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Friends of the Stoughton Public Library


Our Mission

The Friends of the Stoughton Public Library mission is to promote library services to the Stoughton community; to solicit gifts and bequests to the library; to provide support for library programs; and to encourage the broadest possible use of the library’s facilities, materials, and services.

Our objectives are limited exclusively to charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Our Values

Community Engagement: We champion a connected and literate community, welcoming everyone to share in the joy of learning.

Generosity and Stewardship: We treasure every contribution, ensuring they enrich our library and community.

Innovation and Excellence: We support innovative and high-quality library programs that inspire discovery and creativity.

Collaboration: We believe in the strength of partnerships to achieve impactful outcomes for our community.

Our History

Patricia Erickson

The Friends of the Library was established in 1984 due to the vision of Library Director Pat Erickson. At Pat’s urging, Nancy Hagen formed the Friends of the Library organization. Pat was a great supporter who helped with many fundraising events. Pat loved to bake pies, and the first Pie Place began in 1989 during Syttende Mai.

Being a forward thinker, Pat knew that the library needed more space. “There wouldn’t be a Friends if it wasn’t for Pat,” recalled Kathy Rausch. As third President of the Friends, Kathy was also involved in extensive fundraising during the construction and completion of the library addition. She and Pat worked diligently to raise funds for the community’s portion of the cost. The first referendum to build a new library near the river failed. The second referendum was for the existing library to be expanded. The city would match the $1 million the library needed to raise. Pat, Nancy, Kathy and many others worked tirelessly to raise the funds. Pat worked with the architects and design committee to expand the library, which was dedicated in 1990.

Pat retired from her role as Library Director in 2002. Nancy recalls Pat’s retirement speech in particular, which left a big impact on her. Pat said leaving her job was like finishing a really good book. You know the book will end but it will stay with you forever.

Celebrating 40 years of the Friends of the Library in 2024, we thank Patricia Erickson, Library Director 1977-2002 . Her many contributions to the library and the Friends continue to influence our community and we are grateful.


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