The Library NEEDS Friends: Coffee and Info Night next week

by beth on October 10, 2018

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Above: National campaigns urge people to befriend their local Library this month. If you’re reading this post, chances are yours is the Southborough Library. Its “Friends” are urging you to learn more about how you can help. (image right cropped from photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

The flood this fall at the Southborough Library has a lot of people asking – how can we help? The answer is by becoming a Friend. 

The Friends of the Southborough Library needs more hands on deck to help the Library.

Friends of Library flyer

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We’re looking for people who can give a little bit of time to make a big difference to the community.

The Library requires more than tax dollars to offer all of the programs the community enjoys. (And with insurance unlikely to cover all the new furniture that will be needed – that’s not about to change this year!)

For over 45 years, the Friends have funded programs for all ages. We’ve also paid for museum passes (currently 19 venues*), bought furniture, and bridged other needs not covered by the Town budget.

Five years ago, the Friends announced that unless volunteers stepped up, the group would have to fold. I was one of the people who stepped forward – and became the President.

We worked hard to get the group’s legal status in order. That allowed us to up our game. Now, we’d like to offer even more. But over time, several active volunteers have had to drop out. We need fresh blood.

If the library is important to you or your family, please consider joining us.

You could help:

  • Select Museum passes for children and adults.
  • Determine programs and speakers/authors to fund for public enjoyment.
  • Create and execute fund raising programs
  • Research new ideas

We also need people willing to take on some administrative/to do list tasks between meetings and other small jobs. So, whether you’re interested in taking on a big role or a small one, there’s a place for you in the Friends.

If you’re interested in lending a hand or learning what’s involved, please drop by the Library during one of our info sessions next week.

Join us at the Library:

  • Tuesday, October 16 @ 11:00 am for an “Informational Coffee”
  • Wednesday, October 17 @ 7:30 pm for “Info Night” (over refreshments)

I hope we’ll see you there!

*Passes currently funded by the Friends: 

  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Davis Farmland
  • deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park
  • Discovery Museum
  • EcoTarium
  • Garden in the Woods
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Springfield Museums
    • The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss
    • George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
    • Springfield Science Museum
    • Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
    • Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Zoo New England
    • Franklin Park Zoo
    • Stone Zoo

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