Friends of the Library groups are independent, non-profit, volunteer organizations that sponsor fundraising and other activities on behalf of their local libraries. That defines us for legal and tax purposes, but what does it really mean? Friends are local people who support their library with their donations of time and money. Through our generosity and willingness to lend a helping hand (think book sale!), in the past years the Friends:

  • Funded the Library’s initial large print and audio book collections
  • Fund access to Ancestry.com, a family history research database, and offer genealogical research assistance
  • Assist with Community Room renovations through funding and volunteer labor
  • Provided new furniture for the Library’s Reading Nook
  • Built and maintain three Little Free Libraries in the community
  • Funded the Library book return box during the entryway renovation
  • Funded the Library’s automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Funded and maintain Library garden and landscaping
  • Provide ongoing monetary support of the Library’s youth programs including giveaway children’s books during March is Reading Month, the Summer Reading Program and Book-or-Treat in October
  • Decorate the Library for the holiday season

Get involved! We are looking for individuals to support the Library in a variety of ways. Provide a monetary donation, donate your time, donate your expertise!

Monetary Donations
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Donate by check:
Friends of the Library
PO Box 340
Suttons Bay, MI, 49682

Donate Your Time
Check out a short-term volunteer opportunity. Stop by our monthly meeting or email us at friends@sbbdl.org.

  • JANUARY: Take down Library’s holiday decorations (4 hours)
  • APRIL: Promote Friends during National Library Week
  • SPRING: Assist at a Book Donation Drop-Off Day (2 hours. Monthly dates each spring.)
  • EARLY AUGUST: Set up for the Annual Book Sale (4 hours)
  • EARLY AUGUST: Sales during the Annual Book Sale (2-8 hours)
  • EARLY AUGUST: Clean up after the Annual Book Sale (4 hours)
  • FALL: Assist at a Book Donation Drop-Off Day (2 hours. Monthly dates each fall.)
  • OCTOBER: Promote Friends during National Friends of the Library Week
  • NOVEMBER: Decorate library for holiday season (4 hours)
  • OCCASIONAL, YEAR ROUND: Man an informational table about the Friends
  • OCCASIONAL, YEAR ROUND: Fill & maintain Little Free Libraries

Donate Your Expertise
We are always looking for individuals to join our team. We need long-term volunteers to provide leadership and expertise for our annual events and ongoing support. The Friends of the Library Board meets monthly and welcomes new members. Stop by our monthly meeting or email us at friends@sbbdl.org.


Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm in the Library’s lower level Community Meeting Room, unless otherwise listed. Click on the date for the current meeting agenda. If you’d like to learn more about the Friends, stop by our monthly meeting or email us at friends@sbbdl.org.

January 23
February 27 Postponed until March 5 due to lack of quorum
March 5
March 26
April 23
May 28
June 25
July 23
August 27
September 24
October 22
November 26
No December meeting

Friends Annual Book Sale will be held on August 3 & 4

The Friends Books, Bites and Lights Gala will not be held in 2024