About FOBL

The Friends of the Bluffton Library evolved from the original group of dedicated Bluffton volunteers. We continue their tradition by serving as enthusiastic and generous supporters who provide funds for materials and services that exceed the library’s limited budget. Historically, currently, and into the future, the Bluffton Branch Library depends on volunteers like The Friends.

Won’t you join us?

See our Membership page for information on how to join.


What we do: the FOBL have been able to contribute to the Library in many ways:

  • On-going Children, Teen, and Adult programming with materials, entertainment, and prizes
  • Summer reading programs for Children and Adults
  • Leased adult book collection: Adult Lease Plan and Lucky Day Collection
  • Children’s computers with bilingual interactive programs
  • Wii console and X box for Teens
  • Library furnishings
  • Bike rack, locks, and signs
  • The Friends Bookstore! – our major fundraising project


How your donations help the Library:

  • The sale of a used paperback ($1): a treat for a child at an outreach event
  • A $3 sale: an issue of the New York Times
  • Annual individual membership ($15): 50 lanyards for 50 new library cards for children 4-17
  • Annual Family membership ($25): 1 book for the Lucky Day Collection
  • Annual Patron Membership ($50): 25 take-home crafts for families
  • $100: microphone in new Children’s Program Room
  • Annual Benefactor membership ($250): fitted table cover for Farmer’s Market table
  • Annual Lifetime membership ($500): portable tent for Farmer’s Market, or a media spinner on the FOBL Bookstore
  • A gift of $1500: one section of new shelving in the FOBL Bookstore; or a new public computer
  • A gift of $2000: one self-check machine and software
  • A gift of $2500: one-quarter of a year’s free copy/scan/fax service
  • A gift of $5000: one year access to 33 digital magazines in Flipster; or one year’s access to Ancestry.com
  • A gift of $20,000 pays for one month of Hoopla [11,000 items accessed by patrons]


Friends of the Bluffton Library
2022 Board of Directors


Lois Margaret Nora, President
Dr. Gwendolyn Fox, Vice President
Linda Gillet, Treasurer
Darlene Leshnock, Secretary
Deborah (Deb) Barnum, Marketing/Publicity
Ed Emrich, Giving Tree Donations
Jim Quirk, Marketing/Membership
Marilyn Watson, Membership
Loretta Wells, Book Sales
Jennifer Dziomba, Past President

The Lucky Day Collection
©2022 Friends of the Bluffton Library