Friends of the Modesto Library

Organized in 1974, the Friends of the Modesto Library became the first Friends group in the Stanislaus County Library system.

The Friends of the Modesto Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes goodwill and support by the community for the Modesto Library, stimulates public awareness of Modesto Library needs, and seeks out sources of cultural and educational programs for the Modesto Library.


The FOML Board meets quarterly, generally on the first Wednesday of the months of March, June, September and December. The annual General Membership meeting takes place in March. All meetings are open to the public.

Bylaws –  Adopted in March 2005, the Bylaws of the Friends of the Modesto Library govern our operation. Bylaws available here.

Meeting minutes and newsletter archives available here.


Summer Reading – Each year, The Friends of the Modesto Library, along with the Stanislaus Library Foundation, supports Summer Reading for Kids and Teens. More than 10,000 youth participate throughout the 13 Stanislaus County libraries.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros – Held throughout the 13-branch system and nationwide each year in April, the Modesto event feature crafts, activities, entertainment and a special bilingual Story Time. Each child receives a free book to take home, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Día’s goal is to connect children and their families to diverse books, languages, and cultures and an opportunity for the Friends of the Modesto Library to demonstrate its commitment to literacy in the community.

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Our Team

Denise Nordell

Denise Nordell

A longtime library supporter, Denise retired from a career in advertising, marketing and public relations to begin her “Chapter Two” with a focus… Read more
Pat Glattke

Pat Glattke

Pat joined the Friends in 2016 and quickly became an indispensable member. In 2017, she took over primary responsibility for the Friends’ annual… Read more
Anne Britton

Anne Britton

Retired from libraries in Arizona, Anne started volunteering for the Children’s Department in 2002 and became involved with FOML in 2004.  “More books… Read more
Jonaca Driscoll

Jonaca Driscoll

Libraries and books have always played an important role in Jonaca’s life, starting with her grade school library, where she had read most… Read more

Directors 2018-2019

  • Christine Brereton
  • Cande Brody
  • Ellen Dambrosio
  • Marilyn Drew
  • Maree Hawkins
  • Cathie Peck
  • Carmen Pedrioli
  • Beverly Schlegel
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