Friends of the Library need you

This week's library column shows the value of the Friends of the Library, which is looking for your help.

The Ponoka Friends of the Library Society is gearing up for their annual general meeting. At that meeting, they will get together to discuss how they can help support Ponoka Jubilee Library, and appoint members for their board. Current Friends chair Christine MacNeill says ‘We’re always looking for new people to join the Friends. People with new ideas and perspectives, that’ll help grow the library, and expand our fundraising efforts’.

The Ponoka Friends of the Library Society serves a multitude of purposes; they recognize that the library is a vital community destination, they build goodwill and mutually beneficial relationships between the public and Ponoka Jubilee Library, they encourage the use of the library’s resources and services, and they encourage monetary donations either through gifts to the library or fundraising. To that end, the Friends were very successful last year in helping to bring awareness of the library to the community by setting up a refreshment stand during the Stampede Parade, as well as running a community clothing drive, the proceeds of which went back to the library. They also initiated a beautiful art silent auction, developed a relationship with a local community-shared agricultural garden, and created a GoFundMe page for the library. While none of these ideas and events took too much time to plan and execute, the benefit from them has been greatly felt at the library, as people who had never been involved here before are now taking part. So, if you feel like you could be a Friend of the Library, have time to attend three or four meetings per year and have some great ideas that could benefit the library, please come join us at the Friends AGM, April 28 at 7 p.m.; refreshments will be provided, you only have to bring yourself and your good ideas. If you can’t make the meeting that evening, please feel free to contact the library, and we will put you in touch with the Friends.

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow evening, Thursday, April 7, from 6:30-8 p.m. we will be co-hosting a ‘Technology Petting Zoo’. We will have a multitude of eReaders and tablets on hand to experiment with, and staff from the library, as well as Ponoka Adult Learning will be available to answer your questions. This is a drop-in, hands-on activity, so come by any time, and stay as long as you’d like.

As much as we’d like to be able to fit everything that’s going on at the library into one article, we are limited on space, so to stay up to date on our events, contests, musings, and Charlie pictures, be sure to like and follow our Facebook page. Or if you’re not a Facebook user, stop by the library to pick up a printed copy of our monthly calendar, and check out our information posters.

Coming soon: From award-winning author Joe Hill (son of Stephen King) comes ‘The Fireman’, about a world facing an epidemic of spontaneous combustion.