Friends of the Library

A Friends of the Library group works with the library staff and governing board to enhance and improve library services to its community.  The group will decide what type of activities it would like to pursue.  There are five primary areas in which a Friends group may help its library; programming, fundraising, volunteering, advocacy, and protecting the freedom to read.

Here are a few things that could be done:

Plan and implement programs, such as

  • Preschool story hour
  • Programs for adults
  • Computer classes

Raise funds for special purposes, such as

  • Copy machine
  • Color printer
  • Library materials

Volunteer to do projects, such as

  • Index local history
  • Shelve books/ and or read shelves
  • Assist with summer reading program
  • Bake for the bake sale

Promote community awareness of the library (advocacy) by

  • Publicizing library events and services to your friends
  • Speaking to community groups
  • Supporting the library budget at public hearings

Protect individuals’ freedom to read by

  • Protecting individuals’ freedom to read what they wish and defending their right to free access to information
  • Supporting the library’s efforts to furnish information on all sides of an issue
  • Supporting library staff when materials are questioned

Noted & Quoted

The richest person in the world - in fact all the riches in the world - couldn't provide you with anything like the endless, incredible loot available at your local library. ~Malcolm Forbes

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