Friends of the Library

The Friends of the L.D. Fargo Public Library was founded in 1987 to support the library staff and the L.D. Fargo Public Library Board; sponsor programs designed to improve the social, cultural, and intellectual life of the community; and promote the library in all phases of community life.

Here is a sampling of what the Friends did during the period October 2019-September 2020:

  • Awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a Lake Mills area high school senior
  • Provided  $1,000 to the Lake Mills School District for pandemic resources
  • Contributed $350 for the summer reading program
  • Contributed $350 to Jefferson County Literacy Council for summer reading program incentives
  • Contributed $300 to the TalkReadPlay Program
  • Paid $222 for the annual corporate campaign
  • Paid $210 for the stained glass window framing
  • Paid $111 for holiday roping for outside light posts
  • Provided prizes of $110 for family trivia and the annual Friends meeting
  • Provided $102 for candy for Witches’ Night Out
  • Paid $100 for Chamber of Commerce annual membership
  • Contributed $100 to the Lake Mills Food Pantry (memorial for a Friend)
  • Paid $80 for Trivia team for Knickerbocker Festival
  • Read shelves to keep the library’s 30,000 + items in order
  • Assisted library staff with special projects and events
  • Delivered books to the homebound

Consider becoming a member and supporting the library and community.  If you have been a member in the past and let your membership expire, consider rejoining.  Membership forms are available at the library and on-line at FOL Membership Brochure and Application 2020

If you have questions contact Vicki A. Wickliffe, President of the Friends, at 648-5370.

National Friends of the Library Week

October 18-24, 2020.

Friends of the Library Board Directors

President:  Vicki Wickliffe

Vice-President:  Anne Werner

Secretary:  Beckie Kane

Treasurer:  Charlie Roy

Immediate Past-President:  Carol Burrows

Scholarship Chair:  Kathleen O’Hearn

Member-at-Large:  Patty Hoggatt

Non-Voting Member:  Gerard Saylor

Upcoming Meetings

September 21, 2020: Monthly meeting of the Friends Board at 10AM in Commons Park.

Book Sale

The Friends operates the book sales in the library and at Lake Mills Market. The Friends of the Library is seeking donations of used books in good condition to stock the shelves of the bookcase at the Lake Mills Market.  If you have one or two books to donate and you shop at the Market, just place the books on the bookcase shelves.  If you have a larger number of books to donate, please contact the library to arrange pickup of your books.  We are especially in need of current hardcover or softcover fiction, cookbooks and gardening books.  Thank you for your support of the library.


Friends Newsletter April, 2019

April, 2018 Friends News

Meeting Minutes

August, 2020 FOL minutes Aug. 2020

January, 2020 FOL minutes Jan 2020

November, 2019 FOL minutes 11-18-19

October, 2019 FOL minutes 10-21-19

September, 2019 FOL minutes 9-16-19REV

August 19, 2019 FOL minutes 8-19-19

July 15, 2019 FOL minutes 7-15

June 17, 2019 FOL minutes 6-17-2019

May 20, 2019 FOL minutes 5-20-2019

Friends of the Library minutes April 15, 2019

FOL minutes 5-20-2019

FOL minutes 6-17-2019

FOL Minutes June 2020

2020 Corporate Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library would like to thank the following 2020 corporate Friends for their generous support:

Gold level:  Badger Chevrolet Buick; Crystal Farms; Culver’s of Lake Mills; Dance Studio 3-D; Doyle’s Dogs; Ephraim Faience Pottery; Fiberdome Inc.; Forest Landscaping & Construction; Fort Healthcare; Hepp’s Quality Restoration LLC; Jensen Plumbing, Heating and Air; Lake Mills Area Community Foundation; Lake Mills Cleaners & Dyers; Lake Mills Main Street Program; Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic; Main Street Auto Center; Pizza Pit of Lake Mills; Re/Max Community Realty; Re/Max Shine; The Corner Mercantile; Topel Truck Center; Topel’s Towing & Repair; and Watson Ace Hardware.

Silver level:  Bank of Lake Mills; Claussen Funeral Home; Dental Associates of Lake Mills; Greenwoods State Bank; Kuhl Corner Campus; Legacy Hair Studio; and TJS Cabinetry.

Bronze level:  Brown Cab Service; Crawfish Junction; Denny’s Hairstyling.

Contributions from these corporate donors will fund the annual Friends scholarship, an author visit, and other programs. Any other business, civic group, or organization interested in becoming a corporate Friend should contact Vicki Wickliffe, membership chair, at 648-5370 for further information.

FOL Membership Brochure and Application 2020

Download the Membership Form for membership application.

2020 Knickerbocker Ice Festival Trivia Contest winning team.

For the third year in a row and five wins overall.

2020 Knickerbocker Trivia winners

2019 Knickerbocker Ice Festival Trivia Contest Winning Team

2018 Knickerbocker Trivia Contest Winning Team

Once again (Again?!) the Friends of the Library were the winning team at the annual Knickerbocker Ice Festival's trivia night. February 2, 2018.

Home Bound Delivery (Click for PDF form)

If you know someone who cannot visit the L.D. Fargo Library please let them know the Friends of the Library offer Homebound Delivery. Library materials will be delivered to Lake Mills residents who are unable to visit the library due to temporary or long-term health issues or disability. All circulation library policies apply. Please call the library at 648-2166.