While the library is gearing up to commemorate its 50th anniversary in June, we are highlighting various programs and volunteer groups all year long. This month we’re spotlighting the tireless efforts of the Friends of the Library.
The inception of the Friends of the Library dates back to the library's pre-opening days. An organizational meeting facilitated by a committee from the Women's Club laid the foundation, leading to the formal application for Articles of Incorporation. Since then, the Friends of the Library have played a pivotal role in supporting various programs and initiatives, becoming an integral part of the library's continued success.
Used book sales have been a staple since the Friends' early days, serving as a financial support for the library. Income from ongoing used book sales have funded essential items ranging from a fax machine, computers, and software to interior enhancements like carpeting, furniture, and window blinds. Beyond infrastructure, the Friends' contributions have extended to supporting after-school programs, snacks, summer reading initiatives, adult programs, and consistently replenishing the library's book collection.
Behind the scenes, the Friends have orchestrated numerous events throughout the years, hosting authors, art shows, speakers, and even a Storytelling Festival. Their support has been instrumental in organizing receptions that celebrate significant library milestones and building expansions. Despite their substantial impact, the Friends of the Library often operate in the background, their efforts going unnoticed by many, but undoubtedly felt by all who set foot into the library.
The Friends were also responsible for launching the READ program in the mid-1980s. At a time when township residents had to pay for library cards, the Friends stepped in to cover the costs for children in the READ program, fostering a love for reading. Today, the program remains a testament to the lasting impact of their early involvement.
In celebration of the library’s 50th anniversary, the Friends of the Library will be available every Thursday in February from 10 am to 2 pm. During these sessions, attendees can learn about past achievements, ongoing efforts, and opportunities to contribute to future endeavors. Light refreshments will be provided.
We are so grateful to the Friends of the Library for their unwavering support and decades of commitment to fostering a love of literature and increasing community engagement. This year serves as a particularly special reminder as we approach our 50th anniversary that the Friends have been crucial in ensuring the library's continued success and positive impact on our town.
In other library news, the library will be closed from March 1 to March 14 for a staff area remodel. In preparation for this renovation, the library will not be accepting any book donations in February or March. Readers are encouraged to check out any desired books before March 1, as there will be no returns due during the closure.