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Friends of the Friona Public Library membership drive

The Friona Friends of the Library promote the library and general literacy in the community and surrounding areas.

They help keep the Redeemer Literacy Center repaired and in working order. They partner with Region 16 Service Center to hold English classes and have recently added GED classes.

Accomplishments of local writers are celebrated with teas sponsored by the Friends. They assisted in the formation of Pens and Pages, an association of local writers. The Friends buy books for first graders at the Friona Primary School Book Fair, participate in Newspapers in Education, and support the summer reading program.

The Friends partner with the Pioneer Museum on research and displays, sponsors the Book Shoppe, and serves a Veteran’s Day breakfast each year to honor local veterans.

The Friends of the Friona Public Library raises money to accomplish these programs through fund raising projects such as the raffling of Literacy Baskets donated by local merchants and individuals. In 2013 the Friends will celebrate 50-years of library service to the patrons of the Friona Public Library. There will be special events throughout the year.

A critical piece of funding comes from membership dues. This year the 2012 membership drive starts November 1 and ends December 31. The Friends have about 400 members and rely on this funding to sponsor projects. New members are welcome and encouraged. A membership application form is on page 2 of this Star. Fill it out and return by mail or drop it by the library. Friends membership chairman Terri Ellis says, “Thank you for your support. We appreciate the generosity of all of our members.”