Friends of the Library


Friends of Lisbon Public Library Mission Statement

As friends of the Lisbon Library, we strive to increase resources, enhance awareness, and improve quality of library programs and services.

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The Friends of the Lisbon Public Library are excited to announce their affiliation with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library--an award-winning program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family's income.  
Children from birth to age five who live in the 52253 ZIP code are eligible to register for the Friends of the Lisbon Public Library Imagination Library program.  Once registered, children receive an age appropriate book each month in the mail.  There is no cost to the child or family to participate.  The program is supported by the Friends of the Lisbon Public Library and by donations.  
You can enroll your child/children directly on Dolly Parton's Imagination Library website by clicking on this link or by calling the library at 455-2800 or stopping by at 101 East Main Street.  Donations to Friends of the Lisbon Public Library may be made here through the website portal or mailed to the library at P. O. Box 217.  Please feel free to contact us at if you have questions.
As a Friend, you can contribute resources to enhance experiences and facilities at your library.  We encourage volunteerism and promotion of current and future projects.  If you would like to help support Friends programs and projects with a monetary donation, please click the PayPal image below.



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The Friends of the Lisbon Public Library programs and projects include:


  • Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
  • Summer Reading Program for children
  • Halloween Costume Collection
  • Annual Spelling Bee
  • Reading Friends Book Group
  • Sauerkraut Days Activities
  • After School Activities
  • Heritage Hall guest speakers, puppet shows,  concerts, and other special programming


Various levels of annual Friends membership are:


Avid Reader---$10

Book Whisperer--$25


Best Friend Forever--$100

Page Turner--You decide


Please contact Becky Bunting, Friends of Lisbon Public Library president, at the following email address for more information about becoming a Friend:



THANK YOU BROTHERS MARKET!!!  Have you heard that amazing things happen when a lot of people chip in a little for a good cause?  Maybe you were one of the customers at Brothers Market who said ”Yes'' when asked, “Would you like to “Round Up” for the The Friends of the Lisbon Public Library Imagination Library program?”  What happened next is nothing short of amazing!!!  Thanks to you and Brothers Market the Friends received a check for $1,494.49 - all from donations of just one penny up to 99 cents per purchase!  The Friends will use this money to cover monthly expenses and sustain this important book gifting program into the future.  The Imagination Library program is free to all children ages 0 - 5 years who live within the 52253 zip code.  You can enroll your child/children right now by clicking on this link


Pictured above:  John Bardsley, Friends of the Lisbon Public Library Board member, and Brothers Market team member, Linda Smith.



The Friends of the Lisbon Library gratefully accepts the recent donation of $500 from Bridge Community Bank.  Bridge Community Bank is an employee owned bank with branches in Mt Vernon, Mechanicsville and Solon.  Bridge Community Bank prides itself in helping to make our community a great place to live.  THANK YOU, BRIDGE COMMUNITY BANK for joining the special group of Imagination Library “Partners”!  100% of your donation supports local children so that all of our kids will be ready for kindergarten.




Caleb and Bryanna Norton have always loved books and reading.  They also love the Lisbon Public Library and Ms. Amy!  One day, they asked their Grandpa and Grandma (Ray and Linda Davis) to help them fund a donation to the library.  The result was a remarkable donation of $1,000 to the Imagination Library program.  Thanks to this generous donation the Friends of the Lisbon Public Library are on their way to meeting their goal of fully funding the first five years of the Imagination Library program.  Caleb and Bryanna, your special gift will help us make sure that every child enrolled today will receive their books until they meet that special 5th birthday and head to kindergarten prepared to read!  Thank you!!!


McAfee.jpgPictured above, Diane and Brent McAfee with Friends of the Lisbon Public Library Board Treasurer, Karen Kladivo.  Thank you, Diane and Brent for your $500 donation!  The McAfees are “Partners” in the Friends of the Lisbon Public Library’s Imagination Library!  Their donation will support the total costs of mailing books to four children for their entire five years in the Imagination Library program.  Each child in the Imagination Library program receives one high quality, age-appropriate book every month at no cost to their families.  The Friends of the Lisbon Public Library donate their time for administration of the program and gratefully receive community support to cover the total program costs of $3000 - $5000 per year.


Alliant Energy and the Alliant Energy Foundation have a long history of partnering with communities to make things better.  The Friends of the Lisbon Library board is thrilled to announce that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is one Alliant’s 2022 Giving for Good Sponsorship recipients.  Alliant’s $1,000 gift is helping us meet our goal of establishing and maintaining five years of Imagination Library funding so that all children enrolled in the program will receive age-appropriate books until their 5th birthday.  THANK YOU ALLIANT ENERGY

Bank.pngThe Friends of the Lisbon Public Library is thrilled to announce the recent donation of $500 from the Mount Vernon Bank & Trust Company. Mount Vernon Bank & Trust Company has been a community bank for the Mount Vernon and Lisbon areas for 137 years. During that time they have strengthened our community through their services and support of programs such as the Friends of the Lisbon Public Library's Imagination Library. THANK YOU, MOUNT VERNON BANK & TRUST!


Years ago we heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  Today we gratefully acknowledge how big our village is as we recognize a $1,000 gift for our Dolly Parton Imagination Library from Apex Systems Grants for Good program.  Apex Systems is a national company located in Tampa, Florida, that provides support to business and project teams. Thank you, Michelle Platt, for writing the grant and helping us connect to this company and their philanthropic vision.


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                                               Book giveaways at events and holidays



Sauerkraut Days Parade

Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser

Friends of the Library Trivia Sauerkraut Days 2021