Friends Of The Library

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Friends of the Putnam County Public Library

Mission Statement

The Friends' mission is to promote literacy in all its forms, to facilitate equitable access to information, and to encourage lifelong learning and a love for reading.

Purpose

The Friends of the Putnam County Public Library is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is governed by a Board of Directors with elected officers and sub-committees. Our purpose is, but not limited to:

  • Maintaining as association of persons interested in libraries
  • Focusing public attention on the Library
  • Stimulating the use of the Library’s resources and services
  • Encouraging and receiving gifts, endowments, and bequests to the Library
  • Supporting and cooperating with the Library in developing services and programs
  • Actively supporting the Library
  • Supporting and promoting the work of the Library with the assistance of the Library Board of Trustees and the Library Director

FOL Funds Support Library Programming

The Friends of the Putnam County Public Library are advocates and supporters of the Putnam County Public Library. Today, with costs rising and a tight budget, the Library needs the Friends' support more than ever. Friends make a real difference in the ability to offer programming at the Library. Here are some of the programs and events we fund:

  • Summer Reading Program
  • Halloween Party and Free Book
  • Imagination Library
  • Movie License
  • Storytime: Baby and Toddler Time Events
  • Culinary Programs: Cooking and Feasting Events
  • Brick Club
  • Digital Creativity Events
  • Speakers, Authors, Artists, Musicians, and others bringing their work and/or areas of interest to the Library
  • Workshops, Classes, and Live Performances
  • Promotional Items
  • Staff Development

Ways to Support the Library

You can support the Library by becoming a paid member of the Friends (envelopes at circulation or download the FOL Membership Form, joining the Friends Facebook page, buying or donating books at the FOL Book Sale (open when the Library is open), registering your Kroger Plus Card in the Kroger Community Rewards Program (non-profit organization number 81601), donating your time as a board member, or joining a committee (book sales or technology sales).  See more information about all the ways to help below.

Membership

Membership in the FOL is open to any person, corporation, or organization that shares in the vision of the FOL, upon payment of dues.

Why become a dues paying member?  All dues help the FOL fund the programming listed above. The FOL believes that these kinds of events/programs provide real cultural engagement for library patrons.

To become a member, download the FOL Membership Form, print, and mail it along with your check for your yearly dues.

Facebook

Join the Friends Facebook page or search for us at PCFOL. You can also join the Library’s Facebook page.

Book Sale Room

The Friends of the Library Book Sale, located on the lower level of the Library down the main stairs and to the right, is a great find for the book lover looking for an excellent shopping deal. All items for sale are donated by the public or are withdrawn from the Library circulation. Click here to learn how to donate. Special and better books are also available for sale in the main lobby.

Hours: Great news! The Book Sale is open whenever the Library is open. Also, for your convenience, hand baskets are available in the Book Sale area to help you shop with ease. Please bring all items to purchase to the circulation desk as you leave the Library.

Books Available: The FOL Book Sale Room features a collection of fiction and non-fiction books in both hard cover and paperback. Our non-fiction selections include: biographies, sports, history, religion and philosophy, business, self-help, art, literature, media, health, hobbies, humor, aging, and fitness. The fiction collection includes: romance, mystery, children’s, young adult, new arrivals, large text, and general fiction.

Books & Media Donations: Donations of Library materials depending on its need and priorities, the library may accept gifts of print and non-print materials. Gifts will be evaluated using the same criteria as purchased materials.  Special emphasis will be placed on items/materials with connections to local history and genealogy.

Patrons are advised to keep the following in mind when considering donating items to the Library.

  • Patrons are required to contact the library (phone, email, text, in person) in order to arrange a mutually-convenient time for drop off prior to bringing donation items in for review. The library cannot accept unsolicited materials from patrons.
  • Items for donation may not exceed 20 at a time unless prior arrangement has been made with the library Director. The library cannot accept large numbers of items such as boxes of books, encyclopedia sets and reference manual, or sets/series of fiction titles in masse.
  • Donations may be added to the collection, given to the Friends of the Library for their book sale, or discarded if the condition warrants.
  • The library cannot assign a monetary value to donations for the donor’s tax purposes.
  • The library is not able to accept books for recycling, encyclopedia sets, textbooks, or legal or medical books over 5 years old.

Kroger Community Rewards

The best part about looking at a Kroger receipt, other than fuel points, is seeing that it supports the Putnam County Public Library. What does the bottom of your Kroger receipt say?

If it says nothing, then you are leaving dollars behind that would help support Library programming. Kroger is willing to donate funds, but you need to register your Plus Card and choose the Putnam County Public Library (non-profit organization number 81601) under Community Rewards. See the instructions below.

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Registering your card costs you nothing and it will not interfere with your coupons or fuel points. Just do your normal shopping, use your Plus Card at check out, and Kroger sends us a quarterly check. It's as easy as 1-2-3!

Volunteer

How much do you love the Library?  Would you like to see outstanding programs for patrons of all ages and staff rise beyond expectations?  If so, the Friends Board is currently looking for new Board and Committee members to help us love the Library.   We work hard for the library, but also find time for fun.  We would love to include your talents on the Friends Board or Committee (book sales or technology sales).  No experience necessary, just a love of the Library.  Join us!  Contact us at fol@pcpl21.org.

Imagination Library

The Friends of the Putnam County Library (FOL), the Putnam County Library, and Dolly Parton have teamed up to bring the Imagination Library to Putnam County. The Imagination Library is a program started when “Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. .“ (Parton) The Library and FOL want to share in Dolly’s dream, by ensuring that every child in Putnam County up to age five will have books, his/her own personal books, regardless of the family’s income.

Dolly"The program works by mailing a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child under 5 … With the arrival of every child’s first book, the classic The Little Engine That Could ™, every child could now experience the joy of finding their very own book in their mail box. These moments continue each month until the child turns 5—and in their very last month in the program they receive Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.”(Parton)

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library website
The FOL and the Library will be teaming up with other Putnam County organizations, corporate and individual sponsors, and public agencies to fund and run the Imagination Library. When we dream, we dream BIG! Help us keep our Imagination Library dream alive by purchasing books at our Book Sale, attending our fundraising events, making a monetary donation, or sponsoring a child. Click here for more information on how to sponsor. We cannot do it alone, but together, we can reach for the stars.