Board of Directors

PRESIDENT: Karla Brown
VICE-PRESIDENT: Cynthia Peterson
SECRETARY: Kathy Johnson
TREASURER: Carolyn Mottley
BOARD MEMBERS: Kelly Coppola, Sue Luzum, Tom Murray, Marilyn Rue, Mark Ruen
Mission Statement: It is the purpose of the Friends of the Library to promote and enhance the Decorah Public Library and its programs for the leisure, entertainment and personal life-long learning of the citizens of Decorah and greater Winneshiek County.

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What is Friends?

FRIENDS was created to be a support organization for the Decorah Public Library. FRIENDS helps raise the awareness of the Library in the community, and supports and sponsors many programs within the Library as well as doing work 'behind the scenes' to help make the Library a facility relevant to all the residents of the greater Decorah area.

 Why join Friends?

  • Stay informed through a quarterly newsletter
  • Engage in fundraising for Library needs
  • Enhance and support the efforts of Library personnel and volunteers
  • Promote the Library through special events

Did you know...

  • FRIENDS funds are derived by memberships, memorials, and gifts
  • FRIENDS purchase furniture and equipment for the Library
  • FRIENDS recently purchased over 600 new books for the Library collection

Friends Donation

New Postal Room Furniture Decorah Public Library

New furniture in the "postal room" at the Decorah Public Library was donated in part by the Friends.  Visit this cozy space which tells the story of this historic library building and try out the comfortable chairs!


Monday Club Donation

Monday Club Friends Donation Dec 2019

The Monday Club recently presented the Friends of Decorah Public Library with a $2,150 donation. The Monday Club has been a staunch supporter of the Decorah Public Library for over fifty years. Pictured are Friends of Decorah Public Library President, Jane Kemp; Monday Club President, Barbara Amundson; and, Monday Club Treasurer, Jeanne Wright.  Photo credit:  Nick Chill