Friends of the Ankeny Library

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Our Mission

What We Stand For

Friends of the Ankeny Library is an independent, philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the library through fundraising and advocacy efforts. Proceeds from our book sale, fundraisers and donations will be used to support library programs, events, and special projects.

A Non-Profit Organization

We Help to Provide Resources Used By Our Community To Grow & Excel

As a 501(c)(3) corporation, charitable donations are considered tax deductible by the Internal Revenue Service.  Funds raised are not used to replace or supplant public funding.

Donations can be made payable to Friends of the Ankeny Library at 1250 SW District Drive, Ankeny, Iowa 50023 or donate via our Paypal Account.

Support and funding

What We Do

The Friends Raise Money Through:

  • Library Book Sale
  • Donations
  • Special Events

The Friends Help to Fund:

  • Children’s Summer Reading Program and Special Events
  • Teen Programming
  • Adult Programming; including author visits, educational programs and more
  • Hatch Makerspace

Want To Be Friends?:

Would you like to help with our book sale, fundraising, or events? 

The Board

Meet our Board of Directors

Natalie Brincks


“I’m excited to work with the newly formed “Friends of the Ankeny Library” to (further) define and carry out our mission, and to help the Ankeny Public Library become an even greater cornerstone of the Ankeny community.”

Nancy Medema

“I’m excited to help move the Ankeny Library into the future by raising awareness and funding so we can support library services that benefit the entire community.”

Frank Alampi

Vice President
Fundraising Chair

“Promoting awareness of the social and economic importance of libraries as a fundamental pillar of all great communities is a mission I am honored to donate my time and skills to accomplish.”

Sam Mitchell

Library Director

Heather Lilienthal


“Ankeny citizens have always had such strong affinity for the library as it’s so cool to see the many different ways people use the library’s services. As a member of the trustees and Friends communities, I am excited to support our amazing library staff and leadership and also appreciate the support from the City of Ankeny. I look forward to making even more “Friends” in the near future! “

Cami Brazelton

Membership Chair

“I’m most excited about making it possible for the Library to continue to be the place for free education, technology and entertainment in Ankeny!”

Gina Rooney

Finance Chair

“Create a fund that will continue to grow versus just raising enough money to cover expenses from one year to the next; share the joy of reading; draw new people to the library.”

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1250 SW District Drive Ankeny, IA  50023

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About The Friends

Friends of the Ankeny Library serve as community advocates for library services, programs, facilities, and needs and is dedicated to enhancing the library through fundraising and advocacy efforts.

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