Friends of the Riverland Library
The Riverland Library was established in June 1973 by the City of Fort Lauderdale as a result of a successful bookmobile stop in the Riverland Shopping Center. A year later, the Riverland Library became a branch of the Broward County Library system.
The Friends of Riverland Library support the use of the Library and its facilities and create opportunities for better community understanding of library services and needs. This is done by raising funds for library needs not included in the budget and by sponsoring special programs that promote the love of reading. The Friends sponsor book fairs, which provide very inexpensive books, magazines, paperbacks for personal use while supporting the library with the funds collected. Book fairs also provide a kind of book recycling service for the community and make wonderful gifts for others. The Friends plan events and special programs, sponsor library staff attendance at state and national library conferences and publish a newsletter. Riverland Friends support reading programs for children, literacy activities for families, and stand ready to help with special events, purchases and projects. For over 10 years the group has hosted The Italian Night during the month of March, and which is one of the many ways they recruit new members and honor current members.
The Friends of Riverland Library support learning, progress, self-improvement and civic engagement and view the library as a symbol of opportunity, citizenship, equality and freedom of speech and thought. It is a neutral public space for ideas. As library advocates, the Friends disseminate and reinforce these principles and values using resources and channels convenient and accessible for the community.
The Friends of Riverland Library meet the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00pm. We are a small group in need of new members with good ideas and a little bit of time. Please join us. For information about our group, please call 954-357-7455.
Remember: Good Friends make Great Libraries!