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.”

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.”

Elissa Hodges

Chair of Planned Giving

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.”

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.”

Sam Mitchell

Library Director

Bert Testa


“Increasing resources.”

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.”

Tom Brazelton

“I look forward to contributing my expertise to assist the Friends group to support the quality library the citizens of Ankeny deserve.”

Mike Wiser


“I’m excited to see where the Friends group takes its mission. I serve as a liaison from the Library Board of Trustees in a non-voting role with the Friends. I get to see what they’re working on and, I believe, library patrons and the citizens of Ankeny can be really proud of the time and effort the Friends volunteers are putting in.”

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1210 NW Prairie Ridge 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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