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January 2020 Newsletter
We have a winner!
Congratulations to Paula Dugan, the lucky winner of the art print "Christmas at Nobska" by Doug Brega. The Friends wish to acknowledge Bruce Moore who provided the print which helped draw the interest of many and made this one-of-a-kind fundraiser a success. Congratulations to our winner and "thank you" to those who participated.
Our annual Chocolate Sampling took place on Saturday, February 8th from 1PM to 3PM in the Library's Community Room. This is a popular event and close to 100 people attended. To those chocolate
lovers who missed it this year, place it on your calendar for next year. You won't want to miss it. You can be assured that our bakers will provide you with a variety of goodies that will satisfy your cravings.
Monday, March 2, 2020
Libraries are the Gateway to Knowledge
Have you ever wondered who we are and
what we do?
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.
Membership: 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. Check our Membership page.
Meetings: The Friends meet in the library's Conference room from 7PM to 8PM on the first Monday of each month, from September thru June. Members are welcome to attend and share new ideas. 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
Brightboard electronic display
New floor in the Community Room
Computers, tables and software for Teen Dept.
5 Kindles and 60 Kindle eBooks
Popcorn machine for the movie matinees
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.
We hope you will join us...today!