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The Friends of the Macon County Public Library, FOL for short, is an organization founded to develop and maintain citizen interest and participation in the growth and development of the Macon County Public Library and to stimulate the use of the Library's resources and services.
Little Free Library Comes to Town Hall
Jim Hartje is a Friend of the Library extraordinaire! When Jim got word of the little free library project that is sweeping the nation, he decided to make a prototype of the Macon County Library, in box form, as an example of what might be constructed for the purpose of promoting literacy and community spirit. Within hours he had constructed his plan in cardboard and took it to the Librarian, who had dreams of Little Libraries, and to the Friends of the Library Board.
There was overwhelming support for the idea, and especially for Jim Hartje’s design. Immediately, the Board voted to fund and support a Little Free Library project. Other community members are becoming involved and the first of these (the one that Jim built) will be erected near Town Hall very soon. Watch for further news of Macon County’s Little Free Libraries!
What The Friends Do
Sponsor Programs & Events — We provide funds for the library to offer a wide variety of public programs. For children: Summer reading activities & reading clubs, preschool & toddler story times, year round programs on animals, crafts, music, nature, poetry, theatre, and writing. For adults & families: Family films, new releases, foreign films & classics, concerts, community jams, hobby and craft workshops, cultural heritage & diversity programs.
Support the Reading Rover Bookmobile — The Rover brings the library to over 300 children & caregivers in child care centers in Macon County, strengthens classroom literacy, and sponsors training workshops to improve parent/teacher education.
Purchase Library Materials — We raise money for the purchase of books, books on CD, DVDs and magazines. The bestseller rental program provides more copies of popular books, and Friends for Life & A Decade of Books programs buy new books in honor of life members.
Volunteer — There are opportunities at both our Used Book Store and the Macon County Public Library. During 2013, volunteers gave more than 5,700 hours of service at the Bookstore and more than 2,985 hours at the Library.
Strengthen the Community — We develop & maintain citizen interest and participation in the growth of the Library County Fair Booth, Town of Franklin’s Appalachian Trail Conservancy Community, Chamber of Commerce Membership, Red Cross Blood Drive.
Advocate for the Library — We work to increase the visibility and use of the library as a vital part of the community. We support Library Legislative Day to secure state funding for libraries; contact local elected officials to secure local funding; work with civic and community groups.
Connect to the Online World — We help the library keep its technology equipment up-to-date with matching funds for technology grants like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants.
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