A previous project of the Castlegar Friends of the Library was an update to the children's area.

Friends of the Library seek donations for fundraiser

Castlegar Friends of the Library is raising funds to help the library.

Castlegar Friends of the Library is gearing up for a huge book sale to take place during Sunfest weekend. The twice yearly book sales are the largest fundraising activities of the Friends of the Library.

The Friends group gives people the opportunity to give back to the library in a meaningful way. They strive to help the library improve services and facilities, raise funds to supplement things that are not in the library’s budget, help with special projects and lend support however they can.

It is the Friends of the Library who host the art show openings, author visits, and other special events at the library. In the past they have supported the renovation of the children’s area and purchased iPads, computers and furniture. The next project they are planning is a renovation of the library’s basement.

The nonprofit organization is always looking for more members and volunteers. Library Director Heather Maisel explained that people can help in a number of ways. They can be a part of the Friend’s board, help volunteer or offer financial support through membership fees or donations. She also expressed the library’s thankfulness for the group, “We really appreciate all of the things the Friends have done for the library over the years. Our community has a great library, but the Friends make it even better.”

Current Friends of the Library Vice Chair Diane Marno decided to join the group when she moved to Castlegar as a way to meet new people and become a part of her new community. She is very involved in the book sales and is impressed with the community’s giving spirit. “The generosity of the public when they buy books is amazing. People are more than generous.”

Marno would love to see even more participation, “We are always looking for more people to join. We can access funding that the library itself can not. Every bit of it goes back to the library.”

Donations of new or excellent condition books, magazines and DVD’s for the book sale can be made at the library. The sale will take place June 5,6 and 8.