The 15th Annual Friends of Libraries Week is October 18th through the 24th. We are going to take this opportunity to recognize the support we receive from each of our Branches Friends of the Library groups- they have our heartfelt gratitude for the work they do to enhance our Library services and our community.
“The Fairview Branch of the WCPL has been blessed from the very beginning with the extraordinary and enthusiastic support of their Friends group. Whether it’s been through the book sale, the creation and sale of the local calendar, the support of various events, or work on the grounds and in the community, The Friends of the Fairview Public Library have always been there!” ~Fairview Branch Manager, Phillip McAndrew.
Understanding the critical importance of our Library System to the Williamson County community, our Friends groups work enthusiastically to raise money to enable our Library services to be constantly improving. The Friends’ dedicated contributions of time and service at their Branch Libraries is a classic example of volunteerism leading to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community.
“Our Friends of the Nolensville Public Library continue to support us through these very unique Covid times. They provide funding for craft supplies for Take and Make bags and goodies for special events like Halloween. If we need funding for virtual programmers, they’re there for us. They will be there for us when we again have in-person programming. They are talking about having a book sale soon as a fundraiser. We appreciate them so much! Thank you to our Friends!” ~Branch Manager, Jennifer Hunsicker.
The Main Library Branch’s Friends of the Williamson County Public Library group was established in 1961 and held their first meeting on December 3 at the War Memorial Public Library. Over the years, they have contributed thousands of dollars to our Library, which supports for staff training and education, acquisitions such as the AWE computers in the Children’s Department, and other projects. Without this volunteer support, our Library would be deprived of one of its largest assets!
“The Friends of WCPL continues to amaze me! Even in this crazy pandemic , they manage to provide help with pop-up book sales, and their Halloween Program Boo Books. In addition they are here on Saturdays collecting donations. Truly amazing! I appreciate their love and dedication to our wonderful library. If you want to meet terrific people dedicated to helping the library, come meet them Friday at yet another marvelous book sale.“ ~Dolores Greenwald, Williamson County Public Library System Director.
While the Main Library Friends traditionally held extremely successful “Friends of the Library” book sales every quarter; this year has been more challenging and quite different. Some sales were cancelled, but in their assured and confident manner, the Friends rebounded with a modified sale in September and have scheduled “Pop-up” smaller sales to be held:
- October 23
- November 6
- November 20
- December 11
We are so immensely grateful for their 2020 continuing community programs, such as Boo Books! which will be a drive-thru this year to allow families and volunteers to safely participate. Check out the blog for information.
If you are interested in learning about volunteering with our Friends, their number is 615-595-1250, extension 1182, and there is information about them on the Library website at Friends-Main-Library.
Thank you for all you do, Friends!
The Williamson County Public Library System
By Jeffie Nicholson, Reference Department
What is a Friends of the Library group? They are outstanding individuals who value the services a public library provides to a community. They are willing to volunteer their time and talents plus dedicate themselves to the promotion and support of their local library.
To recognize and celebrate the volunteer and fundraising work of Friends in local community libraries, the United for Libraries division of the American Library Association designates one week in October as the National Friends of Libraries Week.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 16-22, 2016, as Friends of Libraries Week in Tennessee and encourages all citizens to join in this worthy observance.
Our own Friends of the Williamson County Public Library group was established in 1961. They held their first meeting on December 3 at the War Memorial Public Library. Over the years, they have contributed thousands of dollars to our library. Nearly $15,000 for books was raised this year. They also provide support for staff training and education, and other endeavors as they arise.
Our Friends raise these funds via membership fees, their book sales and events such as the Special Children’s Book Sales and by selling t-shirts and book bags. Members volunteer to help out with these and library events plus special Friends events like October’s “Boo Books” on October 24.
“The library has always played such an important role in my life and in my family’s life,” said Friends president Debbie Eades. “I truly enjoy being able to give something back – and being an active member of this group is fun!”
Our Friends of the Library are truly priceless and our library system would be bereft without their contributions. Did you know that the value of a volunteer hour is now assessed at $20.56? It leaves you speechless when you think about all the time our Friends give to the library.
“Our library would be much poorer without the Friends,” said Library Director Dolores Greenwald. “The funds they raise are such a valuable contribution to our community. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how much support is provided by our local Friends groups.”