FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
The Friends of the North Indian River County Library began as the Friends of the Sebastian Area County Library in April, 1983, nearly a year after the opening of the Library at Main Street and U.S. 1 in what is now the Chamber of Commerce building. Jo Miller was the first President whose vision for the Friends was that it would serve as an Advocacy group for the Library and would provide supplementary funds for programs, services and equipment. The name changed when the Library moved to the newly built 15,000 sq. ft. location on CR 512 in 1990. An expansion in 2002 added another 10,000 sq. ft. to the Library which had already become an important institution in the north county community.
The purpose of the Friends has changed very little over the years as reflected in the mission statement adopted in May, 2015: To partner with the North Indian River County Library to improve, enhance and expand the materials, services, and programs provided at the Library to members of our community.
The Friends provide additional programming by offering the popular Library Coffee House and film programs each year and by funding special programs for the Children’s Department throughout the year and particularly during the summer months.
Staff can request needed equipment not covered in the County budget, such as laptops, printers, new chairs and tables, or other items. Through the annual Magazine Sponsorship campaign the Friends find sponsors for most of the annual magazine subscriptions. When funds for books or audiovisual materials are low the Friends buy needed titles.
The Friends send out press releases and buy promotional supplies, such as book bags, pencils, magnets, post-it pads to raise awareness of the services provided to the community by the Library and the Friends.
Every Spring the library volunteers and staff are honored with luncheons provided by the Friends either at a local restaurant or catered in the Library. It is one way to thank them for their service throughout the previous year.
Major fundraisers for the Friends come from membership fees and donations, photocopier fees (the Friends own and maintain the black and white photocopier in the Library) and book sales (ongoing and annual)
Why become a member of the Friends? Your dues help the Friends continue to support the Library, and thus, to serve the community. If you become an active member you can help with fundraising, with serving at library programs, or as an officer or committee chairperson. A list of volunteer opportunities for 2017-2018 follows this letter. Most active members of the Friends are also active in other community organizations and thus serve as ambassadors by sharing information about the services provided by the Library and the Friends to those who might not be familiar with them.. Members receive the newsletters published in November and May, and those who provide email addresses receive periodical updates from the President
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