Who are the Friends of the Dover Free Library? They are anyone who lives in the greater Dover community, primary, second- home owners or renters who may already support the library by checking out books, CDs, or audio tapes. They are people like you who use the computers and other resources the library offers such as magazines and various newspapers.
If you have attended any of the library’s adult or children’s programs, you may have seen your friends or neighbors who are “friends of the library,” volunteering at these events.
Some of those programs include the garden lecture series, the annual dessert social and author speak, the annual book sale plus, and the holiday bazaar raffle and silent auction.
You may also have seen people you know, besides the librarians, volunteering at the library check-out desk, friends returning books to the shelves, repairing torn books, or covering new ones.
What you may not know is how the Friends of the Library group operates as a nonprofit organization. There is usually a public monthly morning meeting at the library, which is attended by a group of officers who were nominated and serve as the board, as well as anyone interested in exploring the possibility of volunteering time and talent to any of the programs the group makes decisions about trying. The board consists of a chairperson, a co-chairperson, a secretary, a treasurer, and directors who meet along with others to brainstorm ideas for library fundraisers, set a calendar of tasks and events, organize volunteers, and solicit other volunteers who would be interested in running the programs and activities like caring for the library gardens, for example.
If you are new to the area or not new but would like to meet like-minded people who support the Dover Free Library and its community-based activities and events, we’re inviting you to attend one of our meetings to see what we are all about.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 10th at 9:30 am in the Community Room. Come check us out and bring some of your friends with you.
For more information please call the library at (802) 348-7488 or visit the library’s Web site at www.doverfreelibrary1913.org to find out more about the variety of programs and activities the library has to offer.