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-LY NEWS @ THE LIBRARY
The Friends of the Library, after a successful book sale in June ($500-plus in profits, after expenses for pretty spiffy banners), took a summer break. But summer is over. The first fall meeting of the Friends will be held on Thursday, September 11, at 6:30 P.M. Not only that: the Friends, for the third year in a row, will be riding in the LCHS homecoming parade on Friday, September 19. If you want to be in a parade, come on over for the meeting on the 11th to learn more.
Membership dues for the Friends right now = $0.00. Such a deal! The Friends have raised many dollars for APL, with purchases like the new reference desk as proof of the Friends’ generosity. Live bodies are always needed for Friends projects. More information needed? Call Amber Hopwood, Friends president, at 697-3097, or John Richmond, Library Director, at 697-3822, x. 12.