Thank you, Friends of Library Access, Inc.!
Where would we be without our Friends? They do so much to support the Braille and Talking Books Library, our volunteers and our patrons. They also underwrite and participate actively in advocacy and outreach activities which publicize the Library's services and educate the public about disability-related issues.
So what, exactly, do the Friends do for the Library? Here are a few examples:
- Host a gala Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held every April to recognize the approximately one hundred people who help the Library serve our patrons, providing door prizes, special achievement awards, etc.
- Help finance various holiday lunches and potlucks held throughout the year to thank volunteers and staff; local Board members often attend
- Purchase supplies for the beverage station provided for Library volunteers and staff which keeps everyone happily fueled with fresh-brewed coffee, teas, cider, hot chocolate and other hot drinks
- Cover fees and other expenses involved in attending outreach events as exhibitors. These include health fairs, disability resource events, etc.
- Underwrite the cost of membership in organizations strategic to outreach
- Finance the purchase of promotional items to hand out at outreach activities
- Participate directly in outreach events, including organizing activities, staffing exhibitor tables, and participating in panel discussions
- Network, with local, regional, state, and national contacts; promote awareness of the Library's services at conventions and other gatherings
- Facilitate the purchase of blank cartridges for recording books, magazines, and for downloading digital books for Library patrons
- Procure magazine subscriptions and books for recording
- Purchase license plates promoting accessible media
- Purchase an icemaker for the use of volunteers and staff
- Purchase of a Keurig 150 coffeemaker for the beverage station
- Various additional support as needed to assist with specific volunteer work
Not to mention all the moral support and friendship. For all this, on behalf of the Library, many, many thanks, Friends!
- Kathy Searle Acevedo,
Braille and Talking Books Library,
Daytona Beach, June 2018