I've participated in programming of the Friends for many years, and continue to be so impressed by the variety and quality of their offerings, most of which are free. Programs are spread throughout the St. Paul area, including at all the branch libraries. I'm also a fan of their very effective communications with members. Happy to support them!
As a regular donor to The Friends, I continue to be impressed at the many creative and engaging programs they produce. I would give them 100 stars if that were possible!
I don't have the means to be a big donor but I am very careful with my charitable giving. That's one reason I feel good about giving to The Friends. Whether it's a puppet show or business materials and training for underrepresented people, or something as large in scope as remodeling the libraries, I know that The Friends will use my dollars, and those of all its donors, wisely and well.
In addition, The Friends orchestrate amazing programs that bring authors out to libraries and other public venues -- often at little or no cost to attendees. One of my favorite Friends programs is the Minnesota Book Awards, which floundered and almost went under until The Friends took it over. I make it a point to read many of the nominees and award winners. In fact I have one waiting for me at my favorite St. Paul Public Library!
I can't think of one negative thing to say about this amazing organization. When I give to other organizations, I measure their effectiveness against The Friends!
The Friends is a truly remarkable organization. It is such an effective steward of private funds. It accomplishes so much on so little. It is one of the most highly respected organizations in Saint Paul. Everyone I know feels the same. I have never heard one bit of criticism about them.
I'm so impressed with the Friends of the Saint Paul Library. They raise significant funds for the Saint Paul Libraries (with low overhead) to support wonderful programs and facilities. I bring my kids to the Saturday programs at Central (the puppet theater is fantastic!) and enjoy the music and movies throughout the year.
I've been a member of The Friends for over ten years. I've found it to be one of the most effective, entrepreneurial nonprofits I've come in contact with. It provides millions of dollars to the Saint Paul Public Library through its successful public advocacy and through comprehensive fundraising efforts. It's a true model of a highly functional, effective nonprofit.
I've been a member of The Friends and an advocate for the Saint Paul Public Library for 20 years. The annual advocacy process is thoughtful, strategic, and effective. We've been successful at getting the Mayor and City Council to restore cuts to library funding or increase the budget for hours, books and materials year after year because The Friends works so well with library leadership, community volunteers and their elected officials, often leveraging its appeal by offering matching private funds for library enhancements. Never outrageous in its request.
The Friends are committed and innovative; they're savvy achievers, and with the weight of their supporters, a powerful support organization for one of the best libraries in the country.