Library Observes National Friends of Libraries Week

Posted Oct 21st, 2015 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Community Interest


The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will spend the entire week of October 18-24, 2015, celebrating its Friends of the Library (FOL) group as part of the 10th Annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. The Friends of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library was established in 1979 and has raised funds for the Library over the years.

Currently, over 1,250 community members contribute annually to the Friends or are Lifetime members and nearly 100 of these contributors actively volunteer their time to assist the group with fundraising efforts that include a variety of book sales.

“We have such wonderful, dedicated Friends members and supporters,” said Friends Coordinator Margi Levy. “Our volunteers do a terrific job of organizing seven or more book sales per year. They run the book sales and also staff our beautiful Classics Gift Shop, downtown at Main Library. They are an invaluable resource for the Library system!”

Celebration activities include:
· A Friends’ Membership Drive: When someone becomes a new member at Main Library or any of the system’s 18 branch locations, they will receive 2 FREE books from the FOL Specialty Bookcarts!

“The contribution of the Friends of the Library is invaluable to our historic system,” said Clyde Scoles, Library Director. “Our customers would be surprised to learn of how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.”

Friends of the Library (FOL) operates the Classic Gift Shop located in the garage level of Main Library (419.259.5358), and the FOL Book Center, 1301 N. Reynolds Rd. Donations are accepted on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more details about the week’s activities and to find out how to become a member of the Friends,
Please call 419.259.5358 or visit the FOL page at toledolibrary.org

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