Join Friends of the Library to get more from your public library

Are you looking for a way to get more involved with the library? Looking for ways to benefit from the library outside of checking items out? A great way to do both is by joining Friends of the Library. Not sure exactly what Friends of the Library are or what they do? Let me tell you all about them.

Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that supports our library. They fundraise using a variety of activities each year, including an annual book sale. It gives you the chance to volunteer for library activities and services. They promote public awareness for the library, our activities, and services.

Most importantly members serve as advocates for the library before governing bodies that pass the laws affecting libraries, our funding and services. Friends of the Library work to keep the library strong and extend services, programs, and resources into the community. Those are just the ways the group helps the library, but do you want to know ways you would benefit?

There are many benefits to being a Friends member. Not only would you get a sense of pride for being involved in your library and community you also can get first pick of the donated books. Why wait for the annual sale when you can see them once they are donated to the organization? Help sort donations and you can take a few to add to your personal collection.

The benefits don’t stop there. You help the library extend our services. Friends funds pay for programs, books, and services during the summer. Now that you know all of the benefits of being a Friend of the Library you want to join, right?

The process to register as a member or renew a current membership is quick and easy. All it takes is a simple form and a membership fee. There are five different types of membership. Student and senior citizen are both $10 each. An individual membership costs $15. Family cost $25. A Lifetime membership costs $150. So no matter how big your family is, if you sign up for a family membership the most it will cost you is $25. When registering make sure to sign up for volunteer chances and let us know which event or service you would like to get more involved in.

While I hope you join our great Friends group, I would also like to take a moment and thank our Friends Group and their current and past members. They work all year to support us! They allow us flexibility and have helped fund summer reading for many years. They recently helped us get grants to fund our STEM Club. They work so hard for us year round.

Don’t delay, join today! Stop by the circulation desk to get signed up. You can become a member year round. Don’t let all of these benefits pass you by. Friends of the Library is a great way to get more involved with your library. The possibilities are endless.

This article originally appeared on Carlsbad Current-Argus: Join Friends of the Library to get more from your public library