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Friends of the Library

We support the Library for future generations

The work of the library is extremely important to us and we strive to support the efforts of our hardworking library staff through fundraising, volunteerism, and advocacy in our community.

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Friends of the Pine River Library


  • Membership forms are available at the Pine River Library, Circulation Desk.
  • $10 per year for an Individual Membership. $20 per year for a Family Membership


  • President, Susan Brightman
  • Secretary, Barb Knehans
  • Treasurer, Dave Green

Friends Meetings

Friends meetings give us an opportunity to see friends, make new friends, share news, review accomplishments, and plan new events and activities. Plus a light lunch will be included!

Quarterly meetings are held in August, November, February, and May in the Library Community Room.

Check the library’s event calendar or call the library at 970.884.2222 ext. 1 for details.

Purpose & By Laws

The purpose of the organization shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in libraries; to focus public attention on the library’s resources and services; to receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library; to support and cooperate with the library in developing library service and facilities for the community; and to support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.


Over the years, we’ve accomplished a great deal, including Community Bookshelves, scholarships and fundraising, events like the Zucchini Festival, Bayfield Block Parties, Book Sales, and more!


Your donation to the Friends of the Pine River Library will support and enhance the Library’s programs and services and the efforts of our hardworking library staff, while also building awareness and promoting literacy in our community.

2022 Colorado Gives Campaign​

This year, your Colorado Gives Donation will help fund a new “Library of Things” collection at Pine River Library. Patrons will be able to check out unique items like recreation equipment, yard games, metal detectors, craft supplies, musical instruments, and more! The collection will provide the community with access to fun, practical, and educational items, while helping them save money and try items out before they make buying decisions.

Donating is easy! Donate on CO Gives Day or any time starting November 1st!

IN PERSON: Stop by the library and staff will help you make your online donation.

ONLINE: Visit the FOL Colorado Gives donation page

CHECK: Make checks payable to “Friends of the Library” with “Library of Things” in the memo line. Mail to: Pine River Library, P.O. Box 227, Bayfield, CO 81122

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Do you have a child under 5? Did you know they can get a free book every month? All you have to do is sign them up at www. or stop by the library to pick up a paper registration form. The Friends of the Pine River Library have partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to send a free book to each child under 5 in Bayfield, Gem Village, and Vallecito every month. Once they’re signed up the book will come directly to their home until they reach the age of five and graduate out of the program. The cost is absolutely free!

Amazon Smile

Support the Friends of the Pine River Library through your purchases on Amazon! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Friends of the Pine River Public Library whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.