Who Are Friends?
The Friends of the Boyle County Public Library began in 1979 when Anabel Girard, Corinne Rich and Dr. Frank Heck formed the group. Its purpose, according to the bylaws is “to foster interest and support for library policies, progress, services and need”.
The Friends of the Library is an auxiliary support group for the Boyle County Public Library. Friends sponsor monthly programs and film series during the academic year, which are open to the general public. They publish a newsletter ‘The Bookmark’, and raise money by the sale of note cards, book bags and Elmwood Inn ‘Cup of Serenity’ tea. Most of the Friends’ funding comes from donations, as well as from the smaller on-going and larger twice-yearly book sales. Many Friends make larger yearly donations as well as volunteer at library events.
Funds generated by Friends are used exclusively for the library for such things as support for special programs, the purchase of equipment and other items for use in the library. In 2015, the Friends supported the Summer Reading Program for children and youth in the Library; a community Summer Reading Outreach for at-risk children; and the purchase of equipment including a wireless microphone, an emergency repair kit and supplies, and a DVD cleaning machine.
The Friends of the Library were a major sponsor of The Big Read: Unpuzzling Poe, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Yearly, the Friends provide staff with a lunch during Library Week to show appreciation to the staff. In January 2015, Friends of the Boyle County Public Library received the Outstanding Friends Chapter Award at the Friends of Kentucky Libraries state conference.
An Executive Board consisting of a president, president-elect, treasurer and secretary is elected at the January Annual Meeting. The newsletter editor also sits on the Board. The group is governed under by-laws and has 501(c)(3) charitable tax status. The Library Director advises the Board on the needs of the Library.
Yearly membership dues start at $10 for individuals and $25 for families.