The University Place Pierce County Library is celebrating the Friends of the University Place Library, Sunday, Oct. 18–Saturday, Oct. 24. The Friends of the Library group has been supporting and advocating for the University Place Library since 1970.
Currently more than 75 people contribute annually to the Friends. About 20 of those contributors actively volunteer their time to assist the group with fundraising efforts that include both annual and ongoing used book sales. The profits from the book sales help pay for programs and furnishings in the library.
“We would like to encourage all members of the community to join the Friends and support their library,” said Barbara Pick, president of the Friends group. “I truly enjoy being able to give something back – and being an active member of this group is fun!”
Other officers of the organization include Cookie Whitling, Vice President; LaVonne Johnson, Secretary; and Paul Llewellyn, Treasurer. Judy Ball chairs the membership committee and Mary Hammond edits the newsletter, “Among Friends.”
“Our library would be much poorer without the Friends,” said Cindy Bonaro, managing librarian for UP Library. “The funds they raise definitely put the icing on the cake. I think most customers would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.”
Library staff will honor the group at the Friends’ annual meeting on Oct. 8. People may get more information about and join the Friends at the UP Library, 7315 27th St. W.
Friends groups support all 17 of the Pierce County Libraries.