In 2011, the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries provided approximately $38,000 to support the Library.
So far this year, the Friends have treated residents to a winter music series at Old Worthington Library and outdoor concert series at Northwest Library. The group also sponsored the annual community breakfast and will fully fund the library's Summer Reading League for children and teens.
As a membership organization, a significant portion of the Friends' annual income comes from dues, but the majority comes from book sales that are scheduled every other month. Sales remaining yet this year are planned July 20-21, September 28-30 and November 16-18.
Not all Library activities and services are covered by public funding. That's why Friends book sales are so important. Every penny made will go back into keeping Worthington Libraries one of the best systems in the state.
The Friends Board of Directors has worked hard to make certain the organization is in a position to answer the library's call to fund any needed project. In April, the Board voted to match community contributions for the construction of homework help centers at Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library (currently Worthington Park Library is the only location with a center).
This month's book sale, which will be held in the Old Worthington Library meeting room, runs Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 from 9am-6pm. Most items will be $1 each; children's books will be sold for .25. Genres include classics, cookbooks, home and garden, hardback and paperback fiction, travel, biographies and more.
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