Friends of the Rochester Public Library

The Friends of the Rochester Public Library raise funds to expand the library’s collections and programs, support special projects and promote awareness through community involvement. Funds come mainly from membership contributions, special events, and the sale of donated books at the Book Store, the sale of books online, and through four large auditorium Book Sales held throughout the year.

Amazon Smile program - Support the Friends with your purchases

You can support the Friends of the Rochester Public Library through your purchases. Change your bookmark for to, sign in with your Amazon account name and password, then sign up to support the Friends of the Rochester Minnesota Public Library. (When you create an account, Amazon will ask you to identify the program you want to support.  Type in "Friends of the Rochester Public Library".) Then Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Friends of the Library. No extra charges for you, just extra money for the library! Learn more about

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Friends' Board Officers 2014

Back Row: Delip Cotter, Eugenia Dragomir, Cathy Amstrong, Pat Siljenberg, Bruce Witts, Dave Anderson, Iris Freid, Pat Mann, Phyllis Hambright, Lathika Nair, and Barbara Eakins.

Front Row:  Kay Eberman, Twila Winter, Harriet Hodgson, and Kay Aune.

Not pictured:  Shirley Edmonson, Elizabeth Ritman, and Mary Barrett


Punch Cards for Free Books

Begining at mid-February, the Bookstore began handing out punch cards with purchases.  For each purchase that you make, you will receive one punch.  For example, if during one visit, you purchase three books, you will receive three punches.  Once you have a total of 9 punches, your 10th book is free - with a value of up to $3.00.  To date, we have give out over 300 punch cards, and we have redeemed several dozen.  Pick up your punch card the next time you are in the Friends' Bookstore.



Bookmobile Garage Door

Peter Lex has finished painting the Library garage door where the Bookmobile is parked when not in use.  The automotive paint has deep colors and a wonderful gloss guaranteed to give us years of pleasure. If you have not yet seen the mural, stop by on the west side of the Library near the book return and see this terrific piece of art.  The door was designed by Nicole Henry and Ally Addison.


Bookstore Make-Over


The Friends' Bookstore has had a make-over.  In addition to new paint, the Friends have also installed new track lighting to brighten the shelves near mystery and science fiction as well as cooking. Most recently, we put up our new signs to help you navigate the store more easily.  Stop in today to see our new look!

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Friends' Newsletters


Summer 2014

  Spring 2014


Winter 2013

winter newsletter



Newsletter Archive.

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Get Social with your Friends: Friends Facebook page Friends Blog


Paige Turner is dressed in a traditional Somali outfit.


The display next to the elevator currently contains banned books.  You can purchase them in the Friends' Bookstore.

Come into the Friends' Bookstore to see our Halloween book displa y.





The Friends' Bookstore has many gift-quality books.Here is a collection of cookbooks we recently displayed.