One of the big initiatives that the Friends of the Library has taken on this year is our increasingly popular “What’s for Lunch” programming series for adults. Hosted on the first Wednesday of every month, October – May, the library arranges for a speaker to come and talk about a general interest topic during the lunch hour. Topics have ranged from a chocolate chat with a pastry chef to learning ways to take better pictures with a SmartPhone. Community members are invited to come and listen to the speaker as well as enjoy a catered lunch.
Much of this program’s success is owed to the FOL. The FOL sponsors the primary costs of the event including the costs of the speaker and the lunch. The cost of the lunch is mostly offset by patrons that give the suggested donation of $5 to eat and listen; however, this program would not be sustainable without the help of the FOL. In addition, one volunteer from the FOL picks up and delivers the lunch to the library to make it possible for staff members to be present at the library to set up the programming space and greet patrons who arrive early.
One final way that the FOL have contributed to the “What’s for Lunch” success is in promoting this program within their own community of friends and neighbors. It is only with the help of our diverse group of Friends members that we are able to take our programs and resources as deeply into the community.