Friends of Community Library

Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of Community Library is to build a strong membership of enthusiastic Friends dedicated to furthering the purposes of the library and to supplement what cannot be provided by the Library’s budget with funds, materials, equipment and services.


Join the Friends!

The FOCL Board has vacancies and we would like to fill them. The only requirement for Board Membership is that you must be a current member of FOCL.

If you are interested, please submit a brief letter of intent with some personal background and interests and send to

Program Support
Historical figures, live animals and art projects are just some of the programs and activities offered by Community Library for the children and young people that live within the areas that the Salem and Twin Lakes branches serve.

The Friends of Community Library conducts book sales, media sales and other fundraisers to financially support these programs. Every year the Friends contribute $5,000 to make sure the library can find exciting, enlightening and entertaining people to stir the interest of our youth.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering at the library can be fun and rewarding. Many of the tasks require little or no special training and can be accomplished in 2 hours a week or 1 day a month. Other tasks can be shared by several volunteers on a rotating basis. 

The following is a list of some of the tasks available; feel free to make other suggestions of special ways you can help.

Book sale help (sorting and shelving materials, and help with the book sale) and assemble mailings.

Kenosha News Article
Read an interview about the Friends by the Kenosha News.

What is the perfect gift for your friends and neighbors? A membership to the Friends of Community Library. It is a gift they will enjoy throughout the year. Membership year is from January through December. 

Type of Membership
Individual $  10.00
Family $  15.00
Individual Lifetime $100.00
Business $100.00


Board Meetings
The Board meets on the second Friday of each month unless otherwise scheduled. For more information, please send emails to

Youth Services Programs

In its ongoing support of the Library, the Friends are committed to sponsoring youth programs.

Funds will be used for program materials and presenters. The Friends are pleased to be able to contribute to a vital part of the Library’s services. 

Community Library welcomes donations throughout the year. In order to meet our collection standards, we do not accept the following items. 

  • Reader's Digest condensed books
  • Textbooks
  • Magazines
  • Paperback and nonfiction books more than 10 years old
  • Audio book CDs
  • Music CDs
  • DVDs

When a donation is made, we will do one of the following.

  • Add the item to our collection when appropriate
  • Give the item to the Friends of the Library for a book sale
  • Dispose of the item if its condition warrants it

Please note, our staff members are not qualified appraisers; receipts can only be issued for the number of items donated, not for its worth.

Friends Board

Kathey Czischke President
Nancy Kemp Vice President
Barb McSherry Secretary
Bernadette Elverman Treasurer
Maggie Fosdick  
Janet Geller-Lesko