We noted in the last Folio that our membership structure would be changing. With the new year that changeover has happened and the new membership levels are in place. New membership levels are Bronze at $15, Silver at $25, Gold at $50, and Platinum at $100. Life memberships will continue to function the same and will remain a one time donation of $250. This should help to eliminate some confusion for new members as to what level of support is right for them and help the Friends of the Library continue to support the programs and services our public library provides as it continues to face increasing financial pressure.
You may now see the new levels on the membership form which is included in every Folio and you will also see them on the postcards we send reminding members when their memberships are due to be renewed.
It had been a number of years since the Friends of the Library had increased its membership fees. During this same time our libraries in Macon County have not seen a funding increase. It is especially important in light of that to do all we can to support this invaluable local resource.
Looking at our new levels and fees, our two most basic membership levels have only increased by five and ten dollars respectively. Those members who have renewed their memberships since the new year have overwhelmingly risen to the challenge and renewed at the new levels. We thank these members and hope that this trend continues throughout the year as all of our members renew.