Friends of the Traverse Area District Library

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 Traverse Area District Library (TADL) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1982 and dedicated to encouraging awareness, appreciation, use, and support of TADL facilities and its role in the cultural and educational development of the district. We invite you to join this dynamic group of individuals who share a love of literacy and libraries.
  • $15-Single
  • $25-Couple/Family (one address)

*A donation of $500 or more will be recognized on the donor wall in the lobby of the Main Library (Traverse City).  If you are interested in becoming a member, please click here for a printer friendly PDF . Fill out and return to the Friends of TADL.

Membership benefits include:

  • Free admission to the TADL Friends Preview Sales. Get a head start on some great books and bargains with early access for Friends Members!
  • Drinks and snacks at each Friends Event.
  • An invitation to attend the Friends Annual Spring Meeting.
  • The pleasure and pride in knowing that you are helping support the library!

Save these important dates!

Media Sale – April 13, 2019  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Friends only 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)

Spring Vintage and Estate Book Sale – May 10-11, 2019

Annual Meeting – Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fall Book Sale – September 28 – 29, 2019 (Friends only 9/27 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)


Friends of TADL Board of Directors Meetings

To learn more about the Friends of TADL, we encourage you to attend one of our monthly meetings of the Friends of TADL Board of Directors. Meetings are normally held on the first Tuesday of the month at noon in the Thirlby Room at the Main Library (2nd floor).

For those unable to attend, or interested to learn about upcoming projects, click here to view the Minutes from past TADL Friends Board of Directors Meetings.

2019-2020 Friends of TADL Board of Directors

  • Doug Weaver – President
  • Donna Hornberger – Vice President
  • Mike Thomas – Treasurer
  • Reba Leiding – Financial Secretary
  • Marika BeVier – Recording Secretary
  • Meagan Belden – Member-at-Large
  • Maryln Lawrence – Member-at-Large
  • Margaret Monsour – Member-at-Large
  • Amy Shamroe – Member-at-Large
  • Amelia Siders – Member-at-Large
  • Carolyn Wolf – Member-at-Large
2017-18 Friends of TADL Board (Pictured L-R) (Front) Reba Leiding, Margaret Monsour, Jill Hutchinson, Marika BeVier (Back) TADL Director – Gail Parsons, Doug Weaver, Noel Watson, Maryln Lawerence, Amy Shamroe, Amelia Siders

More About the Friends

  • The Friends host several book sales throughout the year which take place in the McGuire Community Room at the Main Library featuring a spring sale in May and a fall sale in September. The sales include 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 heavy refreshments, 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 of TADL belongs to the American Library Association, is a member of the Friends of Michigan Libraries, and contribute to make TADL programming possible.
  • The Friends financially support the following programs and library services:
    • Gifts to support capital improvements in the Youth Services Department’s Tween Scene (2016), Read-to-Me corner (2017), and the Preschool Interactive Learning Area – PILA (2018).
    • The software license which brings to patrons and staff interested in genealogy.
    • Funding support to transport TCAPS classes to the TADL Main Library.
    • The software which distributes the TADL electronic newsletter each month to more than 30,000 TADL cardholders.
    • 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 the Main Library.
    • Summer Reading Club programming and activities for youth, teen, and adults.
    • Contribution to Grow the Gardens, a library landscaping project designed by local, award winning landscape architect Dean Conners.
    • The Friends support the Born to Read program for new parents with the TC Twilight Rotary and Munson Medical Center in collaboration with TADL youth services.