What’s for Lunch?

089One 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.

Friends 2014 Project Highlights

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.