" There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration."- Andrew Carnegie
Why Support Public Libraries?
The quality of life in our communities and our nation is improved by the public library, Public libraries are truly democratic. They serve every segment of the community-young and old, rich and poor, college graduates and high school dropouts. Public libraries in Connecticut are free: there are no admission requirements and no admission fees.
Libraries serve individuals, families and the business community. They foster both economic and personal development in the areas they serve. Libraries provide books, magazines , databases, audio and video materials, computer access-and trained librarians to facilitate their use.
Friends groups are critical to the success or public libraries. Friends support the library and expand its effectiveness in the community. And in the process, Friends provide an opportunity for individuals to make a contribution to their community.
-Friends provide financial support by generating revenue to supplement the library budget through membership dues and fundraising activities.
-Friends provide grassroots support the library in the community.
-Friends are good-will ambassadors, spreading the word in the community. They stimulate greater awareness of the wide array of library programs and services.
-Friends advocate for the library in the community by speaking out on local, state, and national issues that affect libraries. Members speak to civic groups in the community, attend meetings, and contact government officials on behalf of their library.
-Friends sponsor library programs-talks by authors, books discussion groups, art shows, musical events, and other activities of cultural interest to the community.
-Friends provide volunteer help in the library when and where it is needed.
Library Useful Links
Here is where people, www.cslib.org/focl
One frequently finds, www.folusa.org
Lower their voices
And raise their minds.
-Light Armour.McGraw-Hill 1954
Handbook for Connecticut Library Friends/pg5&6