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Why are the Friends of the Macon County Public Library important?
Because full day, 6 day per week library service staffed by librarians is vital for creating young readers and helping students succeed in school.
Because well stocked libraries help stimulate the imagination of those who want to enhance their leisure time and satisfy the curiosity of lifelong learners.
Because our libraries are comfortable places to meet, learn, and connect to the online world.
Because the library operating budget doesn’t cover all the needs of the community.
We provide funds for the library to offer a wide variety of public programs. For children: Summer reading activities & reading clubs, preschool & toddler story times, year round programs on animals, crafts, music, nature, poetry, theatre, and writing. For adults & families: Family films, new releases, foreign films & classics, concerts, community jams, hobby and craft workshops, cultural heritage & diversity programs.
The Friends of the Library are issuing a challenge to help fund the replacement of the multimedia equipment in the Libraryʼs meeting room. This nearly-ten-year-old-equipment allows the library to do so many things that community members enjoy: showing movies, sharing slides from adventures all over the world, training on everything from invasive plant species to star gazing, presentations from authors, and lots more. The cost for the new technology and its installation is estimated at $27,000. This purchase just isnʼt possible with the libraryʼs current operating budget.
Towards this cost, Books on Tap raised over $3000 and the Town of Franklin awarded the library nearly $3000 through their Non-Proﬁt Funding Pool Grant.
The Friends' Challenge is this: For every dollar donated, the Friends will match that dollar, up to $5000. If youʼve ever attended events in the libraryʼs meeting room, you know how important the multimedia equipment is. Please help us meet this challenge – consider giving your contribution today.
Books On Tap Raises Over $3,000 For The Library!
A big THANK YOU to all …from the Friends of the Macon County Library for your support of the 2nd Annual Books on Tap fundraiser. Our board members, book store volunteers, and library staff worked very hard to make this a successful event. They were our ticket sales team, publicity staff, and, most of all, our catering experts who outdid themselves with the delicious food. Thanks to all who purchased tickets, gave donations, and participated in the 50/50 drawing (especially the winner of the 50/50 drawing, Elaine McCollum, who donated her winnings to the Friends of the Library). We raised $3,237 at the Books on Tap event.
Cheers to the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company for providing the great venue for our fundraiser. Mr. Lenny Jordan and the servers were wonderful. Everyone who attended had time to sit and relax with friends and neighbors, meet new friends, and enjoy outstanding food and drink. All while supporting the library, which is an important community asset that serves us all.
Bookstore Receives Large Donation of Books
The volunteers at the Bookstore have been busy bees. A very generous donation of 800 books from a private collection was given to the Bookstore. The books were packed up and brought in trucks to the Bookstore by volunteers. Volunteers have been diligently sorting, cleaning, pricing, and stocking the shelves.A hearty thank you for those who assisted!
The donation included complete collections of popular authors James Patterson, Robert Parker, Harlen Coben, and Jan Karon to name several of the many authors.
FOL Memberships Make Great Gifts
Membership in the Friends of the Macon County Public Library is a great gift for those who seem to have everything!
Through memberships the FOL can sponsor programs and events for children, adults and families; support the Reading Rover Bookmobile; raise money to purchase Library materials; work to increase the visibility and use of the Library as a vital part of the community, and help the Library keep its technology equipment up-to-date.
Keep your Library in mind for gift ideas by gifting a membership to the Friends of the Macon County Public Library. We have several membership levels as indicated on our membership form which you can access here.
FOL Memberships Structure Changing January 1
Starting January 1st of 2017 our membership structure will be changing. New membership levels will be Bronze at $15, Silver at $25, Gold at $50, and Platinum at $100. Life memberships will continue to function the same and will remain a one time donation of $250.
This should help to eliminate some confusion for new members as to what level of support is right for them and help the Friends of the Library continue to support the programs and services our public library provides as it continues to face increasing financial pressure.
If you would like to renew your membership at the current levels before the change happens we would welcome you to do so. You may do this by mail using the membership form always found on the back of the Folio or in person by stopping by the bookstore.
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