Hope everyone is planning on coming to check out SpringFest on Saturday May 2nd! This year, the event will be held at the Hill Country Galleria and the Friends will have a booth set up right in front of the library. So stop by, say hello and hear what the Friends have been doing these last few months. Also get a sneak peak on how the Friends are helping the library gear up for the big Summer Reading program this year and maybe how you can get involved in supporting your library.
The library staff was thrilled and surprised when coming to their monthly staff meeting to find an amazing spread of homemade breakfast tacos, muffins and fresh fruit and coffee! Every year, the American Library Association chooses a day in April to encourage communities nationwide to celebrate “National Library Workers Day“. This year the Friends group decided they wanted to show their love and support to the library staff by bringing them breakfast on one of their early work days.
A job well done to Friends members Bernadette Johnson, Carol Woeber and Fred Woeber for all the work they put into planning this event and going the extra mile with having everything homemade. Library staff all agreed that it was the best staff meeting yet and was the perfect way to start out their day.
We are always looking for new members to join our Friends of the Library team! To get more info on how to get involved, please come to our next monthly meeting held at 4:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at the library.
In addition to actively recruiting new members to help with upcoming events, we are also looking for members with a special set of skills to help in the following areas:
– Social Media Guru
– Website Team Member
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.
The Friends of the Library group was especially busy this last year! The FOL reactivated early in 2014, began regular monthly meetings and got to work on a number of different projects that brought in record-breaking funds to help stretch the library budget. Some of these purchases included
- Sponsoring the new monthly “What’s for Lunch?” program speaker and catered lunch
- Underwriting the (hugely popular) Summer Reading kick-off prize tote bags
- A digital SLR camera for the library that helped create this Teen Advisory Board project
- A portable sound system
- Button Maker
Due to budgeting constraints and timing of the fiscal year, the library would have been unable to purchase these items or sponsor these events without the support of the Friends. With their help, the library can bring in better resources for staff to use in serving the community.