Friends sponsor teen service project – Little Free Library for Foster Village

Our TAB teens had a busy, productive meeting at the The Bee Cave Arts Foundation. They took their monthly meeting across the street to The Hive and got hands-on with the Little Free Library painting project so it can be ready to deliver to Foster Village in the next couple of months! Big thank you to The Bee Cave Arts Foundation for hosting the visit and letting them explore your exhibits and then paint in your creatively inspiring space!

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Rolling Sculpture Car Show presentation at City Council meeting

Our highly anticipated annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show benefits the Friends of the Library and last year raised $8015.00!  

2019 Rolling Sculpture Car Show details

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Rolling car show presenting the BIG CHECK at the City Council meeting

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Mayor also present a proclamation honoring Dean for his service to the library!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACommunity Impact Article – https://communityimpact.com/austin/lake-travis-westlake/city-county/2019/02/13/bee-cave-recognizes-car-show-creator-benefactor/

 

Friends support charity {{knitting}} event!

We are starting the year off by supporting our Bee Cave Public Library’s Knitting Club.   They are participating in a global initiative called “25,000 Tuques” (French for “25,000 Woolen Hats”).  They held an event earlier this month called Knit-In Night and recently were in the Statesman.

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All month long, until the end of January, they are encouraging people to knit or crochet hats at home to bring to the library and even supplying loaner hat looms to take home.

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They are also making welcoming notes that will be mailed with the hats.

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Want to help?

The library will be accepting hats and notes until the end of January and we need your help at our next Friends meeting, February 10th at 4:00pm. We’ll be counting and boxing all the wonderful tuques and getting ready to ship. We will also finish the project by helping with some of the postage needed. This event is possible with the financial assistance provided by the Friends of the Bee Cave Public Library.

We couldn’t do it without your support! Thank you!

 

Become a Friend to the Library!

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:

– President/Co-President

– Social Media Guru

– Website Team Member

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.