The Friends Board will meet on Wednesday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom.  Please contact Mary Beth Revels at if you would like an invitation.

Annual Fall Book Sale:  October 14-18, 2021 at the East Hills Shopping Center (by the carousel).
Over 20,000 Items!  All priced $2 and under.
Friends ONLY Preview Sale: 
October 14 from 2-3 p.m.
Regular Sale Hours:
October 14, 3 – 7 p.m.
October 15, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 16, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 17, Noon – 5 p.m.   1/2 Price Day 
October 18, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.   Bag ($3) and Box ($6) Sale Day
Free Giveaway to Non-Profits and Teachers will take place on October 18 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Must show teacher ID or tax exempt letter.

For more information go to

Call Crystal at 236-2107 to schedule a book donation drop off time.

Are you a book buyer? Visit the Friends of the Library Online Bookstore at   Stop by the East Hills, Downtown or Washington Park branch to shop our ongoing book sales.  Hardcover books are $2 and paperbacks are $1.

Friends Book Clubs
The Friends of the Library sponsor monthly book clubs at all branches.
– Jenny Ellis, of the Carnegie Library, hosts the Forever Young Adult Book Club at the Tiger’s Den at 4:00 p.m. on one Saturday each month. Contact Jenny at 238-0526 for more information.
– The East Hills Library club normally normally meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Contact Shirley at 236-2136 if you are interested in joining.

– The Downtown book club normally meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Mary Beth at 232-7729 if you are interested in joining.
– The Washington Park Library’s Eat, Drink & Be Literary Clubs meet on the first Thursday of the month at 1:00 & 5:40.  Contact Karen at 232-2052 if you are interested in joining.

Friends of the St. Joseph Public Library Board of Directors

Barb Yarbrough – President
Bob Mackey – Vice President
Annie Updegraff – Treasurer
Pat Sander – Secretary
Kari Benson
Felicia Hawkins
Michael Jasper
Margaret Redmond

The Friends of the St. Joseph Public Library is a non-profit 501c3 organization with a mission to support the St. Joseph Public Library. FSJPL focuses public attention on library services and programs, raises funds, and acts as an advocate for libraries and literacy in our community.
FSJPL underwrites the library’s Summer Reading Program. This valuable program keeps children, teens and adults learning and engaged throughout the Summer.
In addition to the Summer Reading Program, FSJPL:
• Sponsors book clubs and buys book club book sets to be checked out.
• Provides BookPage – a monthly book review magazine – free to library visitors at all four St. Joseph Public Library locations: Carnegie, Downtown, East Hills and Washington Park
• Funds one-time capital equipment acquisitions, such as a digital display for East Hills and audio/visual equipment for Carnegie and Washington Park.
• Participates in outreach activities including support of such events as Pumpkinfest & Juneteenth.
Only through your membership dues and funds received from used book sales is FSJPL able to fulfill our mission.
As a member of FSJPL, you also have the opportunity to volunteer your time at the annual used book sale in the Fall. Those who are interested can also volunteer to sort book donations throughout the year in preparation for the big sale. Please call (816) 236-2107 if you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities.
It’s easy to join the Friends of the St. Joseph Public Library. Simply visit any library or call (816) 232-7729 and ask for a membership form.
Membership Contribution Levels
Friend $10
Caring Friend $15
Generous Friend $50
Business Friend $100
Lifetime Friend (One-time Payment) $500
If you prefer, you can charge your membership dues and additional donations via PayPal or pay for your membership on the Friends Online Book Store at