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)
Used Book Sales
Trick or Read - the Halloween book distribution in the Village
Books, Bags, & Bagels Event
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