On Thursday, March 28, the Friends of the Shippensburg Public Library hosted an “Evening with the Friends” from 5-7 p.m. in the library's new community room.

The well-attended event provided the opportunity for the Friends to showcase their very active role in supporting the library.

“The purpose of this organization shall be to create an awareness of the library and its function, to promote knowledge of its services, facilities, and needs and to organize fundraising for the support of and service to the library,” the Friends’ mission statement reads.

Another purpose of last week’s event was to recruit new members. Neva Craig, Friends' president, shared there are currently 84 members and three corporate sponsors. Becoming a Friend allows for giving back to the community, making new friends and joining in social activities such as the weekly coffee hour, Scrabble and Christmas decorating. The Friends provide affordable books for purchase at the Book Nook, award grants, provide books for babies, and help with library programs.

They raise money through membership dues ($15 per year for a single member and $25 for a couple), Book Nook sales, Better World sales and various fundraisers such as chicken dinners, painting parties and the Corn Festival.

The Friends were happy with the turnout, and excited to have some possible new members. Interested persons can obtain membership forms by visiting the circulation desk during library hours.

Dannie Botlock, longtime Friend, shared that her love of books drew her to joining the Friends. She describes her experience as a Friend as being in a close-knit association, much like a family. She shared that all the food, flowers, and beverages were donated by the Friends and that every dollar that the Friends generate is donated to the library.

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