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.
FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE ALPHA PARK LIBRARY
People are enjoying the new reference desk purchased for APL by the Friends. The desk is open, inviting, accessible; it is easy for patrons to take a seat and chat with a reference librarian. The Friends hosted an open house on 9/7/13, with the desk brightly decorated, and with punch and cookies for all. As the cost of the desk was approximately $12,000, it is no small gift.
That same day, a winning ticket was drawn for a quilt donated by the Cabin Quilters. The quilt, appraised at $500, brought in $660 in raffle sales, to be used by the Friends for library needs. Our lucky winner was Robin White. Thanks go to both the Cabin Quilters and the Friends!
The Friends truly enjoyed their 2nd annual ride in the LCHS homecoming parade. About 2,000 bouncy balls (popular with kids AND adults) and Friends of the Library wristbands were tossed to the crowds. Gratitude goes to Amber Hopwood’s extended family and to Police Chief Brian Fengel for the use of a truck and trailer for Friends participants.
The next meeting of the Friends will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, in the Sitton Conference Room, 1st floor of the library. See you then!
Questions? Call Leanne Sanders, Friends president, at 697-8380, or Amber Hopwood, vice-president, at 697-3097.