Wednesday, October 5, 2016

National Friends of the Library Week

Louisville, MS – The Winston County Library will be spending the week of October 16 – 22, 2016 celebrating Friends of the Library Week. This is the 11th year to officially honor Friends groups around the country. The Friends of the Winston County Library was established in 1984 by JoAnn Brandt and Joyce McGraw, and they have raised  $256,000 for the library over the years. Currently, over 113 community members contribute annually to Friends and many actively volunteer their time to assist in fund-raising projects throughout the year, such as the spring and fall used book sales. They also sponsor the annual County and City Officials Appreciation Luncheon every April during National Library Week. 

Through Friends of the Library fundraising, items such as tile flooring for the lobby and circulation desk have been made possible. Other items funded by the Friends group are new chairs, flat-screen TV and DVD player for the meeting room, children and adult programming, book cases, color copier for public use, comfortable and stylish seating furniture for the fiction reading room, vacuum cleaners, commercial coffee pot for library events, asbestos survey in the 1990's, two stainless steel book drops, custom-made circulation desk, contributions toward matching grant funds to have the new Fiction Reading Room and Louis Taunton Genealogy Room addition in 2003, and portable advertising signs for library programming. There are many more items, too numerous to list.

Current Friends President Theresa Bridges said, “The library has always played such an important role in my life and in my family’s life. As a child I remember that going to the library was such a fun adventure, and I hope that children today enjoy it as much as I did. I love being an active member of the Friends!” Other officers include Vice President, Marty Burks and Treasurer, Rhonda Porter.

“I honestly don’t know what the library would do without our Friends group,” states librarian Beth Edwards. “They are so dedicated, hard-working, and passionate in their support of the Winston County Library. We are truly grateful for all they do for us and in turn, for our entire community.”