Join the Friends at your local branch!
What does a Friends group do?
Friends are civic-minded citizens, who know that any community becomes a better community when its libraries are improved.They lobby for and help raise funds to support enhancement and expansion of public library services. They host book sales, musical programs, cultural gatherings and specialized workshops for the community.
Many Friends work directly with the Library staff as volunteers, helping deliver library services on a personal, one-to-one basis. Others work to insure that all segments of the community get the maximum benefit from the public library by staging community and civic programs at the library. Still, other members of the Friends may wish to take on specific projects within the library depending on where there is a particular need.
The work (and play) of a Friends group is as varied as its membership, and the scope of its projects limited only by those members’ imaginations.
Most of all, though, Friends stand ready to volunteer their time, talents, funds, and influence when needed, to promote, improve and expand library services – and to improve the quality of life in their communities.
Why should I join the Friends?
Our library can – and should – touch the life of every member or our community, from the preschooler to the senior citizen, from the disabled to the gifted. Without your support and help that just isn’t possible. The library needs you on its team. That team already includes our staff and trustees. But, we really need Friends.
With you on our team, we gain a valuable ally in our quest to reach a common goal – making our public library the best it can be. If you want to share in that goal, we want you on the team.
Anyone can join a Friends group by completing a membership form available at the library and returning it along with your dues. You will then be given a membership card and notified of meeting dates and times.
What are my responsibilities?
That’s up to you. We want you to be as involved in the Friends – and in your library – as you want to be. Meetings are held monthly, special events are organized throughout the year, and some projects are ongoing. But you decide for yourself what your participation will be.
You may choose to support the group by joining, but not participating actively – you may want to attend the meetings, but not serve on any committee or work group – or you may choose to become totally involved – standing for office, serving on committees or directing projects. Whatever the role you choose, you will be welcomed and appreciated!
Now isn’t that just the perfect Friendship?