Alachua County Library District celebrates its Friends of the Library during National Friends of the Libraries Week: October 18-24, 2015. The Library District thanks Friends of the Library, an all-volunteer organization, for 61 years of service and significant contributions to our libraries and community.
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.
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.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).