Mayor Proclaims May 4th Pendleton Friends Of the Library Day
If you were not at the Pendleton City Council meeting on May 3rd, you missed an exciting tidbit! Mayor Phillip Houk, officially set aside May 4th as Pendleton Friends Of the Library Day. I may be biased, but Pendleton Friends Of the Library is definitely deserving of this honor.
With this proclamation, the City recognizes the outstanding work the Friends’ 350 members accomplish with their wide variety of fundraising efforts which contribute approximately $15,000 to the Library each year. The annual book sale requires many hours of work throughout the year sorting and preparing donations for the sale. The Adopt-A-Magazine program raises funds to offset the high cost of magazines which are made available to patrons to read in the Library as well as to check out to read at home. The Reading Is Fundamental program raises funds, purchases books, and distributes a free book of the child’s choosing to the public elementary schools in Pendleton. Those Little Re(a)d Bookshelves you see around town are stocked with books donated to the Friends. And that is the short list!
The great bookmarks we hand out all year are the result of a contest the Friends host each spring. Children from the elementary schools plus homeschoolers are encouraged to submit a design. Choosing winners is a very difficult task. Pendleton has so many artistic children!
Memorials and gifts add to the Library’s collections and provide funding for the wide variety of children’s and adult programs the Library offers, as well as purchasing physical items needed by the Library. The Friends frequently provide funding for author visits and program presenters’ lodging in Pendleton.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the Friends greatest gift to the Library. They are our community ambassadors, getting the word out about what the Library has to offer as well as bringing suggestions to the Library staff of the community’s desires and needs.
If you are a member of the Pendleton Friends Of the Library, please accept the City’s gratitude. This proclamation honors your efforts on behalf of the Library. As they say, one can never have too many friends. The Library’s “Friends” are phenomenal and richly deserve the honor bestowed upon them. Pendleton Friends Of the Library makes Pendleton a richer place in which to live, grow and recreate.
Thank you, Friends,
Pendleton Public Library
502 SW Dorion Ave.
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