The Friends of the County Library is a tax-exempt 501C(3) Public Corporation. It is one of over 3,000 Friends groups throughout the country. The County Library's Friends group was formed in April of 1997 "to create closer relations between the Shenandoah County Library System and the people it serves; to promote informed interest in its functions, resources, services, and needs; to raise funds for the support of certain library activities; and to support the development of a program for the extension and improvement of the library's services and resources."
The Friends is a membership organization with $5 annual dues. The members primary function has been to run the semi-annual and daily Book Sales at the County Library. They also help out in numerous other ways, particularly supporting activities associated with the Shenandoah Room. Individual interested in joining should contact Cathy Stuter at the County Library (984-8200) or simply fill out the membership form.
The Friends sell canvas library bags. Ask to see one at the Circulation Desk of the County Library!
The current officers are: Treasurer: Karen Staudinger; Secretary: Cathy Stuter
What's a Friend for? The "caring core" of our nation's libraries, Friends groups support libraries through a vast array of effective volunteer activities, from fund raising to community outreach. Friends are a necessary part of life, for institutions as well as people. Support and organization are an important part of any friendship. The basic assumption is that Friends of the Library can and should supply these necessities while they represent the library to the community. The potential effectiveness of a group of citizens, volunteering with no vested interest, cannot be overestimated. (Adopted from the Sourcebook published by the Friends of the Libraries, USA)
Friends provide SERVICES - volunteering time.
Friends provide a NETWORK - a resource for library programs.
Friends promote PUBLIC RELATIONS - Each Friend is a walking advocate for libraries.