Alachua County Library District thanks our Friends of the Library during National Friends of Libraries Week,October 18-24. Join us in recognizing the many contributions of this all-volunteer organization.
Since 1986, when the Library District became an independent special taxing district, the Friends have donated more than $4.6 million dollars to the Library District. These funds help provide children’s programming and author visits, enrich and expand the Library District’s materials collection, fund educational scholarships for library staff, purchase books for the Snuggle Up ‘N Read Program for area Head Start children, provide materials and training for literacy projects, support library expansion projects and much more.
Thanks to our Friends, the Library District is hosting another Author Series in 2016 that will start with two award-winning, bestselling authors visiting Headquarters Library in January. On January 9, 2 p.m., Lauren Groff will talk about her work and her latest book Fates and Furies which is a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, Fiction. On January 23, 2 p.m. Victoria Christopher Murray will talk about her work and sign books. Each year the Friends of the Library provides additional funding that enables the library to bring an impressive lineup of diverse authors to town. The community is able to meet these authors, ask their questions and join in the conversation.
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 24-28, 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. The public is invited to visit any library or www.folacld.org to learn more about the Friends of the Library or like them on Facebook.
Library Partnership's display thanks Friends of Library for its contributions to programs, expansion and renovation projects including a quiet reading room and a superhero-themed children's area and more.
The Alachua, High Springs and Micanopy Branches also have Friends of the Library organizations actively involved with their libraries. These FOL groups have also enhance library services in their communities. We thank all our friends.