The Friends of the Astor County Library are a very active group dedicated to fundraising efforts and promoting the library in the community. They recently held their semi-annual Book/Bake/Plant/Yard Sale which brought in over $800. They also have an ongoing sale at the library with books that are shelved in an area of the library's meeting room. Donations are always welcomed.
In addition to book sales, these hard-working ladies solicit gift certificates from restaurants in Astor, Deland, and Umatilla for their Sign-and-Dine silent auctions. This project not only benefits the library but is also an excellent advertising tool for the participating restaurants.
Another big money-maker for the Friends are the baskets that they fill with items specific to a theme [for example--the Chocolate Basket that was featured prior to Valentine's Day]. The baskets are displayed at the library for several weeks, and raffle tickets are available for purchase up until the drawing deadline. They are currently gathering items for an Ice Cream Basket.
The monies collected by the Friends are used to supplement the library's budget. A standing order plan for large print books was funded by the Friends this fiscal year, and the library has been able to buy DVDs with Friends money. In addition, refreshments and prizes for adult and children's programs, such as the Summer Reading Program, are purchased by the Friends.
Although the financial support that they provide is greatly appreciated, their willingness to speak up for the library is essential. They have been instrumental in promoting the library throughout the community and in letting everyone know how vital their library is. The Astor County Library is extremely fortunate to have such an enthusiastic and supportive Friends of the Library organization. The Friends meet in the library at noon on the third Thursday of every month.