Friends

Friends of the Red Jacket Community Library

The Friends of RJCL raise funds for library programs and equipment, and provide volunteer support for programs and events.

We have been actively supporting our community library since its founding in 1998.

The Friends of the Red Jacket Community Library is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. We operate under our approved Bylaws.

Join us!

Meetings are usually the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the library. Check the events calendar for up-to-date information each month. All members of the community are welcome to the join us. Become a member at a meeting, or send in your membership form. Membership gives you:

  • A voice in the decision-making process regarding Friends’ projects and spending.
  • A vote in the annual elections of officers for the Friends, held in November.
  • The opportunity to work with a great group of Friends while giving back to the community.

Get involved with a great group of Friends!

Membership form

Contact us

Email RJCLfriends@owwl.org.

Ken Reeves, President

Mary Anne Van Hanja, Vice President

Pat Ayres, Immediate Past President

Brenda Breese, Secretary

Arlene Reeves, Treasurer

Lisa Spencer, Director

Eileen Wegman-Koeberle, Director

Mary Zingerella, Director

Current fundraising goal

Updated furniture

We are currently working with the school library staff, community library staff, and a library designer to replace some of the library’s heavy tables and chairs with lightweight, stackable chairs and collapsible tables.

This will give us more flexibility to meet patron needs by letting us easily reconfigure the rooms for different purposes.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 to furnish the rooms that are in most need of updating:

  • The “Fish Bowl” – the glass-enclosed classroom located in the children’s section
  • The Langton Conference Room – aka the board room, located near the Elementary School entrance

Any donation is welcome and appreciated!

The “fish bowl” room at the library

How we support the Red Jacket Community Library

The Friends of RJCL have raised $25,000 over 14 years to support a wide range of programs and purchases.

Equipment and Supplies

We supplement the library budget with purchases of:

  • ADA accessible door opener
  • Books
  • Cameras and a projector
  • Computers and printers
  • 3D printer
  • Coffee maker for patrons
  • Baby changing table
  • Furniture purchases and refurbishing
  • Folding chairs with storage rack
  • Picnic tables
  • Shelving for books and DVDs
  • Signs for events and promotions
  • Rolling book cart

Programs

We fund a range of programs and activities for patrons of all ages, including:

  • Concerts and music programs
  • Storytellers, magicians and other activities
  • License for public showing of movies
  • Summer reading programs for children, teens and adults
  • Transportation to the book fair

Grant matches

We provide matching funds for grants earned by the library, including:

  • Libre Foundation grant – for books
  • Gates Foundation grant – for computers

Become a Member!

Membership form