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Friends of the Civic Center Library

Who We Are

Friends of the Civic Center Library consist of approximately 60 dues paid members and an all-volunteer board consisting of:

  • Shelley Cooper

  • Penny Wells


Once a year the board hosts the Civic Center Friends Annual Membership Meeting at the library with a wine and cheese reception followed by a speaker and topics the interest/business. The board meets on an as-needed basis throughout the year.

What We Do

The original purpose of our chapter was to support the Civic Center Library, and it still is, but more financially than politically. This is done through the presentation of an annual “Wish List” by the branch manager, Eva Patterson, to the board, reflecting the needs of various areas of the library: California Room, Children’s Room, Teen area, and Adult Reading Room. We have agreed to fund shelving, furniture, machines, reading materials, plants, and activities. The board raises money for these projects through income from dues, donations and involvement at The Book Place (the Friends’ fabulous used bookstore in Novato).

The Book Place

Members of the Civic Center Friends chapter volunteer at The Book Place in order to help raise funds for the library. Volunteering at the Book Place is not only fun and interesting but gives one first crack at the hundreds of books that flow through there every month. Contact Ellen Stein, , if this appeals to you.

What Can You Do to Help?
  • Can you write? Consider writing an occasional (or regular) column for Library Leaves about acitivties at the Civic Center Library.

  • Do you enjoy lectures on topics of local interest? The library has a full and active schedule. Attend and offer membership envelopes.

  • Are you website savvy? Help keep information about the Civic Center Friends on this website up to date.

  • Come and enjoy the Civic Center Library!


Contact Penny Wells, for further information or to sign up.

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