Friends of the Libraries appreciation event October 20 – 26
In celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week, October 20-26, Fort Bend County Libraries will recognize the hard work and enormous contributions of the Friends of the Libraries organizations with a special Salute to the Friends on Saturday, October 26, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the Missouri City Branch Library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway.
The event is being hosted by the Friends of the Missouri City Branch Library, who will provide refreshments and a guest speaker, Mary Lou Darst, who will talk about her memoir, War Ready: In My Father’s Shadow.
Darst’s childhood was full of adventure as she traveled the world with her military family after World War II. Her father’s assignments as a soldier in the U.S. Army took them to Alaska, Virginia, Japan, Texas, and Germany. In her memoir, War Ready: In My Father’s Shadow, Darst describes what it was like as a child living in Japan seven years after the war, as a 13-year-old living in Germany 12 years after the war, and the challenges of moving from one culture to another. Darst also includes entries from her father’s diary, in which he provides a glimpse into the life of a young soldier in southern England, Wales, and Scotland, from 1943 to 1945. Copies of Darst’s book will be available for sale and signing.
In Fort Bend County, each branch library in the county system has its own Friends group. The Friends of the Library groups are composed of individuals who donate their time and expertise to support, promote, and raise awareness of their library. They also provide needed funds for materials, equipment, programming, and beautification projects not funded by the library’s budget. They do this through advocacy and through fundraising (usually book sales). Many of the groups have ongoing book sales in the branch libraries as well as larger, quarterly book sales. Each Friends group works with the library’s staff to support their own branch, as well as the entire library system.
Funds raised by the Friends organizations through membership drives and book sales have been used to significantly enhance library programs and services. Over the years, the organizations have purchased computers for the libraries and provided funds for a number of other items, including reference sets, books, and e-books. They have also provided funds for both children’s and adult programming, including the Summer Reading Club.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Friends and/or joining them is encouraged to attend the event. For more information, or for membership details, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.
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