Feb. 14 is a great day to express gratitude with flowers, sweet feelings with sweet hearts, kind words in enclosed cards and, for the libraries, appreciation for loving friends.
"Celebrating our library friends goes hand-in-hand with Valentine's Day because we want each of them to know how much we love them, and appreciate their hard work and caring hearts for the libraries," comments Terry Johns, Hotchkiss Library manager.
Each of the 28 days in February represents a way to love the libraries during Library Lovers Month. The call to action on day 14 is "Be a Friend." Library friends and staff countywide are hoping to raise awareness, and membership, this month in their groups.
Friends of the Delta Library aim to boost membership on Feb. 14 by handing out red carnations, cookies, and a complimentary book for new members that sign up at Delta Library on Valentine's Day.
"We are looking for new members, who enjoy the company of fellow 'book-a-holics,' to sort book donations, assist with book sales, support the summer reading program, and share ideas and suggestions for programs," says Sherry Hall, president of the Delta friends group. "Our dues are a mere $15 a year which gets you a free book the opportunity to have fun supporting the library."
Expanding membership is a common objective for all the friends groups. "We are always looking for new members and volunteers to help with book sales, bake sales, sorting and hauling books, our annual potluck event, new ideas, and maintaining the landscaping," says Judy Briscoe, president of the Paonia friends group.
The five libraries depend on their friends groups to organize, plan, and execute various important library functions and assist in spreading the word about library services to the larger community. Similarly, all five friends groups rely on new and renewing members from the community to accomplish their goals.
"As a Friend of the Cedaredge Library, members choose to be involved with activities as they please," says Pat Means, president of the Cedaredge friends group. "Our members participate in storytimes, walk the StoryWalk® on Surface Creek Trail, enjoy programs before meetings, attend travel presentations by other friends, and participate in book sales. Maybe the best reason to become a friend is that we have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people who share our appreciation for what libraries offer the communities in our district."
When asked what she would say to someone considering membership, Briscoe says, "The library is one of the hubs of our community. Show your support for your local library! Join the library community to help us continue to better serve you!" To learn more about the friends groups or to join your local group, call or stop by your library today!