It is National Library Week, and the Friends of the Library are celebrating our Davie County libraries and the unlimited possibilities we find at our libraries!
Every day this week we will be doing something special to let our library staff and volunteers know what their efforts and creativity mean to us!
This week we honor our library staff and our library volunteers for all they do to make our library not only a terrific place to find books, but to make our library a center of the community!
On Thursday, our volunteers will be providing and serving a luncheon for them as a small way to say “thank you”. Throughout the week we will try to let them all know how much we appreciate the extra mile they take to be sure that our library is the best it can be, and provide those endless possibilities to youth and adults in Davie County.
Our libraries (Cooleemee and Mocksville) support youth and literacy with regular outreach programs that inform the public about the services provided at our library.
They provide early and hesitant readers with the encouragement and motivation they need through programs like “Reading with Ranger” , Storytime, the Summer Reading program, and “Launches Learning” which assists students in learning how to do research and even homework assignments that they are having difficulty with.
They bring us e-books, great speakers and authors, help us record and preserve our local history, provide a meeting place for community groups and activities, job services, homework help, and technology education to youth, students and adults who otherwise might not have the opportunity.
And the Friends of the Library supports the library throughout the year with regular contributions of financial help and by providing volunteers.
How do we do that?
- Financially: through our 501 c3 designation, businesses and individuals are able to donate to our libraries and receive the full value of their donation in services or gifts, as a tax write off.
- Fundraising: our group is the main fundraising arm of our library. Through our bi-annual book sales and other fundraising activities, we are able to help provide the extras that our library staff need in order to encourage library patrons and better promote educational activities.
- Volunteering: our members regularly volunteer in the library’s history room, with the summer reading program, for the book sales in setting up, cleaning up and selling the books.
- Board: our volunteer board meets once a month to co-ordinate activities that will support our library programs and staff. This includes our fundraisers and ideas to promote literacy, as well as providing items that our librarians request such as youth services needs (games, puzzles, CD’s), refreshments for special events, monies towards special speakers such as Dr. Elliot Engel, and treats for holiday events such as the Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
So celebrate your library this week- take out a good book to read, and say “Thank You” to a librarian while you are there!