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That’s What ‘Friends’ are For

Doris Klein
Grand County Libraries

There is a saying: “Friends are like stars… you can’t always see them, but they are still there.” And so it is for The Friends of the Grand County Library (FOL), a non-profit organization which raises funds for special library programs, such as the summer reading program.

Less visible during the winter months, The Friends have been busy behind the scenes, planning and preparing for their high visibility season, which is about to begin.

Used book sales are ongoing at branch libraries throughout Grand County, but summer is when The Friends host large scale sales in connection with community events such as Art Affair and Kremmling Days.

Marla Gall, The Friends treasurer said, “Sales of used books account for approximately 45 percent of the money FOL raises each year. In 2009, the organization raised over $41,000 for the library district, $18,000 from book sales. All proceeds from our events are distributed to the libraries.”

Nancy Abbott, President of the FOL said, “In these times, the Grand County Libraries are especially important to our communities. Funds from FOL help fund programs for children and adults, bring in speakers and performers and buy additional library equipment.”

FOL board members and volunteers, in concert with library staff, have been soliciting, sorting and boxing donations of books in preparation for the 2010 summer sales.

Fiction and non-fiction, hard cover and paperback, the wide variety of used books means that there is something for every age and interest. History, western, cookbooks, mystery, spiritual/inspirational, self help/do it yourself, business/computer/technology, sports, romance, and children’s books are just some of the categories you will find. Books on tape, DVD’s, and other media are also for sale.

Don’t miss these opportunities to discover books for yourself, family, and friends. Books are a wonderful way to pursue your interests, develop new skills, enjoy leisure time and expand your knowledge of the world we live in. Gifts of books to children and grandchildren encourage them to read, learn and have fun with books.

And in these times of environmental awareness and economic belt tightening, recycling reading materials makes perfect sense. So as you tackle spring cleaning, think about donating books you no longer need or want, so others can use and enjoy them. Donations of books in good condition are welcomed at any of the branch libraries (no magazines or encyclopedias please). Donations to the Grand County Library are tax deductible, so remember to ask for a gift receipt for your tax records.

In addition to book sales, Friends of the Grand County Library host other fund raisers. Watch for notices of upcoming events in Skyline News and fliers at libraries and local businesses.

To paraphrase a Colorado author, Douglas Pagels, a friend is a great thing to have and a great thing to be. To learn more about The Friends of the Grand County Library, how to become a member and/or a volunteer, contact: Nancy Abbott at

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