Friends groups at the Bucks County Free Library enthusiastically support their branches by hosting fundraisers and sponsoring special events for children and adults. In addition to book sales, Friends conduct recycling projects, collect supermarket receipts, and have rummage sales.
Friends donations help pay for library materials, story times and performers for children and families, and adult programs. Recent adult programs sponsored by Friends have included presentations on the history of cooking, spinning bowls meditation, historical impersonation of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt, and musical performances.
Contact the Friends in your community to find out what they're doing and how you can participate and help your library.
"The Friends of the Library Center, Doylestown is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and increasing an association of persons interested in libraries. The Friends' mission is to strengthen the library's resources and services to the members of the community served by the Library Center, Doylestown."
"We are a group of dedicated area residents, who believe that an excellent library is essential to the viability of our community. For this reason, we promote public awareness of the Levittown Library's resources and needs. In addition, we sponsor free cultural programs at the library, and conduct fund-raising events to help pay for them."
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Perkasie, PA 18944-1033
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Quakertown, PA 18951-1248
"Friends of the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support for the services and resources of the library. We believe an excellent library is a community asset that supports lifelong learning and provides access to free information to everyone."
"PCBL is an organization of advocates that speaks for libraries throughout Pennsylvania. Membership is open to anyone who wants to see strong and well-funded libraries, and the best possible library service for all of Pennsylvania's citizens. That includes librarians, trustees of libraries, government officials and friends of libraries, as well as the lay citizen-user of libraries. Members are kept up to date on legislative information and actions as they pertain to Pennsylvania libraries; have opportunities to attend library advocacy and library fundraising workshops; and receive information about events, programs, and issues of interest to library advocates."
"United for Libraries is a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses. No one has a stronger voice for libraries than those who use them, raise money for them, and govern them. By uniting these voices, library supporters everywhere will become a real force to be reckoned with at the local, state, and national levels."
Most Bucks County public libraries need adult and teen volunteers. Contact your local library for current opportunities.