Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Friends indeed! (The library always needs Friends)

Friends of the Fauquier Library, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Fauquier County’s public libraries, is in the spotlight this month just as Friends organizations across the country are being recognized.

This month Fauquier County Public Library is reminding library patrons how important its Friends group is. Fauquier Friends provide funding for special programs and services that expand and enrich the library's regular budget through membership dues, fundraisers and proceeds from The Book Cellar, a used book store in Old Town Warrenton.
The "extras" Friends provides include funding for special events such as author visits, guest story tellers, summer reading programs and cultural events for children, teens and adults. Friends also provides funding for items such as library equipment and furniture.

Friends members believe that libraries are for everyone — all ages, income levels, and neighborhoods in the community — and they work to increase the level of support the library receives from private sources, principally from citizens who appreciate the privileges of a great library.

“I don’t know where we would be without the Friends,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso. “They helped sponsor hundreds of library programs in 2011 that would not have been possible through funds normally available for library operations. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.”

Contributions, both in donations, membership dues, and time volunteered are crucial to the vitality of the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

“The library has always played such an important role in my life and in my family’s life,” said Friends president Tina Ross. “I truly enjoy being able to give something back – and being an active member of this group is fun.”

The Friends of the Fauquier Library hosts special sales every month at The Book Cellar. Topics featured in October are: cookbooks and biographies. When you buy one book from these sale categories you are entitled to a second title of equal or lesser value in that category for free. Featured authors priced under the same terms in October are: Mary Higgins Clark, Patricia Cornwell, Frederick Forsyth, and Eric V. Lustbader. Get more Book Cellar news on facebook.
Anyone joining the Friends or renewing their membership will receive a coupon for an attractive, heavy duty tote bag bearing the Friends logo redeemable at The Book Cellar or at any Fauquier library.

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