Friends of Deming Library
Board of Directors and History of the Library
The Friends of the Deming Library is comprised of over 600 community members and boasts an impressive 33-year history of energetic support for the Deming Library. The FODL sprang into existence in 1984 when the old library, at the time housed in the Deming Elementary School cafeteria, was faced with the need to relocate. The Friends orchestrated a successful capital project campaign which, in 1994, resulted in the construction of a facility in our current location at a cost of $200,000. 13 years later a 2nd
library's expansion by nearly 4500 square feet. Half of this amount came in the form of cash donations and half as in-kind contributions of materials and skills. The Friends has continuously maintained the current facility since that time. In the process we have proven adept at raising and administering the funds necessary in this effort. The Whatcom County Library System has, during that time, provided their
fundraiser was held for the purpose of expanding our increasingly popular library. $700,000 in cash and donated labor was raised and resulted in the
deeply appreciated support in the form of staff, circulation materials and other contributions to our existence. It’s worth noting that our building is, in fact, owned by all of us: that is, the Friends of the Deming Library. Our accomplishments have earned the respect and
our larger community, a fact reflected in the broad base of support enjoyed by this proposal. Counted among supporters are the
Nooksack Indian Tribe, the Mt. Baker School District and members of the retail, agricultural and forestry sectors of our community. The Deming Library has been recognized repeatedly by various community and state organizations for it’s quality of service, commitment to privacy, robust patronage and strength of its volunteer support. Our dear Deming Library is a source of immense community pride and we take great pleasure in assuring its continued existence.