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 BOOK SALE
There’s a BIG book sale coming to the library, organized by the Friends of the Library. Dates: Friday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Set-up for the sale will be on Thursday, June 20.
The Friends will gladly accept donations of gently used hardback and paperback books, CDs, and DVDs for the sale any time before June 20. Please bring donations to the library. The sale will be held in the Ray & Dorothy Sitton Conference Room on the library’s 1st floor.
Hardback books will sell for $1.00—paperbacks, 50 cents, with CDs and DVDs to be announced. If there are mint-condition, “high end” items, they will be priced accordingly. Under any circumstances, the sale will be a bargain!
Volunteers—whether dues-paying members of the Friends or otherwise—are needed for sorting items, setting up, and staffing the sale. This is a terrific opportunity for folks to work together on the library’s behalf—in this busy world, a short-term commitment with great gratification all ‘round! Proceeds will benefit the Friends and its support of the library.
To volunteer to help with the sale, call Leanne Sanders, Friends president, at 697-8380 now!
Questions? Call Leanne Sanders, Friends president, at 697-8380, or Amber Hopwood, vice-president, at 697-3097.