About the Friends


The Friends of the Warren Public Library started in 1970 as Citizens for Library Action, and their purpose was public participation in libraries. In 1972, the group was incorporated as the Friends of the Warren Public Library. Their first book sale, the primary fund-raiser for the group, was held in October 1972.

Who are the Friends?

A non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Michigan and organized:

  • To support the Warren Public Library with funds, gifts and services
  • To encourage community support for all Warren Public Libraries
  • To promote the cutural and educational advancement of the community

What do the Friends do?

  • Share – A conviction that good library service is essential to everyone in the community.
  • Work – To provide materials and programs not available with library funds. The Friends have contributed more that $350,000 since 1975.
  • Support – Library programs such as the Summer Reading Club, craft programs, movies, animal shows, and more.
  • Sponsor – Weekly Used Book sales, programs for Children and Adults, Children’s table at the Warren Art in the Park, and the Warren Reading Group Book Discussion.
  • Assist – Library staff as needed, helping at the Summer Reading Club picnic and special programs.

Officers of the Friends of the Warren Public Library 2011-2012

President: Naida Okray
Vice-President: Carolyn Sherwood
Secretary: Patricia Linsday
Treasurer: Genie Palmer

Members of the Board:

Sharon Barr
Priscilla Binkowski (Co-Chair – Membership)
Amanda Brodzinski
Joanne Casale (Chair – Publicity)
Barbara DeWid
Esther Kleszcz
Annette Majka
Kathleen McCaughna (Chair – Finance)
Richard Palmer
Richard Plizga (Co-Chair – Bookstore)
Fran Tarkowski (Co-Chair – Membership)
Kathy Tasich (Co-Chair – Bookstore)

Representing Warren Libraries: Oksana Urban – Interim Library Director