Friends of the Ellensburg Public Library and Hal Holmes Center

people sitting around tables in the Hal Holmes Center

About us

We are an all volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing our city library and community center.  

The Friends Group

  • maintains an association of persons interested in libraries and the arts
  • raises funds for equipment and other needs of the library and the Hal Holmes center
  • sponsors culturally enriching community programs
  • generates support for the library and Hal Holmes center


Please join us. The Friends monthly meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (except July) at 4:00 pm in Hal Holmes.  Meetings open to all.

Book Barn Used Book Sale
The Book Barn houses a collection of uses books, CDs, DVDs, and jigsaw puzzles for sale, donated by community members and the library. The sale is located in the Hal Holmes basement and is open every 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month starting January 22nd this year.” This sale is the Friends primary fundraising source to support its mission.

The Friends also have two major book sales upstairs in the Hal Holmes Auditorium each year. The Annual Spring Book Sale is Saturday, May 7th and the Annual Fall Book Sale is Saturday, October 15th.

Book Club Tea

Each April the Friends sponsor a book club tea social with a speaker, fine desserts and teas. The event is held the third Monday in April at the Hal Holmes Community Center, 7-9 pm.
This free event is open to all.  
2022 tea will be April 11th. Guest author Patricia Cutright. She will be talking about her new book Native Women Changing their Worlds.

Book Club reading lists  

We are currently taking donations. We accept books, DVD's, and CD's that are current and clean as well as puzzles. NO VHS, textbooks, condensed books, or encyclopedias. To schedule dropping off large donations (1 box or more) please call (509) 962-7252.

2022 Book Barn Dates
Please check our FaceBook page for upcoming sales!


More information

Interested in joining the Friends or looking for more information.  Click below for our brochure. 
Friends Of the Library Brochure

Send us an email. We'd love to hear from you.

2018 Book Club Tea (1)

Did you know that the Friends completely fund all youth and adult library programs? Here are a few members helping at the Summer Reading Kick-Off party.

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