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The Friends of the
Fletcher Free Library

Welcome You

The Friends Are Here To:

·         Encourage community support of the library

     ·         Raise money for library needs, as designated by staff and board

          ·         Promote cultural and literacy programs at the library

               ·         Sponsor and promote educational and enrichment programs for all ages

 

Current and Past Activities and Achievements:

·         Raise money via Annual Book Sale

·         Produced Booked for Lunch Series

·         Provide significant annual financial support of Youth Programs

·         Provide financial support of Outreach Programs

·         Bought new Photocopier for the public

·         Bought new Book Carts, Step Stools, Technical Services Supplies

·         Bought new Large-print Books and Unabridged Books on Tape

·         Promoted a campaign to pass the annual ˝ cent tax for book purchases

 

 Dreams for the Future:

·         Create a Gift Shop in the library, offering tote bags, note cards, bookmarks, compact disks, Friends of the FFL aprons, used books

·         An additional book sale

 

A Brief History of the Friends

 

In 1973 a movement was underway to replace the old Carnegie Library Building with a new library.  Concerned about its historic value and determined to preserve it, a group formed calling itself "The Citizens to Save the Fletcher Free Library Building".  Its efforts succeeded.  The old building was saved to become the Youth Library, and a new wing built to house the adult collection.

Four years later the "Citizens" evolved into the "Friends of the Fletcher Free Library”, and continued to support the library as needed.  It became less active in the 1980’s, but rallied whenever a cause emerged.  In 1995, after years of inadequate funding had left the book collection in woeful condition, the Friends organized to spur a successful drive to place a ˝ cent tax initiative on the City ballot.  The dedicated tax passed, bringing an initial $90,000 per year for the book budget.  In 2001 the Friends resumed active status.
 

We Hope You Will Join Us

 

The Friends meet on the first Thursday of the month at 10:30 am in the Community Room, and the public is welcome.  We are currently seeking new members.  Annual dues are $10 for individuals, $15 for families.  As a 501c3 organization contributions are tax deductible.  Even if you are not interested in membership at this time, we especially need volunteers to help research and sort donated books.  Other volunteer activities include helping with the Annual Book Sale.  There are many ways to get involved with supporting your local library.

 

Click here to print a membership form.

 

For More Information

Please Contact:

Marlene Wallace at

marlene@vtidea.net

864.3103

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