A Brief HIstory of the Friends of the Lake Worth Library

The Friends of the Lake Worth Library was founded on April 10, 1988 when Dorothy Ruth, a member of the Library Board for the City of Lake Worth, convinced two of her friends, Sue Bean and Jean Barus that the Lake Worth Library needed a support organization.

In the original articles of incorporation, they wrote that the object of the Friends of the Lake Worth Library:

. . . shall be to assist in the promotion and development of the public library facilities in the city of Lake Worth, Florida, as well as to encourage the use of such facilities; the corporation shall endeavor to enlist the interest and support of all who are dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge through the printed word and to publicize library functions, facilities, and resources . . .

The first meeting was held on May 18, 1988 with local dignitaries such as City Manager John Kelly, Mayor Ralph Schenck, LIbrary Director Denise Wittlin, and Executive Board Member for Florida Public Library Association Sarah Gay all contributing.  

During this meeting Mayor Schenck read a proclamation recognizing this important event, and Sarah Gay who was also at the President of the Friends of Palm Springs Library was honored for all the assistance she and the Friends of Palm Springs Library provided in the organization of The Friends of the Lake Worth Library.

Through the years, The Friends of the Lake Worth Library have:

  • Participated in the annual Lake Worth Christmas Parade by dressing as "walking books" and carrying a banner with the slogan:  The Lake Worth Library:  There is Something in it for you!,

  • Raised funds by selling canvas book bags

  • Hosted fundraising events in the library such as Lovers Among the Covers: A Literary Affair and Undercover at the Library:  An Evening of Intrigue.

Funds raised by these projects have gone towards purchasing furnishings, equipment, and upgrades outside the Library's budget.

Dorothy's husband Babe, and daughter Cindy at the memorial and Little Free Library that honor her.

Dorothy's husband Babe, and daughter Cindy at the memorial and Little Free Library that honor her.

About Us Now

Some Friends at a Triva Night

The Friends of the Lake Worth Library actively support a variety of literacy projects in the City of Lake Worth Beach including:

The Friends also support the Library by purchasing furniture, equipment, and supplies for:

To raise funds, we host Book Sales throughout the year with our biggest sale held during the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, and we participate in the Great Give of Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

To add a little fun into our member's month, we also host a Trivia Night.

What We Do

The Friends support the BiblioArte Festival - picture of John Para signing his book for a child

Financial support for the BiblioArte Festival

Mother and baby sitting in the Parent Resource Room

Supplies for the Parent Resource Room

Table Talk of Lake Worth  pictured are two tables of families eating and discussing a book.

Table Talk Lake Worth -  a program designed to promote family meal time, literacy, and community involvement. 


Start & Stripes Summer Flute Camp - The Friends help to subsidize the cost of the Stars and Stripes Summer Flute Week.

Banner of two children floating on a river with the caption On you mark, get set, Read!

Every Summer, The Friends help supply materials for the Summer Reading Program

Patrons buying books at the Street Painting Festival book sale

The Friends sponsor used book sales throughout the year with the biggest sale held during the Street Painting Festival

Groups of triva players at one of our Trivia Nights

Triva night, where the best and brightest go to display their encyclopedic knowledge of the unimportant.


Students using CREATeLAB to complete school assignments

Our Board of Directors