Friends Groups Help Libraries Do More

Have you thought of joining the Friends of the Library?

Thirty of the 32 branch libraries in Great River Regional Library (GRRL) have Friends of the Library groups. These dedicated community members advocate for libraries, sponsor library programs, host popular special events such as used book sales, and provide a source of much-needed volunteers.

Library Friends are more like best friends than Facebook friends because they live in the same community and have a physical connection. Many of them visit the library regularly, use its services and know how important it is in the lives of their neighbors. For people who have brought their children to storytimes, used the resources to plan major purchases, and trusted library staff to guide their reading choices, it’s not surprising they think of themselves as friends.

So if you use the library extensively, or even if you don’t, and you believe that library services are essential, consider joining the Friends group for your GRRL branch library. They’re sure to welcome you. Contact your nearest branch to find out how to join. Membership dues are modest, but the opportunity to help is tremendous, limited only by your imagination and ambition. Many of our libraries are seeing business increases and could use extra help on special projects or even with basic functions such as book shelving.

If you’d like more information about what Friends groups do across the country, visit the website for the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF).
Check it out to see where you might fit in.

“I'd also had the public libraries, the libraries in London. To go into these public places, for free, and realize by reading books that there was so much more - it had a massive effect on the feelings of helplessness.”
- Sir Michael Caine, reminiscing on how he became an actor despite starting life as the son of a fish-market porter and a charlady.

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