Sunday, January 24, 2010

Become a Friend!

Established in 1969, the Friends for the Public Library is a nonprofit organization supporting the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System. The Board of Directors of the Friends annually allocates money to enhance library services to benefit the community, including providing funding for:

  • Annual citywide Summer Reading Program for childen and young adults.

  • Community Outreach and Family Literacy Program.

  • Cultural and literary events at branch libraries.

  • Specialized training and development for professional staff.

  • Center for the Book- a self-guided educational exhibit on the history of books and printing.

The primary fundraising activity of the Friends is their booksales, including Monthly Used Booksales, the Main Library Bookshop, and ‘Fiction to Go’ kiosks at nine of the 17 branches. Most of the books for sale at all these locations are from kind donations from library customers!

How can you help? The Friends need the help of hundreds of volunteers every year. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Advocacy- help make local, county and state officials aware of the importance of our library system.

  • Community Outreach- help develop and implement Family Literacy Programs.

  • Development- help us raise more funds in support of the Library system.

  • Main Library Bookshop- work several hours, one or more days a week.

  • Membership- help us recruit more Friends like you.

  • Pricing and Sorting- prepare books for sale, working one or more days a week.

  • Serve on our Board of Directors and in committee positions.

  • Used Book Sales- second Saturday of every month

To join the Friends, or for more information, check out their website.

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