Wake Forest Library support organization needs board officers
by Carrie C. Causey
WAKE FOREST — Budgets for Wake County libraries have been increasing, but the local branch still needs the extra support every now and again for programs and materials. That’s where the Friends come in.
The Friends of the Wake Forest Library seek new members to their organization, a nonprofit unaffiliated with the Wake County Library system that supports the local branch.
The board is comprised of volunteers, including five officers and four members at-large.
“Starting July 30, several of the spots open up,” said President Kathleen Ross.
The board has openings for vice president of programming, vice president of membership, secretary and one member at-large. They hope to have a variety of board members to reflect everyone who benefits from the library and its programming.
“We’d love to see a young parent on the board,” Ross said. “We know young parents and children are a large part of the patronage at the branch and it would be great to have a board representative.”
Commitments are not big the majority of the time, but board members are expected to be willing to work and help. They meet every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. A lot of communication also takes place through e-mail.
“There are times when there is a flurry of activity. It’s not big, but it’s very important,” Ross said.
Most recently, the Friends of the Wake Forest Library organized a reopening celebration after the building went through some renovations. They have also organized other programs, such as Love Your Library.
The Friends of the Wake Forest Library have also provided tables, chairs, a rug for the children’s area, study tables, work stations, posters, storage cubes, and iPod, iPad, T-shirts for teen volunteers and coffee for book clubs.
In the future they hope to add new artwork and support the addition of new adult programming.
“We are going to identify some needs going forward,” Ross added. “Wake County has more money in the budget, but the library budget is still trimmed back. We still step in to do a lot.”
In order to fund everything, the group relies on memberships, donations and their annual book sale, scheduled this year for Sept. 21. Memberships are only $5 for an individual or $15 for families.
The Friends of the Wake Forest Library is the last surviving Friends group in Wake County thanks to the continued support of the community. It was established in 1995, when the town’s library was incorporated into the Wake County system. Until 2006, the group was in charge of purchasing books, but now the focus is on programming and helping maintain the facility.
“Wake Forest is a town with a lot of pride in traditions and that’s got a lot to do with it,” Ross said of their continued success. “The Friends are an important tradition to do for the library and continue to do a lot.
“Looking at the list of things we do for the library, we have done a lot and hope to continue to do a lot for the library going forward,” she said.
The Friends of the Wake Forest Library will install new officers and begin planning for the new year during its meeting July 17 at 7 p.m. at the Northern Wake Regional Center. The guest speaker is Wake County Public Libraries Director Michael Wasilick.
For more information about the Friends or to express interest in being a board member, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.