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 1210 NW Prairie Ridge 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.”

Crystal Brillhart

Chair of Fundraising

“I love being part of an organization that encourages kids to read by supporting the summer reading program and other library activities.”

Seth Sparks

Chair of Marketing

“Helping set the Friends up for success by building marketing tools and processes that produce revenue, find volunteers, and recruit members.”

Frank Alampi


“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.”

Justin Kobow

Chair of Events

“I would love to be a part of turning the Friends into an organization that will thrive and become a staple in the Ankeny community that will be able to encourage a love of reading and STEM.”

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

Chair of Membership

“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

Chair of Finance

“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.”

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.”

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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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