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Chandler Library is worth your friendship

October 6th, 2020 Chandler Arizona Staff
Chandler Library is worth your friendship
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By Miss Palrang
Guest Writer

What the heck is a “Friend of the Library?” I asked myself while attending my first board meeting for that “mysterious” group.  Perhaps it’s a question I should have asked myself before I volunteered my services.

With a pensive “yes I understand look,” I nodded in agreement to everything discussed at the first board meeting.

First stop on my investigation?  My friends.  They’re smart, they’ll know who Friends of the Library are, I thought to myself.       

My responses? “I don’t know, I’ve never heard that before.” They have a membership?  A card?  Is that a thing?” “ bookworm?  Is that right?  Is that what you’re wanting?” “A librarian?  Is this a riddle?” “Someone with a library card?” “Sounds elitist to me.”

OK, I overestimated my friends. I consulted the Chandler Public Library website.

According to the library’s website, the Friends of the Chandler Public Library is “a non-profit, all-volunteer organization of dedicated library advocates who cooperatively support and sponsor many of the Library’s programs, services, and events. City funds can only go so far.”

  It goes on to describe programs sponsored by these “dedicated library advocates.” The “maker community with STEAM programming,” the “Read to Succeed tutoring program” and the “Summer Reading Challenge” to name a few.

Considering the fact that I’m the newest member of the board, isn’t this something I need to understand?

Yes. And so do you. Because it’s really cool.

A Friend of the Library (FOL) simply stated is this, someone who donates money to the library. Any amount! That’s it.

And another thing to know is how the donated money is used. I was stunned when I found out.

I’ve lived in Chandler for over 20 years and had no idea about the amazing resources and opportunities the library offers. As one board members said, “It’s like a monolith castle with all these hidden rooms and no one knows where the key is.” 

Children, teens, adults…there are countless opportunities for everyone. You can look at interactive picture books, download current music, read popular magazines, check out physical and electronic books, research your ancestry, stream documentaries and classic films, take on-line courses, plan your next amazing vacation, and many other on-line opportunities.

There is also much more available inside the four Chandler branches, it is almost overwhelming.

  But the best part? Once you’ve signed up for a library card, everything is free. Just. Plain. Free.

As stated on the library’s website, “city funds can only go so far.”  Your donation fills the gaps and allows the library to offer these great programs and even explore new ones.

Your donation goes into a designated account that is overseen by the FOL Board. This board is composed of volunteers who convene monthly to learn about programs the library offers and to consider funding requests for support of these programs.

And donations are tax deductible. So, instead of shipping your hard-earned money off to the government at the end of the year, you can put it into your resources you and your fellow community members can enjoy.

If that sounds interesting, check out chandlerlibrary.org/friends.

And while you’re there, snoop around at some of the programs and resources the library offers. You’ll be amazed.  Rest assured, my less-than-knowledgeable friends will be encouraged to click this link very soon.

A little education never hurt anyone.   

Miss Palrang is a Chandler resident and business owner.

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