About the Friends

Friends of Harrison Township Public LibraryDo you love the Harrison Township Public Library? Show your appreciation for the many services the library offers by joining the Friends of the Library. The Friends are a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the support and growth of the Harrison Township Public Library. Members of the Friends help achieve our mission through fundraisers, word-of-mouth campaigns and other volunteer activities. The cost of the annual membership is small, but the rewards are many.

As our logo indicates, the Friends are the anchor of the Harrison Township Public Library. Though not a recognized organization until 2014, these volunteers have been the backbone of the library since it’s very beginning. The funds raised by the Friends make programs like the Summer Reading Program possible, as well as electronic recycling and shredding days.

Make a Donation

Your donation will help the Friends fulfill our mission to support the Library.

or Monthly Donation


Become a Friend

Joining the Friends costs just $15 for an individual, or $20 the entire family.

Friends Membership

$15.00 - $20.00

Join or Renew Online

If you prefer to pay by cash or check, download and print the membership application. If paying by check, make payable to Friends of Harrison Township Public Library and mail to:

Friends of the Library
c/o Harrison Township Public Library
38255 L’Anse Creuse St, Ste A
Harrison Township, MI 48045

You can also drop of your membership form and cash or check payment at the library during regular hours.

What The Friends do

  • Promote understanding and appreciation of the library and its services in the community.
  • Raise funds for Library needs/services beyond the Library’s budget.
  • Hold fundraisers throughout the year.
  • Support new library services and technologies.
  • Volunteer in the library and at fundraising events as needed.
  • Encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests for the benefit of the library.
  • Raise funds for a new, improved Library space.
  • Restock Book Nooks.
  • Maintain the Used Book area in the library.

Reasons to be a Friend

  • The satisfaction of helping to improve their community.
  • Championship of a cause.
  • Be part of something bigger than yourself.
  • Share a common goal with other, like-minded residents.
  • Leadership opportunities.
  • Fellowship.

Other ways to support The Friends

  • Do you shop on AmazonSmile or at Kroger? Consider signing the library up to receive a percentage of your total bill. Join Kroger Community Rewards at this link!
  • Consider purchasing a memorial Paver. Find the order form here (link)
  • Volunteer to work at the library or at fundraising events.
  • Purchase a used book, or two or three
  • Make a donation


Used book sale

The Friends run an ongoing book sale in the back corner of the library. BOGO sales announced periodically. Watch your email and our Facebook page for announcements.

Book sale prices
Adult hardcover books $1.00
Adult paperback books $0.50
Children’s hardcover books $0.50
Children’s paperback books $0.25
Audiobooks $0.50
Music CDs $0.25
DVDs $1.00
Exclusive Discount for Teachers (Children’s books only) $0.10

Donating Books and Other Materials

We accept book donations at the library. Please be aware of the following:

  • Please donate books to our circulation desk during our regular operating hours.
  • Please do not leave book donations in our after-hours drop box or outside of the library doors.
  • Please do not leave worn, smelly, musty books or magazines.
  • A receipt for your donation is available upon request.

Support the friends while you shop

To support the Friends, always shop at smile.amazon.com.
Donate to the Harrison Township Friends of the Library every time you make a purchase on Amazon. It is easy to do and there is no additional cost to you. Simply do your shopping at smile.amazon.com rather than at amazon.com.

AmazonSmile is the same shopping site as Amazon.com, but with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the eligible purchase price to the charity of your choice. Signing up is easy!

How to sign up for AmazonSmile

Shopping on a PC or laptop:
  1. Open your web browser of choice (Google, Safari, Firefox, Edge, etc.)
  2. Type smile.amazon.com in the search window.
  3. Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com.
  4. Type Friends of the Harrison Township Public Library in the search bar.
  5. Click on Search.
  6. Click on Select next to the Friends entry.
  7. Start shopping!

If you shop using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app.
  2. Navigate to the main menu (=).
  3. Tap on Settings and then select AmazonSmile.
  4. Type Friends of the Harrison Township Public Library in the search bar.

App is not available for tablets at this time.


The Friend’s board meets quarterly, and all members are invited to attend the meetings. Meetings are held the second Thursday of January, April, July, and October. The meetings are held at the library and begin at 6:30 unless otherwise noted.

Board of Directors

President Sylvia Arakelian (aarake01@att.net)
Vice President Beverley Ortman (beortman@yahoo.com)
Treasurer Linda Silvonent (ljsilvonen@gmail.com)
Secretary Margaret Tiesler (mstiesler@gmail.com)
Member-At-Large Lynda Cicchini
Member-At-Large Jill Baker
Member-At-Large Jan Greenup

Friends committees

Are you a creative person looking for a new outlet for your talents? Consider joining a committee and helping us reinvent the Friends organization and events.

Standing Committees
Membership Sylvia Arakelian, chair
Fundraising Janet Greenup, chair
PR/Marketing Beverley Ortman, chair

Click on chairperson’s name to contact by email.

The Friends of Harrison Township Public Library is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under section a 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code and donations may be tax deductible.