OGDENSBURG -- The Ogdensburg Public Library will celebrate the “Friends of the Library” group Oct. 21 to Oct. 27 as part of National Friends of Libraries Week.
The Friends of Ogdensburg Public Library were established more than twenty-five years ago, became incorporated as a tax-exempt organization last year, and have raised over $110,000 for the library to date. Currently over 200 community members contribute annually to the Friends. About 35 of these contributors actively volunteer their time to assist the group with fundraising efforts that include the used book sales held every spring and fall. Their work and dedication benefit the library and the entire community.
“The library has always played such an important role in my life and in my family’s life,” said Friends president Maureen Kravec. “I truly enjoy being able to give something back – and being an active member of this group is fun!” Other officers of the organization are vice-president Ivy Roark, co-secretaries Barbara Agarwal and Hannah Merklinger, and treasurer Tom Lawrence.
“Our library would be much poorer without the Friends,” said library director Wayne Miller. “The funds they raise are a critical piece of the puzzle that is the library’s budget. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs for children, teens, adults and families they enjoy are supported by the Friends.”
As the Friends prepare for the fall book sale and silent auction November 1, 2, and 3, it once again demonstrates the vitality of this altruistic group.
Please contact the library at 393-4325 to learn more about the library and Friends activities and to find out how to join the Friends. Information is also posted on the library’s web site at ogdlib.org and all are invited to ‘friend’ the Friends on their Facebook page.