The Library District thanks its Friends of the Library, an all-volunteer organization, for 62 years of service and significant contributions to our libraries and community. During National Friends of the Libraries Week, October 16-22, we celebrate our Friends and show our thanks at our branch libraries.
Since 1986, when the Library District became an independent special taxing district, the Friends have donated more than $4.7 million to help provide children’s programming and author visits, enrich and expand the materials collection, fund educational scholarships for library staff, purchase books for the Snuggle Up ‘N Read Program with area Head Start children, provide materials and training for literacy projects, support library expansion projects and much more.
Many residents support their libraries and the Friends by shopping and/or donating to the annual Friends of the Library Book Sales. The fall sale is October 22 - 26, at the BookHouse, 430-B N. Main Street. The fall and spring book sales are a major source of funding for library programs and services. Learn more about the Friends of the Library at www.folacld.org.
The Alachua, High Springs and Micanopy Branches also have Friends of the Library organizations actively involved with their libraries. These FOL groups have also enhanced library services in their communities.
Cone Park and Newberry Branch shares special thanks -