Who Are We?

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Our Vision, Mission, and Current Members

Scroll down to read our history and access our meeting schedule.

Vision

The Broomfield Library Friends Foundation (BLFF) is a thriving and sustainable organization that supports the Broomfield public library.

Mission

The Broomfield Library Friends Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization dedicated to support and promotion of the Broomfield public library through programs that advance literacy and cultivate innovation and community engagement.

Board of Directors

BLFF’s Board of Directors is a group of volunteers whose officers are:

 President Laurel Singlton
 Vice-President Michelle Pearson
 Secretary Roberta Seaward
 Treasurer Kathleen Janosko

At-large committee members include: Roberta Depp, Judy Barkow, Esther Worker, Allison Clark, Kjersti Drott, and Mila Sbrocca

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Our History

This section includes the history of the Broomfield Library Friends Foundation.

Brief History and Origins of the Broomfield Library Friends Foundation

GENERAL: Several past nonprofit organizations have provided the historical and organizational origins that evolved into the current Broomfield Library Friends Foundation.

1959 – The Broomfield Public Library

Broomfield’s library was founded on December 2, 1959 by a group of volunteer citizens led by Mary Jane Bailey who later became the library director. These volunteers raised funds for books, built shelves and maintained open hours for the library. The first location was in the basement of the newspaper office and later moved to Emerald Elementary School. After several other moves, in March of 1963 the library finally found a home of its own at 12 Garden Center (now the Broomfield Veterans Museum). At that time the library was renamed the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library. President and Mrs. Eisenhower attended the library dedication.

1960’s – 1970’s Broomfield Library Friends

This group of volunteers was active for some time hosting various activities such as an annual house tour and social gatherings to raise money to support the library. Their bylaws stated the following purpose:

  • To promote library good will
  • To sponsor programs designed to add to the cultural life of the community
  • To provide for our library special items which cannot be purchased from the library budget
  • To obtain scholarships available in Library Science for local students
  • To encourage gifts, endowments and memorials for the library
  • To work for needed library legislation or appropriations

The dues were only $1.00 a year, later raised to $2.00. They were able to purchase books, audiovisual equipment and furniture for the library. However, by 1983 the organization was no longer active.

1990 – 2015 Broomfield Library Friends

In anticipation of the library’s move into space at the new City & County Building on DesCombes Drive in 1992, library director Helen Martin recruited new volunteers to revive the Friends group with Margaret Basnett serving as president.  Fundraisers included compilation and sale of a cookbook and used book sales in the building lobby. Purchases for the library included computers and software, a display case for the special Mamie Doud Eisenhower Family Book Collection and the much loved, life-sized “Generations” sculpture. The group also sponsored various cultural programs for the community. The bylaws state the following purpose:

  • Promote and support the library
  • Provide special items for the library
  • Encourage gifts, endowments and memorials for the library
  • Provide, if requested by the library, assistance, advice, and/or opinions on projects for the library; and
  • May sponsor educational community events and activities

In 2001, under the leadership of president Irene Roberts, the Friends group again assisted the library in another move. This time to the beautiful stand-alone facility in Community Park which opened that November. The new facility included a permanent book sale space that was maintained by a large group of volunteers and a workroom for sorting and storing donated used books. The semi-annual book sales were able to expand in the larger library and auditorium lobbies. New purchases for the library included furnishings for the children’s library, a science center, additional computers and increased funding support for the children’s and young adult summer reading programs. In 2015 the organization was merged with the Broomfield Library Foundation to create the Broomfield Library Friends Foundation.

2000 – 2005 Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library Assistance Association

Also, in anticipation of the move to the Community Park facility, a new organization was founded to raise funds for larger capital expenditures. With directors composed of library board members, it was incorporated on November 9, 2000. It then sought naming sponsorships and special donations for the new facility. It also assumed more of a role in encouraging gifts and endowments for the library. A major activity was the “Lasting Legacy Brick Campaign” that enabled citizens to become a part of Broomfield history by purchasing a brick imprinted with a family or business name or a special saying that would grace the library’s outside entryway. It’s stated purpose was:

  • To serve as a charitable organization to support all aspects of the operation
  • To support the growth of the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library

2005 – 2015 Broomfield Public Library Foundation

In 2005 the Association’s name was officially changed to the Broomfield Public Library Foundation. The library board no longer served exclusively as the directors. Instead, directors were recruited from the community along with library board representation. Michelle Pearson served as the first president. The mission was to support and enhance City & County of Broomfield library services by:

  • Complementing regular government appropriations to the library through fundraising and management of gifts and bequests
  • Partnering with the library to ensure future funds are met
  • Promoting programming that enriches the social and cultural identity of the community

The foundation continued the brick fundraiser and helped launch the “One Book, One Broomfield” community read program. It’s nonprofit status also allowed it to act as the financial vehicle for various third-party grants for the library.

2015 – Current. Broomfield Library Friends Foundation (BLFF)

Maintaining two separate fundraising organizations on behalf of the library became a bit confusing, especially in the eyes of the public, so when the officers of the Broomfield Library Friends decided to all retire at the same time, the library board and director Roberta Depp, organized a task force to consider possible options. The task force was composed of library board members, representatives from the Friends, the Foundation and library supporters from the community. They met several times in 2014 with the resulting recommendation to merge the two support organizations. A smaller steering committee then worked to prepare the required legal documents. A formal vote on the merger plan by members of both organizations was held in May 2015 and became effective June 16, 2015. Kathleen Janosko served as the first president.

The BLFF is continuing the various activities supported by the previous organizations and is adding additional fundraisers such as the annual winter concert and silent auction. The growing children’s, teen and adult summer reading programs, as well as other library programs, are still supported. In addition, a more robust social media presence is under development. The revised vision and mission statements:

  • The Broomfield Library Friends Foundation is a thriving and sustainable organization that supports the Broomfield public library.
  • The Broomfield Library Friends Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization dedicated to support and promotion of the Broomfield public library through programs that advance literacy and cultivate innovation and community engagement.

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Meetings

The Board of Directors meets at the Library at 6:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month every month but April, July, and December. Guests are welcome to attend. The Annual Meeting for all members is held once per year, to be determined by the Board.

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The Broomfield Library Friends Foundation (BLFF) is a thriving and sustainable organization that supports the Broomfield public library.

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2 Responses to Who Are We?

  1. Eric Rodgers says:

    Hi. I’m running a book rescue ioration in North Boulder and came across an on Craigslist advertising a book sale you were all holding. I was wondering if you all had any plans for leftover books after the sale? Or if there were any opportunities in general for book that were leftover? Thanks for all your efforts and hope to hear from you soon.

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    • Hi Eric!
      Thank you for your inquiry! In addition to our book sales, we also have a book store inside the library. Once our sales are over, we typically either cycle the books back through the store or save them for future sales as our proceeds go toward library support.
      Best of luck with your efforts!
      Roberta, BLFF

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