The Friends of Lakewood Public Library is a volunteer organization that has supported the Library with materials, programming and service since 1980. Originally brought together by a determination to keep good books from going into the trash, the group has grown with the Library to become an essential part of Lakewood’s way of life.

Donations of old books, magazines, movies and electronics are welcome every day of the year. While some of these materials make their way into the Library’s collection, most items end up being sold at the Friends’ seasonal book sales. The proceeds are used to sponsor free lectures, concerts and films at the Library and to pay for crucial materials like the Library’s Program Guide and the Library’s van which is used to deliver books to classrooms and those who are unable to leave their homes.

In the last few years, the Friends have begun selling rare books online to increase revenue. Reading material has been donated to armed forces personnel serving in warzones. And libraries devastated by floods and other natural disasters have put themselves back together with help from the Friends.

Support the Friends by donating materials, volunteering, shopping at the next sale or attending a concert.


Sunday with the Friends

Nearly every Sunday at 2:00 pm, the Friends of Lakewood Public Library are proud to present
free concerts, lectures and more. Join us in the Main Library Auditorium. These programs are
open to one and all.

January 25                                   Mike Jacobs: Former Child Actor
Straight out of North Ridgeville, Mike Jacobs has played guitar, bass, drums, theremin and bassoon in groups like Colorado Biosphere, Up All Night Alien Scum, The Jotnar, Tracy Marie Band, and currently Smiley Baldazar, The Brittany Reilly Band and Haight Street Revue. This concert will be his first proper solo effort in twenty years, featuring the debut of a suite of original songs written for the occasion. Jacobs has an unbridled imagination and the skill to match his vision—think Syd Barrett matched with Jimi Hendrix and just the right amount of John Denver. The title comes from former bandmates who used to convince hangers-on that Jacobs had starred in a short-lived Canadian sitcom called The Boy Who Hated Racoons. There's something about him that makes you wish it were true.

February 1                      Duck Soup
It’s been called the funniest of the Marx Brothers films, a mad surrealistic masterpiece and the boldest anti-war statement to ever come out of Hollywood, but Groucho himself characterized it as, “four Jews telling jokes.” Groucho plays Rufus T. Firefly, the president and dictator of the bankrupt republic of Freedonia who declares war on neighboring Sylvania for some quick cash. Chico and Harpo arrive on the scene as enemy spies, Chicolini and Pinky, but soon find themselves becoming trusted members of Firefly’s cabinet—though Chicolini holds onto his day job selling peanuts. Whatever the plot is, it manages to stay well out of the way of the endless parade of puns, one-liners, pratfalls, sight gags, songs, slapstick, court martials and other bits of comedy that make us want to watch this movie again and again. The final battle—wherein the Marx brothers make a mockery of love, war, time and film itself—is a must-see corker! <catalog>

 February 8                      Two Poets: Joe Toner and Dan Rourke
The pounding snow is driving you bananas, and the cold is threatening to snap your bones. So why not slam down a hot chocolate, get to the Library and warm yourself with laughter and poetry? For Joe Toner and Dan Rourke, poetry is the noblest of human endeavors—part vaudeville act, part existential probe into the reasons a grown man might be addicted to peanut butter. Come savor their luxuriant reflections on language and gaze upon the last two people in the world without smart phones. Winner of a 2014 CPAC award, Dan Rourke has performed his poetry for twenty-five years in the Cleveland area. In addition to poetry, he has written essays, song lyrics, a musical and short stories and is currently working on a novel about the life of Fair Hooker. A former high school English teacher, magazine editor, and bookseller, he now works at the Cleveland Foodbank. All of which pales in comparison to the fact that he once wrestled a bear. Joe Toner also taught English at St. Ignatius High School and now teaches at Rocky River High School. As a child, perhaps he delivered your daily newspaper. Since you probably didn’t tip him back then, come and personally thank him by showing up.

February 15                    Jonathan Hooper
Jonathan Hooper is a nice young man with an old soul who we imagine would fit right in at a 1940s New Orleans piano bar. This classically trained vocalist can croon a tune that will transport you back to the golden age of American music, but his true love since age five has always been the piano. After studying in New York with jazz giant Dave Frank, he’s back in his hometown to entertain you with some of his favorite music, combining the solo jazz piano of Bill Evans, Art Tatum and others with the timeless crooning of Frank Sinatra. Who knows, there may even be a few jokes! This performance takes place in the First Floor Multipurpose Room.

February 22                    Ernie Krivda
Perhaps Mike Shanley said it best in the Jazz Times when he wrote, “Ernie possesses an endless flow of melodic ideas that makes everything he plays sound fresh and alive." Now in his fifth decade as a jazz performer, Ernie Krivda is acknowledged by both critics and peers as one of the world's great tenor saxophone players. But as Harvey Pekar wryly pointed out, “no one may know this because he lives in Cleveland.” In demand all over the world, he can only say, “It might be better for my career to live somewhere else but it’s better for my art to live in Cleveland.” An impressive body of recordings backs up that statement—check out our extensive collection of Krivda CDs—but this concert is a chance for Library audiences to experience his performance in person in a cozy little auditorium with no clinking glasses and no amplification—just the sound and the man. Sit back and let him close out our season with a roar. <catalog>

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Friends Book Sales

Friends Spring Book Sale
Saturday, March 28
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friends Summer Bag Sale
Saturday, June 13
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Arts Festival Sale
Saturday, August 1
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join the Friends and receive entrance to special, members-only preview sales on Thursday March 26 and Thursday June 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Memberships may be purchased at the door or with the form below.

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The Internal Revenue Service recognizes the Friends of Lakewood Public Library as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Donations to the Friends of Lakewood Public Library are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by the law.

Dues are tax-deductible and renewable annually in January.

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