Happy National Friends of the Library Week!

My name is Eileen Droscha and I’m a member of the Friends of the Aurelius Library, a volunteer group that supports the local CADL branch in Aurelius Township.

I became involved with the Friends group many years ago while I was Head Librarian at Aurelius. The dedicated members did so much to enhance the programs and services we offered. They helped make the library a jewel in our small community.

For example, each year they held various fundraisers, then donated the money to the library for things like extra summer reading programs, incentives for summer reading, bulletin boards, flannel graph stories, and many other items. Friends members also helped by working at special library events, such as the annual summer reading party. They did community outreach, making sure everyone in Aurelius Township was aware of how much the library had to offer, and how important it was to renew the millage every four years.

Eileen Droscha helps staff the Friends’ information table at CADL Aurelius’ holiday open house.

After I retired I wanted to stay connected to the library, so I joined the Friends group myself. I’ve really enjoyed working with the other members—we all have the same goal of making our library better for everyone.

Every year, the American Library Association’s United for Libraries Division sponsors National Friends of the Library Week, calling attention to all the hard work Friends groups do behind the scenes. This year it falls on Oct. 21-27. Please consider joining the Friends at your local branch. All 13 CADL branches have a group and new members are always welcome. More information can be found at www.cadl.org/friends.

If you’re not able to join the group right now, you can still be a friend to the library in other ways. Get a library card, check out books and other items, and support book sales and other Friend-sponsored events (listed at www.cadl/org/events). You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and sign up to receive our monthly eNewsletter.

– Eileen Droscha, member of the Friends of the Aurelius Library

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