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Friends of the Library is Celebrating 40 Years!!
Click here for some Emporia Friends of the Library facts from the past 40 years.
What is the Friends of the Library?
The Friends of the Library is an organization of people who believe
in the worth of an effective and attractive library. Its members
pay a small membership fee and many serve in a volunteer capacity
on the Board, committees, and working as homebound drivers or in
various roles for our two annual book sales. As a result of the
efforts of these people our Library benefits in many ways.
The Friends of the Emporia Public Library organization was founded
on February 8, 1973, to support the initiative for a new library
building. Now, more than 30 years later, the Friends group has expanded
its mission and serves the library through support of adult and
children's programming, collection development, equipment and facility
improvement, increasing the Friends Endowment Fund, and more.
Friends Mission Statement
The mission of The Friends of the Library of the Emporia Public
Library is to provide support for the Library's programs, help the
Library achieve its mission, and to be an advocate within the community
in support of the Library.
Friends of the Library Objectives
- To maintain an association of persons interested in libraries;
- To focus attention on the library to stimulate the use of the
library's resources and services;
- To encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library;
- To support and cooperate with the library in developing library
services and facilities for the community;
- To advocate for library issues;
- To function on behalf of the library but not as the library.
- To support the freedom to read as expressed in the American
Library Association Bill of Rights.
Friends of the Library Dues and Contributions
- Brown Bag Concerts
- Equipment and Technology
- Children's Summer Reading Program
- Teen Summer Reading Program
- Outdoor Plantings
- Book Baskets for patrons
- Multiple book copies for Book Discussions
- Newsletter printer costs
- Accu-cut dies for bulletin boards
- Friends Endowment
- Community Bookcase collection enhancement
- Free Bookpage newspaper
- Bookmark Design Contest