FRIENDS OF ALPHA PARK PUBLIC 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 Alpha Park Library
Since 2011, the Friends of the Alpha Park Library have raised approximately $20,000, helping APL purchase much-needed items, both great and small, from Summer Reading prizes to the spiffy Information/Reference desk.
Come join this terrific group on May 14 at 10:30 a.m. (Second Tuesday of the month.) All are welcome!
Questions about the friends? Call Amber Hopwood, Friends president, @ 697-3097.
Meanwhile, visit the Friends’ ongoing book sale at the library, far north wall. All sales benefit APL.