Volunteer Opportunities

Contact us about volunteer opportunities or consider becoming a Friend!

About the Friends of Knutson Memorial Library

The library is lucky to have an enthusiastic group of Friends who volunteer to do everything from weeding flowerbeds, walking in parades, providing refreshments & helping out at events, and decorating, to coming up with creative ways of fundraising to support special projects, including holding an annual Book & Bake Sale. All of the dollars raised are used to fund special programs, or provide “extra” materials and equipment which the library could not otherwise afford.


One of the biggest programs the Friends of KML support is the annual summer “Vernon County Reads”; this is a collaborative effort among the seven Vernon County libraries to bring a single well-known author to the area for an event and book signing. Past authors have been William Kent Krueger, Kathleen Ernst, Jane Hamilton, Allen Eskens, and Victoria Houston. This year, we collaborated with the Driftless Writing Center to bring local Wisconsin author Sue Berg to the Hillsboro Community Center.

The Friends also hold an annual Chili Cook-Off in late February, as well as a fun Trivia Night event in the fall. This year, they also collaborated with the Coon Valley Legion Auxiliary to hold an author event at the Coon Valley Legion Hall featuring John Armbruster, local author of the book, “Tailspin”.

  • Support children, young adult and adult reading programs.
  • Meet others who love books and the library as much as you do.
  • Participate in Friends activities and find out what is going on in the library world.
  • Be part of Knutson Memorial Library’s vision for the future.
  • Your efforts are needed and will be greatly appreciated by all who love the library!

Friends of KML Board

  • Chris Paulson: President

  • Rita Erlandson: Secretary

  • Marie Haugen: Treasurer

  • Ellie Brye

  • Susan Pugh

  • Karen Bernau

Our Little Free Pantry

The Friends of Knutson Memorial Library have set up a Little Free Pantry outside the library to help those who are in need of non-perishable food items or personal care items.

This is similar to a Little Free Library with a “take what you need, give what you can” philosophy.

If you would like to make a contribution to our pantry, it would be greatly appreciated. Suggested items include peanut butter, pasta, rice, cereal, canned tuna, soups, or vegetables, single-serve items such as fruit cups, applesauce, and juice boxes. Small personal care items are also welcomed. Please drop off contributions inside the library if the “Pantry” is full.