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.
Patios, Pets, and More from the Friends of Alpha Park Library
The Friends of the Library have been busy, underwriting the costs of Summer Reading Club prizes and, on a BIG scale, selling bricks for the patio on the library’s west side. AND having the west-side footpath sign installed. AND producing a “Cutest Pet” fundraiser. In seven years, the Friends have generated at least $20,000 in revenue, with proceeds benefitting the library. All this, with a core group of seven to ten folks who meet on the second Tuesday of every month, plus a small but faithful handful of volunteers who maintain the ongoing book sale…and more!
The next Friends meetings will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 13.
All are welcome.
A shout-out, too, to Alex Vlachos, of Brandenberg Landscaping, who did such fine work—at a reasonable price—on the patio!
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.