Farmington library friends group looking for members
The Friends of the Farmington Library has done most of its preliminary organization. It has elected officers and it has filed for 501c3 status as a nonprofit. Now, it just needs more friends.
The Friends group is being reorganized after lack of participation caused it to be dissolved several years ago. But with the Dakota County Library in Farmington being renovated, the Friends group is going through a little renovation of its own.
“The library is a place that connects all ages, from the very young to the 101 (year olds) out there,” said Friends of the Library president Jodi Beach. “We want to make our Friends group a vital, part of the library in Farmington.”
Beach got involved after seeing a previous article about the Friends of the Farmington Library group in this newspaper. She liked the idea of what the group could stand for and accomplish in the community, so she attended an informational meeting.
When she got to the meeting, Beach knew she had to become involved.
“I am a teacher and an educator. I have a love for the library. When I saw the article in the paper, it seemed like some place I was gravitating to. I started doing some research about what other Friends groups do, and I liked what I was seeing. The potential is such a wonderful way to reach out to the community,” she said.
The current group has 10 members, all of whom have come forward since the beginning of the year. They meet once a month, mostly to tackle some of the pre-planning stages of getting a new organization up and running.
Now the group is starting to think about its direction, Beach said. One of the biggest tasks many Friends groups take on is fundraising, and Farmington’s group will likely do the same. Beach figures they will do a book sale sometime after the library reopens, but they haven’t discussed any other fundraising plans.
With the money they raise, the Friends of the Library hopes to bring in speakers and host community events.
“All that community involvements is to bring people into downtown Farmington, and to get to the people who have different of interests,” Beach said.
Community involvement means the Friends of the Library needs some new members. Beach thinks some people have shied away from joining because they think membership will mean they have to go to a bunch of meetings or put in hours and hours of time.
Some may choose to do that, but there are different levels of membership open, Beach said, so residents can do as much, or as little, as they choose.
“Being a member means you support the library and you promote literacy,” she said. “We are really looking for anyone who wants to be part of the library and support the library in any way they can. We have different things to offer.”
A “Friend of the Library” membership is $10 for adults, $5 for students. The membership and dues structure increases from that, up to a “Stalwart Advocate” membership for $101 or more, or a business partner for $500 or more.
Friends of the Farmington Library is making a big push for members now, so the group is ready to move ahead with new projects and activities once the library reopens.