The Friends would like to take this opportunity to stress to our community the need is even greater now than ever for new members to join the Friends of the Library organization. This organization was established over 9 years ago, and is nationally recognized. Currently, it is the same few people and several of the library staff members that are making these events and activities possible. Please take this opportunity to find your calling in volunteering for such an outstanding and worthy organization!
If you would like to help, participate, or donate to our cause for any event, fundraiser, or activity, please contact Linda Clemans @ 740.869.2216 or attend the next meeting! We would love your support!
CURRENT 2017 OFFICERS
PRESIDENT: Linda Clemans
V. PRESIDENT: Heidi Fletcher
SECRETARY: Casey O’Neill
TREASURER: Beverly Bobo
RUN BY THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY (FOL), A VARIETY OF SMALL ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FROM THE MINIATURE DISPLAY CASE. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT LIBRARY MATERIALS AND PROGRAMS.
*The next meeting is Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 PM in the library. Join us!
*We will be discussing details such as our summer bus trip to the ballgame, fall paint mixer, and continue discussion on our by-law updates.
Friends of the Library organizations are recognized nationally. The local group was established approximately 9 years ago. The function of the organization is to raise awareness of the library’s needs, and fundraising for such needs. This is a voluntary organization. New members are always needed, especially active members. Our group has given tens of thousands in donations to the library both monetary and in materials. Bring your friends and your ideas and join us for a worthy cause!
Meetings are generally held the 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 PM in the library, but there are exceptions based on a more convenient time to the group, weather, holidays, other activities, or time sensitive matters.
What’s New? We had a great turnout of support for our annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser in March! We have been holding this event as a main fundraiser for the library since our second year of inception. This was the third year we held it at The United Church. A special thank you to David and Judy Lucas, and Mary and Tim Alkire for their organization and running the kitchen, donations of items, and especially Judy’s many unique and handcrafted items she creates and donates to the silent auction! They make our roles so much easier! Our 6th Annual Victorian Tea was a huge success in February! So much fun was had by all those in attendance. In October we held our second Paint Mixer with a great turnout! Our fall was very productive!We . Our popular 8th Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser were held for the 2nd year in a row at the United Church March 11, from 4-7 PM.
Meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. We are seeking new members to attend and expand our committee meetings with fresh ideas for fundraising events. We have lots of fun while supporting the library! We purchase many necessary equipment, supplies, materials, and financially support events and programs. Come and share your talents. Make the library your favorite place to join your favorite friends! If you are unable to attend, but would otherwise like to serve on a committee, become a member of our organization, or join in the fundraising efforts, please up a form at the library on the community bulletin board, or call the President of the Friends of the Library, Linda Clemans @ 740-505-0887. We always need new friends! This is an opportunity to support your community and feel rewarded by doing so in watching our progress.
Last year we were able to bring our local Friends of the Library (FOL) group up to date with our counterparts, by observing National Friends of the Library Week. With more active members in the future, it is our hope to participate in such things that are relevant to our organization’s mission.
*Mt. Sterling Friends of the Library finally acquired what most all FOL groups have- a true Sales Display! In the fall of 2014, we purchased a case to display all our new items to sell. Among the items for sale are notecards with the library’s picture, book marks, mugs, book totes, and t-shirts. We are so excited to be able to provide these items to our community! All proceeds benefit library programs, materials and equipment.
*Also new for the first time, a new and used book sale was held at the library during National Friends of the Library Week in 2014. We hoped this was just the first of an annual event, but will tweak it to be one day of used books only. It was a lot of work for our small group. Your local Friends of the Library group will now be on par with all the other Friends of the Library groups by holding such an event for the public once we figure out a streamlined way to collect donations in the future. Currently we do not have the space to accommodate holding donations to even begin holding an annual used book sale. It is a traditional staple of Friends of the Library groups to hold book sales to help raise funds to support their local libraries. We hope you attend any future sales and find something to purchase to help us support the library. With new membership we could acquire this standard.
As pictured, the Friends of the Library offer shirts for sale to show your support of your library. If interested in purchasing, contact the library, or attend any of our meetings or events and notify a FOL member.
2017 Planned Events:
January – Annual planning
February 13 – 6th Annual Victorian Tea from 2-4 PM at the First United Methodist Church
March 14 – Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the United Church
June – FOL sponsoring PT Reptiles program & donating toy giveaways for Community Days
August 6 – Cincinnati Reds Bus Trip Fundraiser
September – Fall Paint Mixer
January – Paint Mixer fundraiser at the American Legion Hall
February 13 – 5th Annual Victorian Tea from 2-4 PM at the United Methodist Church
March 11 – Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at the Mt. Sterling United Methodist Church
June – Hold a duck pond booth at the annual Let Freedom Ring celebration
August 21 – Fundraiser trip to Cincinnati Reds ballgame on luxury liner bus
October 2 – Fall Paint Mixer at the American Legion Hall
December – Baked goods booth at Town Hall for Christmas in the Village
February 7 – 4th Annual Victorian Tea from 1-3 PM at the United Methodist Church
March 13 – Annual Spaghetti Dinner from 5-7 PM at the United Church. This was our first year holding at a different location, and it went very smoothly.
April 18 – Paint Mixer fundraiser at the American Legion Hall
April 24-April 30 – Paparrazi Jewelry online fundraiser sale
May 1- Deadline for Marjorie Hanson Memorial Book Scholarship applications
October 18 through 24 – National Friends of the Library Week
November 14 – Annual Holiday Fashion Show Luncheon at the First Church of the Nazarene. This year we plan to have a “family-style” fashion show. Featuring children, men, and women, we will showcase fashions from more than one place.
March 22 – 3rd Annual Victorian Tea from 1-3 PM at the United Methodist Church
April 25 – Annual Spaghetti Dinner from 5-7 PM at the First Church of the Nazarene
May 5 – Deadline for Marjorie Hanson Memorial Book Scholarship applications
October 19 through 25 – National Friends of the Library Week
Saturday, November 8 – Annual Holiday Fashion Show Luncheon at the First Church of the Nazarene
November – Annual Holiday Live-Wreath Workshop
2013 Previous Events:
February 17 – 2nd Annual Victorian Tea
March 15 – Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the Nazarene Church
August 10 – Annual Community Yard Sale and Library Centennial Celebration and Bookmobile launch
November 16 – 5th Annual Holiday Fashion Show Luncheon
December 14 – 2nd Annual Live Wreath Making Class…located at the United Methodist Church at 2:00 PM, cost is $25 each.