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August 3, 2012

Library "Friends" hold annual review

WEATHERFORD — With about 100 "Friends," one group in Weatherford knows there are always more to be had — and at their big annual review meeting, the group discussed ways to engage the community, as well as reviewed their work over the past year.

Friends of the Weatherford Library met Thursday afternoon to review the last year and make plans for the future.

Outgoing President Dottie Young opened the membership meeting by thanking everyone for the volunteer help received during the annual Summer Activity Program, including Gail Greenfield for her willingness to pitch in in the clutch when it looked like a program might have to be cancelled. “Our volunteers worked in crowd control, reading and others this summer,” Young said.

Young said there about 100 friends presently but there is always room for more. Friends help the library system in a number of different ways, including working the front desk, shelving and others. People are asked to work something they feel comfortable with. “We have a need for people who can shelve books,” Young said. “We always need an extra set of hands here at the library.”

In doing the Year in Review, Young said the group started out with $73,759.18 in its coffers last August and then gave a month by month description of what club members were involved in. In September, work on the Weatherford College costume booth and the Community Holiday Celebration, with its theme of folklore.

Continuing with the folklore theme, the friends hosted a Folklore Festival on Nov. 10 dressing up in authentic frontier garb which the kids really enjoyed as part of a good turnout.

The annual book sale brought in more than $3,000 in January. Work on the annual Spring Luncheon continued into May when the sold out event took place. The board’s major fundraiser netted $12,279, allowing the friends to enter the new year with more than $88,000 in its budget.

Despite not meeting during the summer, several committees met informally. the Nominating Committee’s slate of new officers for the 2012-13 year are as follows:

President Linda Kline, First Vice President (Publicity) Mary Mayo, First Vice President (Membership) Gail Greenfield, Secretary Becky Tripp, Treasurer Lisbeth King and Dottie Young as Adviser.

The group meets the first Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. inside the library auditorium. For information on the Friends of the Weatherford Library and how to join, contact the library at 817-598-4150.

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