Friends of the Alpha Park Library
Hundreds of libraries across the U.S. benefit from the presence of a Friends group. In my last position, in Texas, I depended on the Friends to underwrite the costs of the Summer Reading Club, pay for computers which the City could not afford to purchase…and the list could go on and on.
Friends provide support for libraries in many ways. Here are some of them:
In some cases, come together to establish a library where there was none before.
Serve to educate the greater community about the library, and its services.
Especially in municipal (city) libraries, advocate for library support from elected officials.
Assist library staff in volunteer positions, as needed.
Provide hospitality for library events.
Raise funds to pay for programs or materials that aren’t workable in the library’s regular budget.
“Grow” library foundations for ongoing fiscal security of the library.
Not all Friends groups take on all of the causes shown above, but they may choose to work on more than one goal.
A planning group began working in the fall of 2010 to establish a Friends group.
Friends of the Library Going Gangbusters!
The Friends of the Library continue to provide a steady stream of revenue via ongoing book sales—and, by the time you read this, undoubtedly through their BIG sale at the end of June.
Thanks to the Friends’ underwriting, to the tune of $500, the adult Summer Reading Program prizes include a Kindle (?or maybe two?), reading pillow, gift cards, and more.
Regular Friends meetings are on hold for the summer. Membership in the Friends is free! Call Amber Hopwood @ 697-3097 for information about the Friends’ mission and volunteer opportunities. ds’ mission and volunteer opportunities.
Questions? Call Amber Hopwood at 697-3097.