Friends of the Grand County Library more than friends |

Friends of the Grand County Library more than friends

They are called Friends of the Grand County Library.But the more you find out about these dedicated library advocates you can see they are more than Friends.They’re more like family.For 22 years, the Friends’ accomplishments for Grand County’s libraries have gone above and beyond a love of libraries. They reflect a dedication to community development by nurturing strong libraries.Friends of the Grand County Library President Joyce Clair says the group exists to support the five library branches in a variety of ways. They volunteer. They contribute to cultural, educational and recreational activities. They also provide financial assistance. In 2007 alone, for instance, the Friends have distributed more than $30,000 to Grand County libraries for programs and materials.So, there it is. The Friends enjoy completing worthwhile countywide community service through their love of books and reading. That’s what inspires the Friends.I have always loved to read and have been a library user all my life so I love being part of a group that supports the library, Clair said. It is fun to meet other people in the county that share my love of books. I love helping with the book sales and the sorting involved all the books that need a home.I have seen what a difference our little contribution can do to enhance the programs and improve community involvement. We enjoy sharing our love of books and inspiring others to discover great reading – particularly youngsters, said Friends board member Martha Williams. It’s great to see our youth on a path to a reading life.One of the Friends cultural activities set to take place soon, which coincides with their annual meeting, provides an opportunity for community members to meet local authors who have published books nationally and regionally. The gathering takes place at 2 p.m. this Saturday in the Granby Library Community Room. Authors Joanne Sundell, Katie Gailey and Jodie Boxell will be featured. The public is invited.Another popular and enjoyable Friends’ event taking place soon is the Friends of the Library Fraser Valley Library Progressive Dinner, for which tickets go on sale at noon, Nov. 8 in the Fraser Valley Library Urban Community Meeting Room. This fundraiser, which takes place Dec. 5 with two driving routes and two walking routes in the Fraser Valley, has prompted rave reviews in the past and raised roughly $9,500 in recent years for the libraries. Progressive Dinner organizer Laurie Talbott of Winter Park said the event is very popular. It’s just a really great way to kick off the holiday season.There is a limit of four tickets per person for initial ticket sales made that day. Unlimited ticket sales begin Friday, Nov. 9 at the library. Tickets cost $50 each. Another Friends fundraiser coming up soon is the Hot Sulphur Springs Library’s popular pie-baking fundraiser that takes place 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Grand County Courthouse. Volunteers bake pies and donate them for the pie sales. Volunteer bakers are needed. The pies are sold at the courthouse. Each pie costs $10.In December the Friends are hosting the Granby Christmas Book Sale at the Granby Library Dec. 7 and 8. Activities like these are but a sampling of all that the Friends do for Grand County and its libraries. As Williams said, the group provides a core of folks who can be relied on for library advocacy as the county’s libraries evolve to major communication centers in the community.Friends of Grand County Library is a group that anyone can join. In fact, a membership to the nonprofit group not only helps fund the group’s activities. It’s also a symbolic gesture that shows its members care about Grand County’s libraries.Join, Clair said. Join us, become involved and meet others who love libraries.Your modest membership dues are a symbol that this community cares about education, communication and culture, Williams said. That’s a powerful statement to outsiders – from state institutions to large foundations, and yes, even local developers that there is broad backing by all in the community for excellence in local libraries. Libraries are the roads and superhighways of the future and particularly crucial to rural communities like ours.Its easy to join this team of library advocates. Memberships start at $15. Call Joyce Clair at 887-9097 or send her an e-mail at, or go to one of the Friends of Grand County Libraries. If you join youll find its more than being a friend.Its like being family.

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