Winter Reflections: Insights from Director Elsworth Carman

Thirty-one years ago, the two distinct organizations—the Iowa City Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library—joined forces to establish the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. The uniting of these groups brought together a powerful team of library supporters dedicated to advocating for the library and raising funds to enhance library services. Over the years, the legacy of support ICPL has received from the Friends Foundation has touched nearly everything we do; it is not possible to overstate the profound impact their work has had on ICPL.  


One of the most exciting aspects of the Friends Foundation is that there are many ways to be involved. From volunteering time or making a financial gift to attending a Friends Foundation event, the approachable, skilled staff in the Development Office are ready to talk through options with you. If you are new to volunteering or making financial gifts, Katie, Amber, and Indya can help you understand the process and answer all your questions.  


Another great way to support ICPL is simply to use library services. Check out materials, access digital resources, come into the Downtown Library or visit the bookmobile, or participate in programming. We are here for you, and your use demonstrates the value of ICPL in the community in a tangible way. We look forward to serving you soon!  


Thank you for joining me in celebrating this milestone anniversary of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.


With gratitude,  Elsworth Carman.


This article appeared in the Winter 2023 edition of The Window. View the full issue at  


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