In the bustling world of libraries, a group of unsung heroes works tirelessly to ensure that our institutions remain vibrant hubs of learning, knowledge, and community engagement. The Friends of the Library are a dedicated group of volunteers who play a crucial role in supporting and promoting the vital work of libraries.
At Sonoma County Library, we have 10 Friends groups that we honor and celebrate during National Friends of the Library Week, October 15-21, 2023.
Friends of the Library are ardent supporters of libraries in their local communities. One of the primary functions of Friends of the Library is advocacy. They serve as vocal champions for libraries, advocating for increased funding, resources, and recognition. When libraries face budget cuts or other challenges, Friends are there, tirelessly working to ensure that the community’s library needs are met.
At their core, libraries exist to promote literacy and education, and Friends of the Library are instrumental in advancing this mission. They frequently raise funds, through book sales and other events, for programs that encourage reading, learning, and intellectual exploration, from children’s reading sessions to thought-provoking author talks.
In the digital age, the commitment of Friends of the Library remains unwavering. These unsung heroes continue to ensure that libraries remain essential cornerstones of our communities. Their dedication is a testament to the enduring value of libraries in an ever-evolving world, and Sonoma County Library is fortunate to have such a dedicated group of individuals as partners. Please help us celebrate our Friends of the Library volunteers, and to get involved, visit your nearest local branch.