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Friends of the Library

Friends of West Florida Public Library

Founded in 1973, Friends of West Florida Public Library is a nonprofit, community membership organization supporting West Florida Public Libraries for more than 40 years.

Friends of West Florida Public Library is an active group of local citizens who strengthen Escambia County’s public library system through library advocacy, creative learning and literacy support.

For more information, or to become a member, visit the Friends website here.


Friends of Southwest Branch Library

Founded in 1998 as a Florida Not For Profit Corporation, the Friends of the Southwest Branch Library Foundation, Inc. supports the mission of the Southwest Branch Library located at 12248 Gulf Beach Hwy. by donating funds, volunteer hours and materials to Southwest Branch Library. The Foundation supports a variety of programs including:

  • Young Adult Social Events
  • Adult Book Club
  • Make-n-Take crafts
  • Preschool Story Time
  • Summer Reading Club
  • Chair Yoga
  • Art Exhibits
  • Pet Partners Read to Dogs

Board of Directors:

  • Lionel Williams, President
  • Renee Thorsen, Vice President
  • Diane Bender, Treasurer
  • Sally Bowen, Secretary
  • Jeannette Phillips, Director of Volunteers

How to Join

To join the Friends of the Southwest Branch Library Foundation, download and complete this form and return it with your payment by mail or hand delivery to:

Friends of the Southwest Branch Library
12248 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola, FL 32507

Member Meetings

Curious to see what the Friends of the Southwest Branch Library are doing? Attend a Member Meeting at Southwest Branch Library.

Unfortunately, due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID pandemic, most 2020 member meetings were cancelled. 
Because of the continuing uncertainties and restrictions associated with the Pandemic, no member meetings for 2021 are scheduled at this time. 

Member meetings are open to the public.

2021 Board Meetings:

Jan. 11 at 5 p.m.

Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.

March 8 at at 5 p.m.

April 12 at 5 p.m. 

May 10 at 5 p.m.

June 14 at 5 p.m.

July 12 at 5 p.m.

Aug. 9 at 5 p.m.

Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.

Oct. 11 at 5 p.m.

Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.

Dec. 13 at 5 p.m.

Members are welcome to attend board meetings, but must be on the agenda to speak. 

Current Fundraisers

Tree of Life

Donate an engraved brass leaf or acorn to honor a loved one or special event.  Forms and pricing are available at the Library during normal hours. Application and images of the Tree of Life can be found here.

Bricks

Donate an engraved outdoor brick to honor a loved one or special event. Forms and pricing are available at the library during normal hours. Application is available here.

Amazon Smile

Friends of the Southwest Branch Library Foundation Inc. is a registered 501-c (3) organization enrolled with the Amazon Smile Charitable Giving Program.

If you do your online shopping at smile.amazon.com and designate Friends of the Southwest Branch Library Foundation Inc. as your charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Foundation.