The Vigo County Public Library is recognizing its Friends of the Library group as part of the sixth annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. A Friends display will remain on exhibit in the library through November.
More than $25,000 has been donated from the Friends to the Vigo County Public Library for 2013. The Friends sponsor all Vigo County School Corp. second-grade classroom visits to the library. The group also supports several programs: the summer reading program, the Big Read, after-school and “Brown Bag” programs, literacy and English as Second Language activities, book giveaways, electronic learning devices and books for Youth Services and the Lifelong Learning Center.
The Friends partner with organizations including: United Way, Vigo County School Corp., West Vigo Community Center, Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Altrusa, Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition, Swope Art Museum, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana State University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Habitat for Humanity.
The Friends group, now in its 29th year, was organized in 1984 by enthusiastic library supporters who wished to provide support, financial and promotional, to the library. In 1994, the Friends became a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
It is managed by a 15-member volunteer board of officers and directors who meet once a month. All sales and activities are planned and conducted through the volunteer efforts of its members, with proceeds from all fundraising efforts allocated back to the library for programs, services, materials and equipment.
It offers opportunities to make new “friends” and volunteer with pricing and sorting books, working at book sales, assisting at author visits and other library events, serving on the Friends board and committees, working on special projects, and promoting the library. The membership year runs May to May. Information is available at the library, as well as through the library website. The Friends income, derived from memberships, annual sales, holiday sales and Saturday sales, allow the Friends to continue support of the community and the library.
The Friends welcome donations of adult and children’s books, current magazines, books on audio, CDs and DVDs, puzzles and games that are in good condition for resale. A donation letter for tax purposes is available.