Friends is voluntary, non-profit incorporated association whose mission is to support the Livingston Public Library and all it represents in our community. The goals of Friends are:
1. To encourage fuller use of the Library
2. To stimulate gifts for the Library
3. To support programs to provide wholesome activities for children, young people and adults
4. To cooperate with the Library Trustees and the Director of the Library indeveloping library services and facilities for the people of Livingston.
How We Support the Library
Through our membership drive and special events Friends reach approximately 500 households and typically raises about $20 thousand a year. With these funds we:
- Have been a $100,000 contributor to the Library Capital Campaign, making us one of the largest contributors. With this commitment, we helped equip and furnish the Friends of the Library Children’s Room.
- Fund the subscription to the monthly book review publication BookPage. This publication is available in the Library Lobby while supplies last.
- Sponsor The Friends’ Summer Reading Program for Children and Teens—with over 700 registrants last year, this innovative Program uses board games and prizes to promote book discussions and encourage youngsters to keep up their reading during the summer. As Youth Services Librarian Linda Simpfendorfer says, “It is remarkable to see the growth of the children’s reading skills over the course of the summer program.”
- Bring you The Friends Guest/Writers Speakers Series—weekend and weeknight programs of noted authors and lecturers on topics geared to both youth and adults.
- Hosted the Elliot Engel Lecture Honoring Barbara Jean Sikora on the occasion of her retirement
Friends uses “fun-raising” social events to help raise funds:
- BookFEST!—held in the fall
- Wine Tasting and Raffle/Auction—held in the spring
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