Putnam County Public Library Celebrates National Friends of the Library Week

Putnam County, IN – October 16, 2020 – The Putnam County Public Library will be spending the week of October 18-24, 2020, celebrating the Friends of the Library group as part of the 14th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.


The Friends of the Putnam County Public Library were established in 1993 and have funded library programs and collections, sponsored the annual library Halloween party, run the Friends of the Library Bookstore, and so much more since their formation. Currently over 80 community members contribute annually to the Friends, and many of these contributors actively volunteer their time to assist the group with fundraising efforts that include maintaining and organizing the Friends of the Library Bookstore among other administrative and fundraising activities.


“It is especially in difficult times like these that we need to properly recognize our Friends of the Library ,” said Library Director Matt McClelland. “Their constant dedication, especially to raising funds for the children of Putnam County, is something that is worthy of recognition.”


Friends of the Library officers are President Gwen Morris, Vice President Judy King, and Treasurer Lisa Barker.


The Friends of the Library is a volunteer organization tasked with fundraising for the Putnam County Public Library. To join the Friends of the Library, contact lbarker@pcpl21.org. Friends’ memberships are $25 per year and grant access to the Friends of the Library’s annual meeting, in addition to other special events and activities. All Friends of the Library memberships go directly toward the library’s programming, services, and materials.


“We certainly regret as a library our inability to safely host our traditional programming at the moment,” said McClelland. “But through both their time and donations, it is our Friends group that leaves me hopeful that we will be able to get back to normal once that time comes.”


National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ala.org/united.

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