Friends pro­vide new fur­ni­ture for KI Li­brary

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — The mem­bers and sup­port­ers of the Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary have given to the Friends through mem­ber­ship in the or­ga­ni­za­tion, at­tend­ing fundrais­ing events, buy­ing used books in the li­braries’ lob­bies and at the an­nual used book sale. These do­na­tions al­lowed the Friends to fully fund new fur­ni­ture for a pop­u­lar seat­ing area in the Kent Is­land li­brar y.

The seat­ing area, lo­cated among the li­brary’s pe­ri­od­i­cals and ad­ja­cent to its com­puter work­sta­tions, is highly traf­ficked by se­nior cit­i­zens and se­niors at nearby Kent Is­land High School, and had not been up­dated in sev­eral years. It is the hope of the friends that this im­prove­ment to the li­brar y will en­hance its po­si­tion as a true com­mu­nity hub for the peo­ple of Queen Anne’s County.

“While we are ap­pre­cia­tive that the county com­mis­sion­ers con­tinue to pro­vide us with the funds we need to op­er­ate the li­braries in our county, there are al­ways things that we’d like to have or do that just can’t fit in our an­nual bud­get. Re­plac­ing the worn-out fur­ni­ture in this area was one such item, and we are de­lighted that the Friends were able to make this do­na­tion,” said John Walden, li­brar y di­rec­tor.

“In re­cent years, the Friends have been proud to sup­port fund­ing for pro­grams, like the Satur­day Arts Pro­gram and the Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gram and for pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for staff. The do­na­tion of new fur­ni­ture rep­re­sents a new way that the Friends are sup­port­ing the mis­sion of the li­brary and — by ex­ten­sion — the com­mu­nity, and we’re ex­cited to grow in this di­rec­tion,” said Mary Jack­son, Friends of the Li­brary pres­i­dent.

The Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary is a vol­un­tary non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, with more than 70 mem­bers. Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the Friends and help­ing the group sup­port the li­brary is in­vited to join at the Friend’s up­com­ing an­nual meet­ing, which will be held at 7 p.m. Mon­day, March 6, at Kent Is­land li­brary.

The meet­ing will fea­ture an up­date on the Friends’ ac­tiv­i­ties for the past year, re­marks from John Walden and from li­brary board pres­i­dent Kris­ten Piro­nis, and a pre­sen­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion on the his­tory of Kent Is­land with lo­cal au­thor Brent Lewis.

In­for­ma­tion on Friends’ mem­ber­ship and the an­nual meet­ing is avail­able at Friend­sOfQACLi­brary.org.

Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary pro­vided this new fur­ni­ture for the sit­ting area near the mag­a­zines and com­put­ers at the Kent Is­land branch of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary.

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