Friends of the Bend Libraries
We incorporated as a non-profit in 1980, believing that a strong library is a cultural and economic asset to the entire Bend community. The FOBL was an all-volunteer organization, with 100% of our project funding used to improve the literacy and library services offered to the people of Bend.
We contributed to the construction of the Downtown Bend branch (built in 1998) and provided funding for the East Bend branch (opened in 2011), along with assisting in the passage of the bond measure which created the Deschutes Public Library District. To raise these donations, our volunteers held quarterly book sales, operated a small gift/used bookstore (called The Friendshop) at the Downtown Bend branch, and encouraged support through yearly memberships.
The time has come to move on. The FOBL membership voted unanimously for dissolution of our organization at its February 2020 meeting. Dissolution will be formalized by the end of March.
The book sales will continue under the auspices of SOLID, a new organization devoted to supporting literacy in Deschutes County.
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