The Friends of the Clark County Public Library is a separate, non-profit organization with a constitution and by-laws, whose purpose is to promote the interest and welfare of the Library as a cultural, educational, and recreational asset for all of the citizens of Clark County. The Friends help the library in ways, and on projects that are not covered by the library budget or by staff assignments. They work closely with Library Director, Bill Martino, and the library staff to provide fundraising and advocacy support.

What can I do as a Friend of the Library?

Your membership dues and additional contributions will help pilot new library acquisitions and pay for programs and services that make our libraries a great resource and a positive experience. Most of all, your participation can bring fresh ideas to promote interest in the Clark County Public Library.

Your contribution of time and money will not only benefit the Library, but all of Clark County. Your interest in using the Main Library, one of its Branches, or the Bookmobile, will encourage your family and friends to seek their own educational or recreational opportunities.

We hope that you are as passionate about our libraries as we are. Join the Friends of the Library today and help keep our libraries vital.

Lois Lenski Award

Each year the Friends of the Clark County Public Library accept nominations for the Lois Lenski Award. Lenski, a well known children’s author and illustrator from Springfield, is probably most recognized for her works such as Strawberry Girl and Skipping Village.

Given out at the Annual Friends of the Library Meeting, the award is presented to a member of the community or organization who has encouraged a love of reading and literacy in children. Past winners have included organizations such as Project Jericho Little Libraries, The Rocking Horse Center, Springfield Kiwanis Club and The Springfield News-Sun and individuals like Lisa Holmes, Sharon Brandewie and Ruth Watts.

In addition to being honored with a certificate, the name of the recipient is also engraved on a plaque, featuring previous winners of the award. The plaque is on display in the Lenski Children’s Center of the Main Library.

Do you know of someone that YOU would like to nominate for the Lenski Award this year? If so please tell us who you would nominate and why by emailing us at! If mailing, send this information to the following:

Clark County Public Library
Public Relations Department
201 South Fountain Avenue
Springfield, OH 45506

Submissions may be dropped off at any CCPL service desk, mailed to the address above or emailed to

Annual Meeting

Each October, the Friends hold a meeting to go over past business for the year (revenue and expenditures from the book sale, summer reading program details, etc…), elect new officers, and hear updates about what changes or new initiatives are taking place at the library.

After this short business meeting, a speaker chosen by the membership delivers a presentation to the group.

The Annual Meeting is a good chance for the membership to catch up and see what direction the FOL is taking with different projects to help aid and assist the library in its mission.


Friends of the Library Board

  • Patti Miller, President
  • Joan Geil, Treasurer
  • Shea Ann Herzog, Secretary
  • Helen Brumfield
  • Alberta Dobry
  • Dave Howe
  • Charlie Miller
  • Larry Hofbauer
  • Cindy Hofbauer