Friends of the Li­braries make dif­fer­ence

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

Oc­to­ber 21-28, 2018 is the 13th an­nual Na­tional Friends of Li­braries Week, and it’s the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for staff to thank the Friends for all they do to make a dif­fer­ence for us ev­ery sin­gle day.

The Friends of Yuma County Li­braries, Inc. sup­ports the Main, Her­itage, Somer­ton, San Luis, Roll, and Date­land li­braries. The Friends of the Foothills Li­brary pro­vides sup­port for our Foothills Li­brary, and the Friends of the Well­ton Li­brary pro­vides sup­port for our Well­ton Li­brary.

The Friends groups are non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions com­posed of vol­un­teers who con­trib­ute their time and ex­per­tise to sup­port li­brary ser­vices. They en­cour­age the use of li­braries, pro­mote lit­er­acy, and they serve as vo­cal li­brary ad­vo­cates. They also raise money that en­ables our li­braries to move from great to ex­tra­or­di­nary!

The work of the Friends high­lights the fact that our li­braries are the cor­ner­stone of our com­mu­ni­ties. Li­braries pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­one to en­gage in the joy of life­long learn­ing, and to con­nect with the thoughts and ideas of oth­ers from ages past to the present.

Join­ing the Friends of the Li­brary is a ter­rific way to make new friends, and give back to our com­mu­nity, by mak­ing our li­braries even bet­ter. The Friends set an ex­am­ple for all in how volunteerism leads to pos­i­tive civic en­gage­ment, and the bet­ter­ment of our com­mu­nity. It’s easy to join, stop by the Friend’s store, or email them at yu­mafriends@gmail.com.

We re­spect and ap­pre­ci­ate these re­mark­able vol­un­teers!

SU­SAN M. EVANS Di­rec­tor, Yuma County Li­brary Dis­trict

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