2009-04-30 / About Town

Help Friends of the Library meet May goal

May is Membership Month at the Jamestown library. The Friends of the Library are celebrating the group's 40th birthday and have set a goal this year of doubling its membership base.

Forty years ago, in Mary McGaughan's Stern's Farm living room, the idea of a Friends of the Library group took shape with the goal of building a new library building. Since then, a new building was built in 1971 and an addition to more than double the size of the building occurred in 1993.

Through it all, the boards of the Friends of the Jamestown Library have worked tirelessly to fulfill their stated mission: "The Friends of the Library support quality library services in the community through fund raising, volunteerism and serving as advocates for the library's programs."

Current members will receive their membership renewal in the mail. Membership brochures will be distributed to every household in Jamestown via an insert in the Jamestown Press. Membership applications will be available in the library starting May 1. Membership is for a June 1 to May 30 fiscal year.

A new initiative is included in the Friends membership drive this year with the addition of an annual "Kids and Teens" special membership, available only in the library and in person. For $5, a child can have his own personal membership and receive a special gift for joining.

This year, the admission to the opening night paid preview of the book sale on July 9 will be $20. As always, admission is free for members of the Friends of the Library.

For more information, call the library at 423-7280.

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