Monday, February 10, 2014

Be A Friend

           The Canastota Public Library is is still working on it's ongoing “Friends of the Library” 2014 Membership Drive.  This annual “Friends Membership Drive” helps to support our library both financially and through the talent and work of the Friends!  By joining the Friends you indicate your support for the Library as a community resource available to everyone.  While the library does receive funds from government entities, not all of the library’s financial needs are met.  Membership dues from the Friends of the Library help the library to purchase additional resources and to provide programming for the entire community. 

          For more than thirty years, the Canastota Public Library has had tremendous support from it’s’ “Friends of the Library” group.  The Friends help the Library in a variety of ways.  They conduct the “on-going” book sale in the Public Access Computer Room, keeping the bookshelves stocked and attractive.  In the spring and summer months, the Friends group helps with the garden by planting new flowers, as well as weeding and mulching in the garden.  Friends’ members assist the Library staff with public programs when needed and hold a large annual book sale in the fall.  During 2013, the Friends continued to support the “Library Knitters” who meet Friday mornings in the Lawson Room and the Thursday Evening Knitters.  Both these groups continue to attract new members.   Due to their success with this year’s Annual Fall Book Sales, the Friends contributed money to the Library’s Endowment Fund, purchased new computers for the Public Access Computer Room, donated additional money to support the local efforts of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and sent money to the Mid-York Library System for the purchase of eBooks.  The eBooks would be available for borrowing to any patrons through the Mid-York System. 
            Yearly membership dues for the Canastota Public Library Friends Group are $3.00 for an individual or $10 per family – of course, additional gifts are always welcome.  The Friends of the Canastota Public Library welcome program suggestions and volunteers.  The Library needs a strong group of Friends!


 The Canastota Public Library is located at 102 W. Center Street in Canastota.  To join the Friends of the Library, stop into the library and fill out one of our “Friends” forms.  Or, call the library at (315) 697-7030.

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