Consider becoming a ‘Friend’ of the library

Published 8:27 am Friday, April 8, 2016

Dear Editor:

During the problems of the recent floods, something of importance has probably been overlooked by a lot of people. This is currently the time of year to renew membership in the Washington Parish Friends of the Libraries. This may sound like a small thing until you learn what the Friends do to support the activities of the four branches of the Washington Parish library system.

This is the 10th anniversary of the local Friends organization, and each year the needs grow due to reduction of funds from national and state governments. Our group applies for any grant we can, but the majority of our funds come from contributions of our local organization.

You have heard about the computer support our libraries give to anyone who needs that source, and much more. But you may not know that we supply “little books” for toddlers and large numbers of activity kits for elementary-age school children. These items come to the children directly in the libraries, free of charge. A child can get their own library card at age 6 (with adult supervision).

The summer reading program is coming up and hundreds of children will enjoy activities and entertainment at the library.

Seventy years ago, a library was established in Washington Parish. The local Friends organization began in 2006.

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary, we have had a reprint of the wonderful book, Washington Parish Tales, written by a variety of local people. This will be available for sale very soon. If you join the Friends of the Washington Parish Libraries, and your application is received by April 15, you name will be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of this outstanding book. This is a $45 value.

If you received your membership notice in the mail, fill it out and send it on in. We need a lot of new members, too. If you need a form, they are available at all the libraries, or call the Bogalusa or Franklinton branch and one will be sent to you.

We hope you will seriously consider this appeal and “Be a Friend.”

Lydia Fendlason

Friends of Washington Parish Libraries