I’d like to introduce you to some friends of mine. They’re actually friends of yours as well, though you may have never met them. These wonderful folks are members of the Friends of the Raynham Public Library, the organization that is dedicated to making the library a thriving community center and a place for intellectual discover and lifelong learning.
As with any group of friends, there are those who take on the leadership role and those who work quietly in the background, those who are actively involved in the group and those who simply wish to show their support. They all, however, work together with common purpose – to support the library. The Friends support the library by fundraising for materials and programs and by raising awareness of library services. The purpose of friends’ fundraisers is not only to raise money for the library, but to create awareness and appreciation for the library within the community.
Our Friends have been busy this year with fundraising efforts and programming –including hosting book discussions and lectures, organizing a community-wide read, holding a luncheon to honor local heroes and organizing a bus trip to the John F. Kennedy Museum. They’ve just concluded one of the two used book sales they hold each year. This takes effort – sorting through hundreds of books, arranging the books, staffing the sale and cleaning up after the sale. It takes organization, hard work, dedication and commitment. With funds from our Friends, the library has been able to offer the community discounted museum and zoo passes and summer reading program materials for children.
Libraries need constant funding in order to offer up-to-date services, resources and technology. Our Friends help us to do that, but more importantly, they share with us the belief that the public library is a cornerstone of our free and democratic society and an anchor in our community. Our Friends know that a library is not just a place to check out books. It’s a place to acquire knowledge, a place for intellectual exploration and, most importantly, a place where people can come together to share ideas and common interests.
Membership costs very little and means so much. Join the Friends of the Raynham Public Library. Get involved with the events and programs they sponsor. Members and non-members are welcome at their monthly meetings. They meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the library’s Meeting Room.
To the more than 100 friends and families who are currently members of the Friends of the Raynham Public Library, we say, “Thanks for being our friend.”