Libraries not only transform communities – they are, in turn, transformed by them. This is certainly true as it applies to Friends of the Library groups.
Libraries may be the hub of their communities, but Friends of the Library groups supply the spokes that turn the wheel. Through fundraisers like book sales, they help support the library. But they also play a critical role when the library goes to the voters for needed funds.
Getting the message across to voters is critical when a library needs to go to referendum. But there is one catch. Unlike candidates for public office, a library cannot campaign. During the election, Friends of the Library groups go on the stump, spreading the message about the value of libraries to an often tough audience of taxpayers.
By Steve Zalusky