The James V. Brown Library will spend the week of Oct. 20 through 26 recognizing its Friends of the Library group as part of the eighth annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.
The Friends of the James V. Brown Library were established in 1956 by Robert P. Henry, a trade union worker who wanted to raise funds to help renovate the library. Since that time, the Friends group has grown from several community members to more than 450 members.
During the past five years, the Friends financial support for library programs and facilities has totaled more than $180,000.
The 17-member board is led by four officers: Linda Schramm, president; Greg Thomas, vice president; Dave Wright, treasurer; and Mark Noe, secretary.
"The James V. Brown Library is an architectural jewel in the heart of our community that provides the latest in technology as well as traditional library services by helpful, knowledgeable staff," Schramm said. "The library is there for all of us - at no cost."
An annual contribution is required to become a Friend of the James V. Brown Library. More importantly, it helps support and sustain one of Lycoming County's cultural treasures - the James V. Brown Library. Family memberships are available.
A membership to the Friends helps the library serve more than 1,000 people daily with its collection of high-quality materials in various formats for all ages; reduce the rate of illiteracy in Lycoming County; support the needs of area students for career information; provide access to online information for people of all ages and incomes; and assist all residents of Lycoming County in meeting their lifelong learning goals.
Members receive a bi-monthly newsletter with upcoming events, early notice of special events, access to the Friends-only preview at book sales and specials at Friends Favorites Gently Used Books store, which is located on the third floor of the Welch Children's Wing.
Members of the Friends volunteer as book sorters, assist the library with mailings, volunteer at the Friends Favorites store and plan and organize the spring and fall book sales. The fall sale raised more than $6,000 for the Friends organization, which will be kept in the community to assist the library with special programming, services and building maintenance.
"The Friends of the James V. Brown Library are essential to the life of the library," said Barbara McGary, executive director of the library.
"They are a great group of people who care deeply about making a genuine impact in our community.
"If you want an opportunity to give back to your community, please consider becoming a member of the Friends," McGary said.
"That is why I am a member, and so are many of our library staff. The Friends not only raise much-needed funds for the library, but they are fun, inspirational and work well together to bring cultural programs to our community. The library is so grateful for the partnership that we have with the Friends. We would be less without them."
To learn become a member of the Friends, visit jvbrown.edu/blog /friends.html or see the circulation desk for a membership form.