When founded in 1959, the Friends of the Richmond Public Library stated three goals:
- To organize and maintain an association of people interested in the progress and welfare of the Richmond Public Library;
- To promote the improvement of the facilities and services of the Library so as to increase its value to the community; and
- To carry on interpretive, literary, or educational activities related to the functions of the public library, so as to increase the public’s knowledge and appreciation thereof.
We continue to maintain a commitment to those goals. We engage the patrons of the Richmond Public Library through programs such as the Richmond Writers Series, which provides local authors a venue to meet the community and share their work; our annual Poetry Slam, which gives local poets a chance for their voices to be heard; and our semi-annual Book Sale, which raises much-needed funds for the continued health of the Library. Friends of the Richmond Public Library support activities and events at all nine Richmond Public Library locations.