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The Friends of the Tulare County Library is an association for people who love libraries, reading, books, volunteering, and raising money to enhance public library services.

Now, more than ever, your library needs your help. A well-stocked library is a basic necessity in any community. Help us grow. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the upstairs meeting room at the Visalia Main Branch. Everyone is welcome.

The Friends of the Tulare County Library assist the library in enriching this community.

  • We raise funds to buy books and equipment for the county libraries;
  • We provide volunteer assistance for library programs and services;
  • We hold used book sales and other fundraisers;
  • We sponsor programs for children (such as the Summer Reading program) and adults.

When you join the Friends you will receive information about:

  • Author nights
  • Special events
  • Book sales
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • The Friends Newsletter

    Download a membership application (PDF)book
    Read the current edition of the Friends Newsletter (PDF)book

The Mystery Book Group, sponsored by the Friends of the Tulare County Library, meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at the Visalia library.

Lobby Book Sales: The Friends of the Tulare County Library have a large selection of books for sale, daily, inside the library. Hardback books are priced at $1.00 and paperback books and magazines are 50 cents each. The selection changes daily, so come in often to see what's been newly added!

Money from the Friends' book sales sponsors the summer reading programs in all branches, and is used to pay for books, programs, and major items, such as the microfilm reader/printer.

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Membership Information

Friends of the Tulare County Library is a tax-exempt organization.

Annual membership dues are as follows:

  • Student or Senior: $5.00
  • Individual: $15.00
  • Family: $25.00
  • Patron: $100.00
  • Sponsor (Individual/Business): $250.00
  • Corporate Member: $1000.00


Current officers (2015-16):

  • President
    Sharon Surowiec
  • Vice President
    Julie Cates
  • Treasurer
    Sheryll Strachan
  • Secretary
    Jean Ellsworth

For more information, please contact:

Friends of the Tulare County Library
200 West Oak Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 713-2709

(ask for the volunteer coordinator)

Tulare County Library - 200 West Oak Avenue - Visalia, CA 93291-4993 - Phone - (559) 713-2700
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