Who Are the Friends of the Augusta County Library?
Library “friends” are patrons who want to do more than just use the library. In the beginning of the American public library system they were the book-lovers who started in motion the community efforts that led to the formation of many pioneering libraries. Even now they are those most interested in improving the scope and quality of almost every local library and in making its services more accessible throughout the region it serves.
Many libraries have groups of Friends who contribute thousands of dollars each year for special programs for children and adults. These programs could not be nearly as effective as they are without the funds and often the active assistance of Friends. The Friends of the Augusta County Library are those who have planted the flowering trees that surround our building. They can be found actually digging in the earth during the growing season. Or one of them may be the volunteer that attends the circulation desks, helps to keep the books in order on our shelves, or to move books when spatial needs change. When you purchase used books, use the library’s copying machines, or enjoy a cup of speciality coffee at the cafe you are using something paid for and maintained by the Friends. The list could go on and on. . . .
In short, the Friends of the Library are civic-minded people from all walks of life who care for and take pride in their local library as a cultural institution vital to our democracy and freedom. They make personal contributions of money to the library through the Friends organization. Some of them contribute hours of work each month to help the library function or to make its grounds more attractive, and some will even serve as public advocates when library needs are being considered by governmental entities.
All it takes is a contribution during and around the National Library Week, or at
any time that suits you. Or you can volunteer to help in one of the Friends’ projects