Monday, 18 July 2011

Become a Friend

Are you a Friend of the Library? Friends groups across the country play an important role in promoting and supporting libraries through many different avenues. “Friends of Libraries are volunteers acting collectively and independently to preserve, promote and strengthen library services in harmony with library management and policies.” (Friends of Canadian Libraries website www.accessola.com) The Muskoka Lakes Public Library is fortunate to have its own Friends group doing just that—strengthening the library service in our township.

Recent projects have included special book sales and organizing and funding of Native craft workshops (two more this summer!…check it out on the website www.muskoka.com/library or within the library in Port Carling for details). The beautiful garden barrels, canoe, and back garden have been funded, planted, and tended by Friends of the Muskoka Lakes Public Library. Inside the library has had the benefit of The Friends of the Library too. They have organized, and currently have on display, an art exhibit by the Brown Baggers. When the circulation desk needed an overhaul the Friends of the Library came to the rescue with funds for the project. Asked to help with the celebration activities for the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Norma and Miller Alloway Muskoka Lakes Library in Port Carling this year, the group collectively came up with some very imaginative and exciting events including two all-ages competitions, a silent auction, Native singing and drumming, and refreshments for the special tenth anniversary day on August 18, 2011… all this from a small core group of volunteers!

Consider supporting the library by supporting the Friends, a charitable organization that works hard to support the library to make it a better place for everyone. People interested in becoming a Friend of the Township of Muskoka Lakes Public Library can do so by printing off the membership form found on the library website and emailing to FriendsMLPLibrary@gmail.com or by returning the form to the Norma and Miller Alloway Library 69 Joseph Street Port Carling, Ontario. New members are always welcome ~ There is no membership fee to become a Friend but donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated. Receipts for income tax purposes will be issued on request.

Friday July 15, 1:00-4:00 8-108 yrs Painting Classes with Nancy Hunter $35 Pre-register at the library.

Saturday July 16, 10:00-12:00 adult Native drum-making workshop. Sponsored by Friends of Muskoka Lakes Public Library. Facilitated by storyteller Priscilla Yellowhead Tobey of Saugeen Territory. $130 Pre-register at the library

Wednesday July 20, 10:45-11:30 3-7 yrs Muskoka Reads! Story time Mayor Alice Murphy will read a story and talk about what it’s like to be a mayor.

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