Friends of the Clinton-Quisenberry Library represents a dedicated service group supporting the library. The history of the Friends group reflects a forty-lus-year rich heritage of support from men and women who believed strongly in the importance of the library – the people’s university.
As they welcome 2019, members will continue to coordinate the book sales at the first of each month to raise funds for items not included in the library budget. Books for the sale come from donations from private libraries and from books “weeded” by staff from the library shelves in order to update the library inventory.
From the book sales to the December Christmas Tree Gala, the activities sponsored by Friends in cooperation with the library staff include programs for all ages. The popular Christmas Tree event which began in 2014 has attracted out of town visitors coming to the library to view over fifty beautiful and uniquely decorated trees representing businesses, clubs, schools, churches and organizations.
The past year saw the dedication of the Jean Matthews Memorial Garden as the contributions of a longtime Friends activist were recognized.
Seasonal events celebrate Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving, as well as the Summer Reading Program for boys and girls. Holidays are enhanced for young library visitors through special story hours with refreshments, Easter egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny and visits and photos with Santa in the appropriate seasons. Adult programs focus on presentations by authors, historians, musicians and presentations from every discipline and walk of life. Town meetings and forums for candidates have been sponsored by Friends.
Friends of the Library welcomes members throughout the year. Starting the new year by joining Friends gives citizens the opportunity to support the library through serving in any number of capacities, as an officer, on the board of directors, on a committee, or as a book sale worker. Joing Friends shows support for an important part of the community, the library and its dedicated staff.