Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.

~ Sidney Sheldon

The Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library is a member-supported organization that encourages literacy, lifelong learning, and the love of reading which stimulates interest in the Grosse Pointe Public Library.

Established and active since 1948, we are dedicated to supporting and expanding the educational, cultural, and outreach programs of the library. The Friends sponsor activities that align with our mission to encourage learning and reading and support the Grosse Pointe Public Library.

Our mission is achieved through a strong membership base and volunteer group that generously supports Friends' activities such as the Friends Down Under Book Store, Used Book Sales and The Books, Bags, and Bagels event. Funds from these events go directly to the library to support their wide variety of programming.

Friends of the GPPL support library programs such as:

  • The 2022 Author to the Pointes Event

  • The 2022 Youth Summer Reading Program

  • The temporary location of the Central Branch in the "Annex"

  • The 2022 Books on the Lake Event

  • The 2021 Authors to the Pointe Event

  • Oudolf Garden Detroit Zoom Presentation

  • The purchase of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for Library Staff

  • Skype visits from popular children’s author Dan Gutman to all of the Grosse Pointe Public School System elementary schools

  • Other Special Library Events

And conduct impactful Friends events such as:

  • The Friends Down Under Bookstore (currently closed due to Woods Branch renovations)

  • Book Exchanges

  • Used Book Sales

  • Trick or Read - the Halloween book distribution in the Village

  • Books, Bags, & Bagels Event

  • Speaker Events

Current Board of Directors

Ed Allotta, President

Tracy Magee, Vice President

Susan Vethacke, Treasurer

Gina Tecos, Secretary

Donna Abdoo, Katy Allen, Shail Arora, Martina Burke, Jill Campbell, Vicki Granger, Eva Habib, Megan Irving, Richard Larry, Pat Nicholl and Brian Simpson