The Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Sterling Heights Public Library first gathered at an organizational meeting on October 14, 1976 when the library was located in a 3-bedroom ranch house on the present library site. Though few in number, members of the Friends staged book sales during the following 3 years and with the proceeds purchased a library card laminator, a day-long film festival, and children's listening center in the library.

With the move to the new, 2-story building in October 1979, the library experienced a dramatic increase in usage. The Friends looked for ways to add to its membership in order to give additional support to the growing library. The Bears fundraising campaign proved to be the answer. Membership increased from 17 individuals in October 1976 to 180 families in July 1981.

The Friends fundraising total is now over $1,000,000.

Donated Items

Just a few of the items donated by the Friends include the "In Use" sculptural relief gracing the second floor main wall and a large contribution to the Children's Art Garden. Our Friends have certainly helped make the library the outstanding city service that it is today.