Alachua County Library District thanks its Friends of the Library for 64 years of service and its significant contributions to our libraries and community. On October 11, Alachua County Library District Governing Board Chair Ken Cornell presented a proclamation to Friends of the Library President P.J. van Blokland declaring October 21-27 "Friends of the Library Week."
Libraries across Alachua County will celebrate National Friends of the Libraries Week: October 21-27, and say "Thank You" for -
- Contributing $5.07 million to the Library District (since 1986)
- Funding additional adult and children’s programming, $2.85 million
- Helping us enrich and expand our materials collection
- Providing educational scholarships for library staff, $312,000
- Supporting Snuggle Up ’n Read program for 16 years and contributing more than $214,000 plus putting Daniel Bernstrom’s book, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree, into the hands of 677 Head Start preschoolers in 2018
- Funding quiet reading rooms at Cone Park, Headquarters, High Springs, Millhopper, Library Partnership, Newberry and Tower Road Branches
- And, so much more.
The Alachua, High Springs and Micanopy Branches also have Friends of the Library organizations actively involved with their libraries. These groups have also enhanced library services in their communities.