail Chimp, she enjoys traveling, reading, disassembling old telephones, and learning more about local flora and fauna.

NELS PETERSON

Member at Large

Our newest board member, Nels is happy to help wherever he can. He enjoys walking on the beach, cycling with other library-loving Friends, and connecting with the Port Townsend community through photography.

GERALYNN RACKOWSKI

Member at Large

Geralynn knows many people and many stories in Port Townsend. Not only has she served the Friends’ board longer than anyone else, she persevered as our president for 11 successful years.

Friends of the Port Townsend Library

1220 Lawrence Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
friendsofptlibrary@gmail.com


© 2019 Friends of the Port Townsend Library