The Friends are an enthusiastic group of men and women who support the mission of the Traverse Area District Library (TADL) and contribute their funds and/or time and creativity to further TADL's mission to enrich our community. A friend is someone like you!
The Mission of the Friends
The Friends of TADL is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1982 and dedicated to encouraging appreciation and use of the Traverse Area District Library, a network of community libraries, building greater awareness of the TADL facilities, expanding the role of the TADL in the cultural and educational development of the district, attracting gifts, manuscripts, bequests of books, art objects and funds to support and improve the TADL resources and services.
We invite you to join this dynamic group of individuals who share a love of literacy and libraries.
LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP
- $25-group, one address
*A donation of $300 or more will be recognized on the donor wall in the lobby of the Woodmere (Main) Branch of the Traverse Area District Library. If you are interested in becoming a member, please click here for a printer friendly PDF of the 2013 Membership form. Fill out and return to the Friends of TADL.
Friends of TADL Board of Directors
- Ruth Bay, President
- Bob Crosby, Treasurer
- Maryln Lawrence, Membership
- Karen Kuehlhorn, Member-at-Large
- Jodi Simpson, Member-at-Large
- Miki Connell, Member-at-Large
- Brad Spencer, Member-at-Large
More About the Friends
- The Friends manage and operate The Friends of TADL Gift Shop located in the Atrium at the TADL Woodmere (Main) Branch.
- The Friends conduct several book sales throughout the year which take place in the McGuire Community Room at the TADL Woodmere (Main) Branch:
 The Spring One Day Book Sale in April features fiction, non-fiction, children's books, CDs, DVDs and more.
 The Annual Used and Almost Rare Book Sale takes place in September. The sale includes thousands of used books including some rare editions, classics, recent fiction and non-fiction in hardcover and softcover, children's books, cookbooks, computer books, CDs, and DVDs.
- The Friends offer food, entertainment and a summary of the year's activities at the Annual Friends of TADL Meeting each May. The public is encouraged to attend, get acquainted and enjoy an evening with Friends.
- The Friends financially support the following programs and library services:
 The software license which brings www.ancestry.com to patrons and staff interested in genealogy.
 Funding support to transport TCAPS classes to Woodmere.
 The software which distributes the TADL electronic newsletter each month.
 The popular Poets' Night Out, taking place in April during National Poetry Month and have done so since 1997.
 The purchase of books to add to the TADL borrowing collection for the annual TC READS selection and for the NWS authors.
 The purchase of two of the express check out stations available at Woodmere.
 Contribution to Grow the Gardens, a library landscaping project designed by local, award winning landscape architect Dean Conners.
- The Friends have partnered with the following organizations and literacy initiatives:
 Proud sponsor of the Traverse City National Writers Series, especially its scholarship program.
 Partner with TC Reads to bring a well-known author to Traverse City each fall.
 Sponsor the Read Aloud 15 Minutes program locally at Traverse Heights Elementary, with volunteer and ongoing funding support.
 Support the Born to Read program for new parents with the TC Twilight Rotary and Munson Medical Center
The Friends of TADL belongs to the American Library Association, is a member of the Friends of Michigan Libraries, and contribute to make TADL programming possible. To learn more about the Friends of TADL, we encourage you to attend one of our monthly Board of Directors meetings. They are normally held on the first Tuesday of the month at noon in the Nelson Reading Room-Woodmere.