Friends of ICL


The Friends of the Library (FOTL) are people who share a passion for reading, a love for their community, and a strong appreciation of libraries. They are interested in fundraising and promoting awareness of the library within their communities.


FOTL show their support by:

  • Holding fundraising events such as book sales

  • Sponsoring library events

  • Helping to recruit volunteers


The Friends are self-supporting non-profit entities. Membership is open to anyone interested in helping to enhance ICL's services.

To become a Friend, contact one of the officers.

David Cook



Norma Kilpatrick

Vice President

Karen Merchant 


A Note from Karen Merchant

The Friends of the Ionia County Library are thinking of all of you during this unprecedented time in our history. Our hope is that you are all safe and healthy.  We are so proud of our Library Staff and all they have done to bring a sense of normalcy to our library experience.  Any time you can thank them, please make a point to do so. 


The Friends have put all of our activities on hold until 2021 but we are fine tuning each event and will be ready to hit the ground running once we know it will be safe for everyone involved.  The big event for us for the fall is our Mystery Dinner Theatre.  To all of you who have attended in the past, thanks so much!  You have made this a fun and profitable event for the Friends, which in turn, helps to bring events and support to our library.


For you and all others who are interested, our plan is to be back for that event on Saturday, November 6, 2021.  All of our other fundraisers and events will be decided as we go on into 2021. 


Thanks again for all of your support and see you in 2021!