The Friends of the Library monthly meetings for general membership will resume in February 2022 and a speaker list for 2022 will be published after the first of the new year.
For the next year, FOL meets every fourth Wednesday of the month from February to October, except in September when the meeting coincides with the literary festival On The Same Page.
The Friends of the Library, like so many organizations, have canceled their activities and regular monthly meetings because of the pandemic, but the board stayed in touch and eventually resumed its board meeting with the aim of reviewing future operations and ideas for an increase and Consider increasing membership, which is currently estimated at 200 contributing members.
FOL celebrated National Library Friends Week from October 17-23 to raise awareness and promote community membership.
United for Libraries, the national organization of Associations of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations, coordinated the 16th annual event, and the Ashe County Library honored FOL with a public exhibit.
In early 2021, FOL took over responsibility for Ashe County’s Twigs (Little Free Libraries). Twigs remains open to the public in eight locations including: Family Central, Fleetwood Post Office, Mabe’s Grocery, Riverview Community Center, Sheets Grocery, State Line Grocery – back in business soon – and Todd Mercantile.
The next FOL-sponsored blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, December 18, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the common room. For more information and to sign up, call Marcia at (336) 219-0128.
All Friends’ events are free and public, and light refreshments are served at the meetings. New members are welcome and membership is $ 10 per year per person and includes a 10 percent discount on books and other items donated for sale in the library’s Friends Corner. Business dues are $ 50 per company per year, and lifetime membership is $ 200 per person. Fundraising from friends serves to supplement the library program, events and other offers of the library.
Head to Friends Corner, near the registration desk on the first floor of the library, to shop for bargains and bargains on used books and handmade gift baskets for any occasion.