Friends of the Library Groups

| February 1, 2015

Cinderella was performed at the Sugar Land branch by Houston Grand Opera’s “Opera to Go” program.

Cinderella was performed at the Sugar Land branch by Houston Grand Opera’s “Opera to Go” program.

The Volunteers Provide Vital Behind-The-Scenes Help

Although the enormous amount of work that they do to support the Fort Bend County library system may not always be visible at first glance, the members of the Friends of the Library organizations provide invaluable support and financial assistance to the libraries by holding membership drives and book sales throughout the year.

The Friends of the Library groups are composed of many individuals who donate their time and expertise to support, promote, raise awareness of their libraries, and augment the resources of their libraries. They do this through advocacy and through fundraising (usually book sales).

In Fort Bend County, every branch library in the county system has its own Friends group. Library patrons may be surprised to learn how many of the library’s services and programs they enjoy are made possible by the ongoing efforts of the Friends groups.

Money raised for the library system by the Friends of the Library organizations helps to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events that are enjoyed by children, adults, and families at the libraries throughout the year. They also provide needed funds for materials, equipment, and beautification projects not funded by the library’s budget.

Example of events made possible by the Friends groups are the children’s opera performances by Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go program. Children all across the county have been introduced to opera in a way that was fun and easy for them to appreciate when they listened, spellbound, to musical renditions of Strega Nona, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Daniel and the Dreamcatcher.

For information on how to become a Friend of the Library, ask for an application at any of the branch libraries. Information is also available on the Fort Bend County Libraries website, fortbend.lib.tx.us. You may also call the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734 for assistance.

The new book sale area at the George Memorial Library, provided by the Friends group.

The new book sale area at the George Memorial Library, provided by the Friends group.

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