Since late January I have been president of the Friends of the Library board, succeeding Barbara Ritchie whose term had expired. Her outstanding and dedicated service will be a hard act to follow. The Friends will continue to carry out our mission, which is to support and promote the MCPL system through financial support and volunteer activities.
The majority of the funds used for financial support are raised through the four annual book sales and enable us to fund library projects not covered by budget, such as summer reading programs, special performances, book discussion kits, worker rewards, art works for checkout, and other Library needs. Our February book sale raised $6,626. Recently, we have worked with Giggl, a company who will take our excess inventory, sell it through various venues, and pay us a percentage of the sale price. In 2011 the Friends will give a grant in excess of $20,000 to MCPL to help support the above activities.
We have added two teen representatives, Bre B. and Olivia M., to our board. This will furnish a younger perspective to guide us in our activities. (visit our "Teen Advisory Group (TAG)" page for details)
Advocacy for MCPL is another tool we use to support and promote the library system. MCPL is in danger of losing some of its funding because of changes in the rules for funding in the new budget proposed by Governor Scott Walker. Putting advocacy into action, we all need to contact our legislators and county board members to strongly urge them not to jeopardize library funding, which would result in possible reduction in services. (visit our "Speak Up for your Library" page for details)
We urge you to become new members of the Friends of MCPL or renew your memberships and help us to carry out our mission. There is a membership application available at www.mcpl.us/about/friends
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2011)
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