For the love of booksMany of you have heard about the Friends of the Library organization, but do you really know what it is?
By: By Rebecca Perdue, Friends of the Library, Alexandria Echo Press
Many of you have heard about the Friends of the Library organization, but do you really know what it is?
It's a group of people just like you who love the library and want to expand its services to our community.
Governed by a board of directors, the Friends group sponsors various activities throughout the year, such as Minnesota Crime Wave and Story Hour for the children.
Some of the Friends' fundraisers include the Used Book Sale and the Cookie Walk. Proceeds from these fundraisers are used to purchase items for the library and to further the library's influence in the community.
It's so easy to get involved – just become a member. Pick up a form at the library. There are several annual memberships available: individual for $10; family for $15; business for $30 and patron for $50.
One of my favorite activities is the annual Cookie Walk. It's always held on the first Saturday in December and you would not believe the number and variety of cookies that are available for purchase!
It's like walking into a candy store except this store is full of cookies – brightly decorated cookies that look like Santa and stars and wreaths and candy canes, ginger cookies, chocolate bon bons, krumkake, caramels, Russian tea cakes, truffles... Is your mouth watering yet?
There are literally thousands of home-made cookies donated by Friends to sell to members of the community.
Of course, as you know, the community responds in a big way – lining up at the library at 7 a.m. on the morning of the sale.
Local coffee shops provide coffee for these early-goers since the sale does not begin until 8 a.m. But don't worry – there are plenty of cookies available for those of you who want to sleep in.
In addition to selling cookies, we had a raffle this past year. The winner of the raffle, Barb Carstens, received a beautiful cookie jar donated by Carol Meyer from her collection.
A few years ago it was suggested that we compile the cookie recipes into a book – so we did. There are more than 40 of your favorite recipes in the Christmas Cookie Recipes book, complete with pictures of the cookies, and sometimes a picture of the baker.
It's so much fun to be able to bake your favorite Christmas cookies all year round. If you did not get to purchase a recipe book at the Cookie Walk, you may obtain one at the Used Book Store opening soon in the library.
Speaking of the Used Book Store...it's a new enterprise being brought to you by the Friends. Donations of books are accepted all year long and may be dropped off during regular library hours.
And, coming soon, you'll be able to purchase your favorite books from the store, which will be located right inside the library!
Watch for more news from the Friends about this exciting endeavor. It's just another way the Friends of the Library continues to support our library. Come join us – we can't wait to meet you!