The mission of the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library is to promote library excellence by advocating, volunteering and raising funds for special educational and cultural programs as specifically approved by the Miami-Dade Public Library System and the Friends. Advocacy: The Friends are an active and informed base of library champions who advocate at the county, state and national levels on behalf of the interests of the Miami-Dade Public Library System and the people it serves.
Volunteer assistance: The Friends provide volunteer support for both branch programming activities and system-wide Friends activities. Fundraising: The Friends provide supplementary funds that help make possible many of the Library's educational and cultural programs. The Friends raise money through book sales, memberships, community donations, corporate donations and grants.
Family literacy programs for the Miami-Dade community.
The Friends of Miami-Dade Public Library hosts author events each year for the general public. On April 1, 2017, Congressman John Lewis and co-authors appeared before a large audience and presented "March," a three-part graphic novel which tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement through young John Lewis' life. Young students (grades 8-12) were brought to a central location (New Birth Baptist Church) for an afternoon of presentation and questions by Congressman Lewis and his co-authors.