As a member of the Friends of the Library, you’ll be paid back in thousands of ways every year – with children’s smiles, the sincere appreciation of the hardworking library staff, and the satisfaction of knowing you make a difference to one of the county’s most important institutions.

Events Calendar

All Friends of the Library 2021 Events will be held virtually. Details for each event can be found under the specific event.


January 18 Nick Linn Series: Ann Patchett – The Dutch House
January 21 Signature Series: American Impressionists – At Home & Abroad (exclusively for members)
February 2 Nick Linn Series: Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White – All the Ways We Say Goodbye
February 5 Signature Series: The Mitford Family – A Tale of Passion and Pathos (exclusively for members)
February 8 Nonfiction Author Series: Jane Leavy – The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created
February 22 Nonfiction Author Series: Ted Widmer – Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington
March 1 Nick Linn Series: Erik Larson – The Splendid and the Vile
March 8 Nonfiction Author Series: Lew Paper – In the Cauldron: Terror, Tension, and the American Ambassador’s Struggle to Pearl Harbor
March 9 Signature Series: The Changing Face of Nature (exclusively for members)
March 22 Nick Linn Series: J. A. Jance – Missing and Endangered and Credible Threat
March 29 Nonfiction Author Series: Eric Jay Dolin – Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates and A Furious Sky: The 500 Year History of America’s Hurricanes

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Sara Linn, David Baldacci, and Nick Linn | Friends of the Library of Collier County Nick Linn Series
Sara Linn, David Baldacci, and Nick Linn

Nick Linn Lecture Series

January – March
The Nick Linn Lecture Series is the main fundraiser for Friends of the Library.  After much consideration, the Nick Linn Committee has decided to change the 2021 Series to Virtual Only.  The 2021 season will be the eighteenth season that readers will gather and listen to authors who know how to entertain our minds and spirits with words, characters and stories. New York Times best-selling authors participate in this event. To purchase the virtual series email Marlene Haywood at or call the office 239-262-8135 and leave a message.  The cost of the virtual series is $300 for Friends members.
FOL Non Fiction Series Event | Friends of the Library of Collier County Non Fiction Series

Nonfiction Author Lecture Series

In light of the continuing surge of Covid-19, we have decided that all author presentations will be made on a virtual basis.  Tickets will be available initially only for the entire series – $100 for members for all four events and $140 for nonmembers.  More information on ticket sales can be found under the Nonfiction Author Series Event Details.
FOL Signature Series Event | Friends of the Library of Collier County Signature Series

Signature Series

October – March
These events are member-only performances or lectures. The Series is held at our Library auditoriums with wonderful performers and lecturers engaged to stimulate our minds and entertain us. Please follow the COVID restrictions posted at the library.