<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Sevier County Public Library Friends Group
   
Friends of the Library
 
Who are “Friends of the Library”?
 
Friends of the Library are community-based non-profit groups of citizens who promote, encourage and enhance the work of
their local libraries Their purpose is to encourage and assist in the establishment, maintenance and further development of a free
public library, branches thereof and to support education through the use of library facilities.
 
The main thrust of any Friends of the Library activity is to focus attention and promote awareness of the Library within the
community acting independently of library staff in the accomplishment of these goals.
 
They promote public use of the library's current services and facilities, while raising money and encouraging gift giving for the
library's continued improvement. The Friends sponsor programs and purchase equipment for the library that it could not
otherwise afford. They promote goodwill and support of the community, stimulate public awareness of Library needs and seek
out sources of cultural and educational programs for the Library. In their support of the local library, these groups may undertake
such activities as: providing program assistance for the local library (e.g., speakers demonstrations, performers, etc.) recruiting
volunteers and serving as volunteers raising funds from local sources to promote Library services.
 
The Friends are community members who believe that a good library is essential to the cultural and economic well-being of our
community. They focus public attention on the library services and activities, strengthen and expand library services, sponsor
Summer Reading program for kids, and supplements county funding, allowing for special services and materials that might not
otherwise be possible.
 
Why should you join the Friends?
 
Membership in the Friends of the Library is open to anyone, and contributions to the Friends are tax deductible. How else can
you expand your circle of Friends, enjoy the fellowship of others who share your interests, and support a valuable community
resource all at the same time?
 
If you are interested in becoming a friends member, please contact your local library
for more information.
 
You can also help the library without, joining the group, by volunteering your time for some of the library programs, story hours,
book sales, etc.
 
Becoming a “Friend of the Library” or just volunteering on a special project is not only self-rewarding but the library depends on
the community’s help also. 
 
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