Saraland Public Library Closing

Saraland Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 thru Saturday, June 15, 2024, due to roof repair work.  Alternate locations are Virginia Dillard Smith/Toulminville Branch at 601 Stanton Rd., or Moorer/Spring Hill Branch at 4 S. McGregor Ave., or Ben May Main Library at 701 Government St.

Saraland Public Library will reopen on Monday, June 17, 2024.

Friends of the Mobile Public Library

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Who We Are

The Friends of the Mobile Public Library is a non-profit, volunteer organization, formed in 1983, which is dedicated to supporting the Mobile Public Library system in a variety of ways. There are hundreds of similar organizations all over the country. Our local Friends group is a member of the American Library Association's United for Libraries. Check out our regular newsletters to see what we've been up to.

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Advocacy

Through advocacy, we increase awareness of the needs of the Mobile Public Library among public officials and government bodies.

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Volunteering

Our volunteer activities raise funds and provide assistance to increase and improve the resources and services of the Mobile Public Library.

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Public Information

Our public information efforts inform the general public about Friends’ programs and activities, as well as facilities and services of the Mobile Public Library system.

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How We Help the Library

For the benefit of the Mobile Public Library and the Community, The Friends have provided funding or support for the following:

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Summer Reading

We underwrite the cost of a storyteller or entertainer to perform as part of the Library’s summer reading program for children. Also, many of our members volunteer to work with this program.

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Events

Produce special events including the Annual Membership Meeting featuring a Southern Author, Student Seminars and the Annual Writing Contest and the Annual Spring Luncheon fundraiser.

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Reference Databases

We make it possible for The Mobile Public Library to provide a wide range of online reference databases. Whether you are seeking information from a Reference Librarian or doing research on your own, these databases are an invaluable tool for the modern public library and its users.

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Library Staff Programs

Provide funds to support the Library’s Employee of the Year program, as well as the employee length-of-service recognition awards.

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Materials

Special purchases of materials including eBooks, PBS video series, Compact discs, Audio Books, Health Books, and Large Print Books.

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Bookmobile

Matched the grant funding needed to purchase the new bookmobile: The Sprinter Bookmobile.