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Bug programs are a hit with kids!

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Crafts with a literacy component keep kids engaged during the summer months.

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Halloween storytimes

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The Read to an Animal programs help build confidence in children learning to read.

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Read to an Animal at Rum River

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Halloween Storytime

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Baby storytime

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Computer classes for seniors

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Teens using the library to do home during out of school time.

The Friends exist to increase public awareness, understanding, and use of the Anoka County Library (ACL) system.

Mission of the Friends

  • To increase public awareness, understanding and use of the Anoka County Library (ACL) system.
  • To organize public support for the eight ACL libraries through special events and programs, membership development, and fundraising.


  • Plan and conduct author talks and other library events
  • Support the Summer Reading Program for kids
  • Support the Teen Bookmark Contest
  • Buy Books-in-a-Bag kits for reading and discussion groups
  • Donate annually to the library system
  • Promote the Anoka County Libraries - some of the county’s most popular assets!

Why join the Friends?

Your member dues and volunteerism help assure the library’s continued ability to offer special events and programs which enhance the library experience and enrich the lives of library users. Your active involvement will help the Anoka County Library system stimulate and inspire library patrons for many years to come.

History of the Friends

In April 2003 local book enthusiasts joined together to create Friends of the Anoka County Library. The Friends are an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting library programs and services.

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Organization Information

The Friends exist to increase public awareness, understanding, and use of the Anoka County Library (ACL) system.

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