KINGS BEACH, Calif. - This week (Oct. 21-27) is the sixth annual National Friends of the Library Week. The Friends of the Kings Beach Library are celebrating this with an October membership drive. According to Kay Fox, membership director, there are presently 115 members, some very active and some supporting the Friends by simply paying their dues. There is no obligation, but if you would like to volunteer there are lots of opportunities. It's a great way to meet other library and book-lovers like yourself.
The Friends have monthly meetings and sponsor an August pot-luck luncheon and a Christmas lunch at a local restaurant. Joining the Friends is an excellent way to get involved and serve the community. The Kings Beach Friends hold two annual book sales, volunteer in the library, host an ongoing silent auction of sometimes rare items at the Library, serve on the Friends board, participate in events and develop a relationship with the library staff. They learn about the library's resources and needs and help the staff understand the needs and interests of the community.
The money raised by the Friends goes directly to the library to fulfill multi-faceted needs such as: children's summer reading programs and prizes, weekly story-time crafts, the purchase of new books, granting librarian requests (the prize for a recent children's library card drive was a Kindle eReader! In September the library issued 66 new library cards to children). Friends support monthly computer classes and the adult literacy program.
Co- President Heidi Bushway-Verkler said, "The Friends of the Kings Beach Library are excited to share the expense of our library's upcoming soft remodel with Placer County. It's a very exciting way to put some of our hard-earned money to good use. The soft remodel will be a facelift of sorts which coincides with the 25th anniversary in this building. We plan to have open house to celebrate both events when the project is completed in the spring of 2013."
To join the Friends of the Kings Beach Library stop by the library at 301 Secline St. to pick up a simple form. Dues are as low as $7.50 for seniors and students, $15 for individuals, $25 for family and up to $1,000 for patron.
The library's new hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information call 530-546-2021. Also check out the PumpkinPalooza! ongoing through the month of October.