At Your Library: Become a friend of the library

Participants in the 2019 Summer Reading Program have the chance to purchase livestock for families in countries such as the Philippines. Reading groups meet at the Cordova Public Library, seen here on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
A selection of books at the Cordova Public Library. (July 14, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

The Cordova Public Library is looking for just a few good friends. Are you looking for a way to give back to your community in the coming year? Ready to make a New Year’s Resolution? Consider joining the Cordova Public Library Friends group.

Friends of Libraries have been around for a long time. The first group that called itself “Friends of the Library” (or FOL) was created in 1922 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Another group was created the same year in Syracuse, New York.  That first FOL group in Illinois raised $365 through membership fees in its very first year.

FOL groups are dedicated volunteers who advocate for libraries, raise much needed fund, sponsor programs and special events and host the ever-popular used book sales! Most often the Friends are an established non-profit as is Cordova’s FOL which allows them to support the library in financial, political and cultural ways.

Cordova’s FOL sponsors the annual Trick or Treat for Books program, book sales and most recently the “Music in the Stacks” evening with local musical performers serenading library patrons. This past summer the Friends Group also provided strong support for the Summer Reading program where avid children read books to earn funding for the purchase of animals in the following places:

  • Philippines – ducks
  • Mexico – chickens
  • Bolivia – bees
  • Cambodia – chickens
  • China – geese
  • Malawi – chickens
  • Bangladesh – ducks
  • India – goat

Consider joining the Cordova Public Library Friends of the Library group. There aren’t many meetings, but enthusiasm and creativity and a dedication to your local library are the only real criteria. Ask your friendly staff at the library about how to become involved and help the library shine!

Keep reading Cordova!