Below is a letter we received from the director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library:
We are very pleased to celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week, and to express heartfelt appreciation to our Friends. While we try to say thank you throughout the year, this is an excellent opportunity to formally thank you and your Friends group for your excellent support.
The money that you raise enables the library to go beyond the limits of our budget—providing the resources for additional programming, much needed equipment and material, support for children’s summer reading and special events throughout the year.
Your advocacy makes a big difference in assuring that the library has adequate resources. The fact that we are moving ahead on Phase I of the Library Bond Program is due in large part to the Friends support for the bond referendum. As you know, this measure will have a great impact on the future of the library system. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners’ continuing support for the library system is very much influenced by your work and advocacy for the Library.
Furthermore, the Friends’ gift of time and commitment to the library is an example of how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community. The work of the Friends highlights the fact that our library is the cornerstone of the community, providing opportunities for all to engage in the joy of life-long learning. We are very proud of our Friends and thankful for all that you do for the library. Please convey my sincere appreciation to all the members of your Friends organization. We value and appreciate your outstanding and important work.
John F. Szabo
Friends are the best kind of people, aren't they? If you're already one of us, give yourself a pat on the back, and if you're not a Friend yet, come join us!