Friends of the EL Public Library Mission Statement:
To maintain an association of persons interested in the East Longmeadow Library; to focus public attention on the Library; to stimulate the use of the Library's resources and services; to receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the Library; to support and cooperate with the Library on developing library services and facilities for the community and to promote the purposes of librariesin general and the East Longmeadow Public Library in particular.
Next "Zoom" Meeting of the Board of Directors:
October 5th @ 7PM.
NEW LIBRARY CARPETS!!!
While the library has been closed to the public, the 16-year old carpets in the Circulation, Children's and Teen areas have been replaced with new carpet tiles thanks to the income generated from membership dues and proceeds from fundraisers. Thanks to one of the members of the library staff, we were able to obtain photos of those rugs. We'd love for you to take a "peek."
The Board appreciates the cooperation and outstanding work provided by Dimauro Carpet & Tile located on Shaker Road in East Longmeadow.
"Libraries are the gateways to knowledge"
History: The Friends of the East Longmeadow Public Library became a formal organized group in 1983 with the adoption of a set of by-laws and a board of directors. The board of directors submitted their Articles of Organization as well as new by-laws to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the spring of 1995. On June 28, 1995, the Friends of the East Longmeadow Public Library, Inc. became a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Purpose: The Friends believe the East Longmeadow Public Library is a vital literary, cultural and social center of our community. We help educate the public about library issues and promote good-will. Our organization is committed to financially supporting the library. All membership fees and profits from fundraisers provide the funding needed to help the East Longmeadow Public Library offer outstanding activities and programs to individuals of all ages.
Accomplishments: We are proud to bring you tried-and-true events and are open to learn and participate in any new endeavors. Thanks to membership dues, year-round fundraisers, donations, and the sale of Friends' merchandise, the Friends have been able to supplement the library's operating budget.
Qualifications for membership: Any patron of the East Longmeadow Public Library is eligible to become a Friend regardless of where you live. When you join, your membership dues helps to enrich and promote the library.
Time Restraints? Interested in helping the Library, but don't have the time to actively participate? We understand. What about becoming a supporting Friend? The Friends offers memberships to those who would like to financially support the library on an annual basis. We offer a variety of support levels.
Meetings: The Friends USUALLY meet in the library's Conference room from 7PM to 8PM on the first Monday of each month, from September thru June. Due to Covid-19 we are conducting meetings on "Zoom." Members are welcome to attend and share new ideas OR email us at email@example.com. We'd love to hear from you! We discuss proposals for new fundraisers and consider requests made by staff in an effort to help make our library one of the best in Western Massachusetts.
Fundraising activities contributed to the following:
Summer Reading Program
BookPage monthly magazine
Playaway Launchpads for the Children's Dept.
Nintendo Switch, Controllers, Video Games
Kindles and eBooks
Popcorn Machine for movie matinees
Physical enhancements such as Floor in the Community Room & New Rugs: Circulation, Children's & Teen Computers, tables and software for Teen Dept
If you have any questions or suggestions for the Friends, or would like to update your contact information or email address, please email the Friends:
To join/renew or donate
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Paving the path to literacy one brick at a time. Remember a loved one; honor a teacher; celebrate a special occasion like a graduation, birthday, anniversary, retirement; or promote your business. Set your name in stone for decades. When you purchase a personalized, engraved brick to be placed in the Literacy Path you are helping the Friends provide programming, events and materials benefiting the library and its patrons.