Friends of the Library

Library Store Enters Third Year, With Thin Books and Fat Ones Too

Columbus GA library store, always there for all kinds of shoppers. "Interior designers choose the books because of the way they look," explained volunteer Alice Budge. "They get them to fill shelves in homes and businesses."

The store has raised more than $80,000 for library programs and services for children and adults. Some of those services are volunteer recruitment and training as well as sponsoring visits by authors. The store, run by volunteers, was made possible by a gift to the Muscogee County Library Foundation by Budge and her husband, former Ledger-Enquirer publisher John Greenman.

She recalled one student came in looking for a particular book. "He wanted something thin," she said, laughing.

Why a store in a place where books are free?

"Some people just love to own a book. Children especially love to have a few of their own," Budge said. "At these prices they have a few."

Soft-Sell Be A Friend PSA

Heavens, Paula Poundstone has found herself in another unbalanced relationship...and is making up for it with a Public Service Announcement on behalf of Friends of Libraries USA. Another version's on the FOLUSA site.

Just three turn out for libraries

Kind Of Sad... The folks in Dorset, England want to form Friends of the Island Libraries. They held a meeting, but only 3 people showed up. The meeting was redeemed by the presence of Town Mayor Tim Munro and councillors Les Ames, David Hawkins and Richard Denton-White, who all stressed that while they were there as councillors to fight for the retention of the libraries and their opening times, they were also present as members of the public who use the libraries.

Bringing Foreign Language Books Home to California

Don't underestimate what Friends can do. For example, the Friends of the Long Beach (CA) Library paid for a trip to Cambodia for librarian Susan Taylor and fellow library employee Lyda Thanh to purchase books for a community of local residents who speak, and sometimes read, Khmer.

The Mark Twin Library paid $3,500 for just over 1,000 the books and almost as much, $3,100, to ship them back to the states, Taylor said. All of the travel expenses for Taylor and Thanh were paid for by the Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel committee, which is part of Friends of the Library. Story from the Press Telegram.

A Successful Library Bookstore...Where 50 Cents Will Buy an Adventure

Read all about the Largo (FL) Public Library Bookstore in which has been operating successfully for the last 17 years .

The Friends group was formed in 1975 to help support the library. The original group was made up of members of the Largo Woman's Club, who started the library in 1914. Proceeds from book sales help pay for materials and support library programs. Since its inception, the group has raised more than $500,000 for the library.

About 35 dedicated volunteers clean, sort and price incoming donations, ring up sales and are always ready to offer advice on the next great read. It helps that several volunteers are retired librarians and educators. "If one of us doesn't know the answer, the other one does," said volunteer coordinator Mary Ann Whitehurst.

Art on a Limb

Dale C. writes "The Friends of Windsor Library (Windsor, VT) are hosting a unique statewide fund- and consciousness-raising event benefiting all 190 public libraries in the state (more libraries per capita than any other state). They've enlisted the talents of 45 famous Vermont artists (Thacher Hurd, Gail Gibbons, etc.) in decorating wooden cutouts of Vermont maple leaves which they'll auction online until Oct 14 (the height of the leaf season), when they'll have a live Final Day Auction. It's an experiment in statewide cooperation by two groups that love libraries and the freedom to read the most: artists and Friends."  The Vermont Maple Leaf Auction
The Vermont Maple Leaf Auction.

Buy Your Books By The Book

Interesting musings of a Fayetteville, AR blogger Jonah Tebbets, The Iconoclast, on the subject of the public library selling books through the internet. He also touches on independent new & used bookstores selling books, buying books on-line on your own, collecting taxes at brick & mortar stores and not collecting taxes on the internet...and so on.

What think you all? Do you care where you get your books or book-related stuff? Is your primary goal to get the best price? Or something else? Or is it all (or some) a huge waste of big old trees?????? Log in, identify yourself and post your comments below.

Staffers & Friends Remind Oregonians That They Want Their Library

TALENT (OR) Vowing that they won't let citizens or town officials forget the closed library, a group of local residents are staging a "read-in" every Thursday in front of the city complex, bringing attention to the problem and talking with residents about how it can be fixed.

At the same time, Talent's idled librarian, Laurel Prchal, holds her summer reading program for children on a blanket at the skate park across the street.

The supporters, most of them members of the Talent Friends of the Library, sit in front of the Community Center from 10 to 11 on Thursdays bringing neighbors up to date on the progress of library reopening, entertaining suggestions on strategies and sharing stories on life without libraries, said Betty Smith, who worked at the library for 35 years. Mail Tribune reports.

Friends Try to Stomp Out Apathy for the Jackson MI Library

Friends of the Jackson, MI library are spreading the word to promote a tax rate increase to support their libraries. This article from the Jackson Citizen Patriot reports on their efforts to try to get the word out to the public about the library millage (i.e., tax; relates to local community fund raising to match federal funds for specific projects) said president of Friends of the Carnegie Library Nancy McCormick.

On Aug. 7, the Jackson District Library will ask voters to approve a 0.8 millage increase over 20 years for a $28 million expansion plan. Because of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, library employees cannot ask people to vote 'yes' on the millage during work hours. All they can do is share information about the millage.

However people decide to vote, the Aug. 7 election turnout is expected to be low.

Bring Back Your Empties...To The Library

Cool idea for raising money...the Rosseau Library, Parry Sound Ontario, will accept your empty liquor, beer and soda bottles to make your life a bit easier, and of course, they get to keep the bottle refunds. Although taking a liquor bottle to the neighbourhood library seems contradictory, library board and Friends of the Library member Fred Neal said it's another service the library can perform for the community.

Here's the story from the Parry Sound Press.

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