The Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library was incorporated in 1974 as a non-profit volunteer organization seeking public support for the then emerging county library system. The founders were six writers who saw that growth was coming and realized the need for greater community involvement. They were Mae Knight Clark, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Douglas Fairbairn, Pamela Johnson, Helen Muir and Nixon Smiley.

Today the Friends of the Library help make possible many of the library’s programs including:

Art of Storytelling Festival
Children’s Book Week
Reading Ready
Summer Reading
Tales Under the Stars
Teen Read Week
…and many more.


The Friends of the Library looks forward to continued growth and increased community awareness of the organization and the vast and vital services provided by our Library System.