Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library (Who are we?)

The Friends of the Hayden Public Library group was started in fall of 2005 as a non-profit organization to support the library and its needs.

Their purpose is to support programs and services at the library.  They are a group of volunteers who believe libraries are important to the community. They willingly donate their time to help the library flourish and improve services throughout the year.

For the last 3 years, the Friends have given holiday cheer to the elderly in the area. The first year they gave bags with homemade bookmarks, scarves, tea and other gifts. The last 2 years they gave jars filled with ingredients for cookies, cakes, soup and drinks. They raise funds through membership dues, donations, bake sales, book sales and the Community Birthday Calendar, which is a major yearly fund raising project. 

The group meets every SECOND WEDNESDAY each month at 3 p.m. at the library (or on Zoom as needed) Refreshments are served!

Anyone may join the Friends group by filling out and sending in a membership form with annual dues. The dues and fundraisers help pay for various projects that go beyond the library’s budget.

Why Friends are important!

The Friends also sponsor programs for social interaction in our community such as our Annual Art Show, the Seed Library, Author Book Talks and signings, Soup Socials and guest speakers.  The group is always open to trying out new and innovative ideas to sponsor, and to suggestions for needs in the community.  (They would love to hear from you!) They also encourage adults and kids to be life-long readers and learners.

Join the Friends of the Hayden Library today! Download and print the membership form here.

The Friends of the Library purchased some great items for the library & community to enjoy:

Changing table in the Women’s bathroom

We enjoy using the smart TV for various programs.

Yes, Encyclopedia’s still exist 🙂

The bulletin board is a great asset to the library to share events and news with the community.

Every time you fill your water bottle or get a drink you can thank the Friends of the Library.

Framing of the 1914 Routt County Fair picture done by Jim Folley.

Some wonderful things that they have purchased or supported over the years….2013 to present.

Sound bar with woofer for our television
Smart Television and stand
Outside umbrella for our patio table
Christmas snowman “wreath” for our entrance
Two years of sponsoring and catering the Annual Art Show opening night.
Water fountain with bottle filler
Closet shelving (and installation so graciously donated by one member’s husband—thank you Jeff and Karen)
Craft supplies for our Annual Christmas gifts giveaway
Three years of helping with the Community Birthday Calendar
Sponsoring and stocking the Seed Library
Pilcrow Foundation grant match (we won a grant!)
The World Book Encyclopedia set
Outside two door Aluminum Bulletin Board
CD/DVD disc repair machine
Framing (and repairing) the 1914 Routt County Fair picture
Baby changing table in the restroom
Summer Reading prizes, supplies, tie-dye t-shirts and more!
Vista Print Banners (4)
Sponsors of many presentations given for patrons over the years.

…and many more! We are grateful and want to thank them for all they do.