What can you get for three cents a day? Actually less than three cents a day?
My answer is, of course, a membership in the Friends of the Huron Library and help the library thrive!
That's the task at hand because I have just been "elected "to be the president of the Friends of the Huron (Ohio) Public Library, and the yearly dues are ten dollars (or another way to say it, less than three cents a day). After several years of being a rank-and-file member, I was the only one willing to take on the position since the previous president, who has held the job for several years, feels that she no longer wishes to have the burden of running the organization (she is on several other boards). I can understand that, but I also feel that the organization needs to move on and make some real impact for the library.
With state budgetary cutbacks, it will become even more important to have more members. As it is, participation is already small (less than 1% of the population). One of my goals for the year is to increase membership; actually, to begin with, I want to double the membership. That doesn't seem too far-fetched, does it?
For those members willing to serve as volunteers, that would be wonderful and much appreciated. For those who have less time, it would be wonderful to have them step up and increase their giving. Perhaps I am being overly optimistic and ambitious that the Friends can (and will raise) an extra $ 2000 donation (above and beyond the annual book sale) to be given directly to the library for whatever might be needed. This is my other main goal as I start (I want to start small and gradually increase this, too). Again, it doesn't seem too outrageous, does it?
I have some ideas, but welcome any suggestions from those here who might have been involved in a similar organization.
On the other hand, if you aren't a member of your own local library Friends group, consider joining. They need your money as well as your books. How else do you think collections are grown!
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association