* a special addition to the footnote
| The virtual mailbag brought a query
from a library patron who wanted to know what being a
Friend of the Library meant.
Here's what the President of our organization wrote in reply:
It is a very good question, and of course
can be answered on many levels. I'll start with a
quote from our by-laws regarding the Friends
The purpose of this organization shall be:
Folks join the Friends to support the Friends and the Library, both monetarily and by volunteering, but also as that membership allows them to come to the "members only" opening evening of our semi-annual book sales to get a first look at all the sales have to offer. We have a cadre of about a hundred volunteers who work diligently to plan and organize, set up, run, and close down our semi-annual book sales, which are generating about $30K a year for the Library. There is a dedicated subset of these volunteers who are in our sorting room (right across from the Library's main entrance, stop by to say hello and talk with us some morning) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from before 9 until all the recent donations have been evaluated and sorted... this is an ongoing, demanding, sometimes frustrating and challenging job, that our volunteers love to do.
The results of our ongoing membership dues, hall sales, mini-sales, the semi-annual sales (and this year a presence at the Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair) allow us to provide the Library with extra funding to support programs, books, materials, and media that would not otherwise be available to the Library. These are very difficult financial times for libraries, as I am sure you can appreciate. The Friends also attend a Monroe County Friends group to share and learn of mutual library-related activities, and participate in various advocacies in support of libraries. The Friends have no operating budget beyond those monies spent in support of our sales activities, and those funds provided to the Library.
A good group, good times, all for a good
cause. Let me know if you have any questions. I
have one for you: Are you a Friend? If not,
hopefully you will consider becoming one.
President, Friends of the Pittsford Library