MOUNT KISCO, NY-- Sunday marked the beginning of the sixth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, providing Friends groups a forum to promote their community outreach programs and raise awareness from Oct. 16 to 22.
The celebrations also allow library staff and Board of Trustee members to recognize Friends groups and support local libraries. [Friends of the Library] is a two-fold mission, said Beth Vetare-Civitello, Mount Kisco Friends of the Library president. The first fold being to support and enhance cultural programs and activities at the library. The second fold being to supplement the gaps in the library's budget so they are able to put on these great cultural programs.
In the past, The Mount Kisco Friends of the Library has been able to provide the library with curtains for the community room, said Vetare-Civitello. Now we're looking into getting benches for the patio located upstairs.
"I'm convinced that the libraries are so much richer for the enthusiasm and expertise that the Friends bring to the Library," Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Family (ALTAFF) Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed said in a statement. "I hope that libraries across the country will use this week to honor their best supporters the Friends of their Library and use this opportunity to promote and expand their membership in this valuable organization."
Friends groups, library trustees, and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Materials available on the ALTAFF website include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera-ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations, and more.
We're always looking for people to get involved. The more people we have involved, the more the community is aware of our efforts, said Vetare-Civitello. We need people to offer program ideas, to provide a program at the library, or help up in our fundraising efforts.
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