2016-04-07 / Neighbors

Even libraries can use friends

By Bob Cochran

It’s an exciting time here at Libby Library. It’s been nearly a year that the long awaited expansion became a reality and re-opened to the public. We have even more excitement in store for our patrons in coming weeks with the opening of the new Book Shed.

The opening of the Shed, located just off the library’s parking lot, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14. Once again, patrons will find gently used CDs, fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, children’s books and much more at bargain basement prices. Donations of these items will also be accepted. The Shed will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Shed will be staffed during these hours by members of Friends of Libby Library.

Libraries nationwide have been supported by groups similar to the Friends of Libby Library for nearly 200 years. Libby Library’s Friends group formed in 2005 and helps serve as a link between Libby Library and its community. In addition to operating the Shed, the Friends also participate in additional fundraising opportunities that include bake sales, gift wrapping at Christmas, Clynk beverage can returnables and a book store buy-back program. These efforts provide much needed support for many library activities that are not affordable otherwise, such as movie licensing, allowing the library to screen movies free to the public. Friends members also help the library with tasks and projects which, at this time, include digitizing archival materials for public access at the Maine State Library.

If you genuinely love Libby Library, and would like to join this group of very dedicated individuals, you can pick up a Friends of Libby Library brochure at the library. The brochure includes a membership form that you can complete and submit with your annual dues payment. These dues are very affordable, ranging from $5 senior membership for those aged 55 and older. There’s also the $10 base membership and the $25 sponsor membership for those who are able. There is also a membership available online at ooblibrary.org that you can print out and submit with your dues. Also, any additional amount you would like to donate is more than welcome.

Friends of Libby meet at 9:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the library’s Community Room October through June. The meetings move to the second Tuesday of the month during July and August.

The library has many fun and educational events in the works for spring and summer, and by joining Friends of the Libby Library, you can make a difference with your skills and talents.

While on the subject of events, we have an excellent one for those looking to bring some simplicity to their daily Lives. On Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m., simplicity coach and life organizer, Lisa Luken, will present a program called “Six Steps to SIMPLE.” During this presentation, she’ll share a series of simple steps that can help bring some simplicity to your home in our increasingly complex world.

Whether you want to join the Friends, attend an event or just take out a book or move, there’s never a shortage of reasons to stop by the Libby Library.

Bob Cochrane is a volunteer at Libby Library, Staples Street, in Old Orchard Beach.

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