Individual - $10.00
Family - $15.00
Patron - $25.00
Silver Patron - $50.00
Golden Patron - $100.00
- Free Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream coupon
- Used Book Buck for use in the Book Nook
- 10% Dean's Greenhouse discount (when you show your membership card)
- Admission to Preview Night for the Friends' Annual Big Book Sale
View and print the application (PDF) and bring it to the Information Desk at the library. The Friends' Board usually meets at the library on the second Thursday of every other month, and members are welcome to attend. An Annual Meeting is held, usually in January (contact the Friends for information).
Book Nook Used Book Room
The Book Nook is a used book store located in the library lobby near the Welcome desk and operated by the volunteer Friends of Porter Public Library.
Used books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles donated to the Friends, as well as items removed from the library's collection, are on sale to the public.
You won't find more reasonable prices anywhere! Most paperbacks are $0.25 or $1.00, most hardbound books are $1.00, children’s books are $0.50 or less and recent library discards are $2.00. There are several shelves of special priced items, too.
Book Nook Hours
Monday: 3 pm - 7 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 2 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
When the Book Nook is closed, please visit our $1 shelves located in the lobby.
The Book Nook accepts donations of books, media and other items in good condition. Items are sold in the Book Nook and at the Friends' Annual Big Book Sale to benefit the library. Please review the guidelines for acceptable materials.
The 2023 Friends’ Annual Big Book Sale is scheduled for October 19-22, 2023, with Preview Night on October 18 for Friends members.
If you would like to help with the sale, please indicate that on your membership form, email the Friends, or leave a message on the Friends' voicemail. (Book Sale volunteers do not need to be Friends members.)
We now accept Apple Pay, Google Wallet, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
Organized in 1972, Friends of Porter Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization which supports the library by giving volunteer service and monetary contributions. These monetary gifts support programs and purchase items that are beyond the library's regular budget.
The Friends raise funds from membership, Portables Gift Shop, the Book Nook, annual Book Sale, and periodic special fundraisers throughout the year. Since its inception, the Friends have donated over $1,000,000 to Westlake Porter Public Library! The donations have been used to purchase Outreach vans, underwrite the summer reading program, Joyful Noise programs, various staff incentives, computers and programs for the children's area, new shelving, furniture and equipment, library and audio materials, and programming.
In addition, the Friends provided funding for the Quiet Reading Room when the library went through a major renovation and doubled its size in 2001. They also provided underwriting for the biennial "WestFest", a literary celebration that brought accomplished authors to Westlake for lectures and school appearances. They donated money toward renovating the children's area. Every summer for three decades, the Friends held an annual Ice Cream Social, coinciding with the conclusion of the Summer Library Challenge.
Download a membership brochure, or pick one up at the Reception Desk in the lobby of the library and join this active and great group who support Westlake Porter Public Library.
Volunteer opportunities with Friends of Porter Public Library are available in the following areas.
The Book Nook - selling, sorting, and organizing books
October Annual Big Book Sale - sorting and organizing books before the sale; working during the Preview Night or sale
Please contact us if you are interested.
Friends has funded many projects over the years: here are just a few!
Pre-School Play Area Renovation
Technology Training Lab Renovation
Reading Garden Furnishings
Friends has purchased minivans for the library to use for delivery to the homebound.
The Friends group also funds many library programs and events throughout the year, such as the Summer Library Challenge.