The purpose of the Friends organization is to be of support to the Avoyelles Parish Library system and its patrons in several different ways. Friends produce and promote activities in and on behalf of the library, raise funds for special projects, and promote interest in and support of the library and its mission to the public. A full copy of the library's bylaws can be found here.
The schedule of dues is as follows and all dues are tax deductible. The level of membership as well as the level of participation in the Friends is voluntary. A membership form in Word format can be found here for your convenience.
Individual $10.00 Silver $100.00 Platinum $500.00
Family $15.00 Gold $200.00 Other $_____
The Friends meet once a month, usually at the library headquarters on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:00 AM and meetings last one hour. Attendance by all members is welcomed but is not mandatory.
The Friends are an active organization and have participated in many library and community activities. They sponsor an annual book sale in the spring which is the group's main fund raiser for the year. They have a booth at the annual Halloween on the Square. They provide assistance and refreshments at many of the library programs during the year such as the LEH programs and the Summer Reading Program for children throughout the parish. They also sponsor an art display quarterly in the library. In addition they have provided the library with shelving in the Moreauville Branch, a desk in the Cottonport and Simmesport branches, and other items throughout the parish.
For more information, contact one of the Friends members or pick up a membership form, or print out a membership form and send it in. You may also call 253-7559 to ask for further information about the Friends. We encourage everyone with an interest in the library to sign up for the Friends. At present the group is predominately based at the library's headquarters, but projects and services are provided throughout the parish for all branches. However, Friends would be pleased to have chapters started in the various branch locations throughout the Avoyelles Parish Library system. If anyone is interested in having a branch of the Friends located in an area, please let us know. There should be at least 10 members willing to be active in that location.
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