The Friends of the North Fork Community Library is made up of a diverse cross-section of our community and have a long history of successful leadership within our community. The Friends of the Library was originally founded in 1982, in order to open a branch library in the town of Maple Falls. This volunteer organization consisted of community residents who raised funds to re-model an old Grange Hall to accommodate a new library. The Friends of the Library and other community volunteers worked on the space for two years. The Maple Falls Library opened in 1984.
The Friends of the Library continued to raise funds for additional furniture for the library, to provide cultural and civic programs, after-school events and to raise funds for the weekly transportation of school children to the library. As the community grew, the need for a new and more centrally located facility was apparent.
Our mission is to bring the joy of reading and access to the world of ideas by supporting quality library services in a community gathering place that is welcoming to everyone.
Working with the Whatcom County Library System, the Friends took on the challenge of building a new library entirely through donations and grants. The Friends of the Library held numerous community meetings to determine the best location for the new library. In 2007, the Friends applied for and received their federal non-profit status.
In October 2007, the friends contributed to the cost of the 2.3 acres of land which was purchased from the Mount Baker School District by the Whatcom County Library System as the site for the our new library.
The Friends of the Library then developed the site, including highway access approved by the Washington State Department of Transportation, constructed the required public water system and septic system.
The Friends of the Library broke ground at a Community Celebration in March of 2010. A gigantic amount of time, energy and love was put in by the Friends and community volunteers in order to build the North Fork Community Library. The 3120 square foot community library was officially opened to the public in February 2011.
The current Friends of the North Fork Community Library continues to raise funds to provide cultural and civic programs, after-school events, summer reading support, and other library initiatives.