Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library
President’s Annual Letter
The Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library was organized in 1982 to promote the resources, services, and needs of the library. Below is our mission statement. Although the library has changed in many ways, as it should, our mission remains the same.
OUR MISSION: The Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library cultivate a love of learning and celebrate the joy of reading by supporting library services for the community.
Accompanying our mission statement is a list of the purposes of the Friends organization. The paragraphs below each stated purpose provide examples of how the Friends are carrying out these purposes.
The purposes of this corporation shall be:
1. To stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services.
In 1982, the library, comprised almost completely of books, was housed in the old Carnegie Library down the street. Now we’re in a beautiful, state-of-the-art building and it’s no longer just a place to check out books and leave: it’s a center of activity for the community. We have author talks and murder mysteries and summer reading programs for all ages and genealogy classes and book discussion groups and computer classes. The library is alive in a new and wonderful way.
2. To focus public attention on the library.
One of our focus areas is Communication and Advocacy. Friends who work in this area lead efforts to advocate for the library and share information with the community.
3. To maintain an association of persons interested in libraries.
That’s all of us, folks. The Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library has been a thriving organization for 33 years. Our membership and involvement grow each year under the leadership of the Membership and Volunteer Coordination Committee of the Friends board.
4. To help fund materials and programs for the library.
YOU make much of the programming, of the multiplicity of activities at the library, possible. Our friends’ organization, through funds from the Book Nook, memberships and gifts, allows the library to provide programming that would not be available otherwise. So thank you for YOUR gift of being a member of the Friends of the Cedar Falls Library.
5. To provide volunteer services to support the mission of the library.
Our major volunteer effort is the Book Nook, a very successful, much-appreciated venture. Other volunteers serve on the board of the Friends of the Library and/or provide food and support for special occasions such as the staff appreciation events and the annual meeting. Our Social and Special Events Committee coordinates these special occasions.
6. To promote literacy. The library’s two adult book discussion groups were started by the Friends organization. To serve the younger generation, each year, we purchase a copy of the Cedar Valley Youth Reads book for every fifth-grader in Cedar Falls. For the past few years, we have also allocated funds for books for students in each Cedar Falls elementary school.
One of my great pleasures as a member of the Board of the Friends has been working with our director, Sheryl McGovern and her staff. Sheryl is tireless (although I think she would dispute that), creative, effective, and terrific to work with! I want to thank her and her staff for their wonderful work and for the friendship they offer. Sheryl will be retiring at the end of 2015. We will miss her immeasurably, but we wish her well, with plenty of time to read and to enjoy her grandchildren and we hope she will continue to be our FRIEND.
As you probably realize, your membership in the Friends organization is whatever you want it to be. Some of you have participated actively by providing food or working in the Book Nook or at the Sturgis Falls book sale or by serving on the board. There’s no requirement for level of involvement; it’s a guilt-free membership. However, I will ask one thing of all of you in this coming year. Talk about the library to friends as well as to perfect strangers. Let them know what’s going on here, and encourage them to become members.
It’s the FRIENDLY thing to do.
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887
The Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library organized in 1982 to promote the resources, services, and needs of the library. The Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library cultivate a love of learning and celebrate the joy of reading by supporting library services for the community.
- To stimulate the use of the library's resources and services
- To focus public attention on the library
- To maintain an association of persons interested in libraries
- To help fund materials and programs for the library
- To provide volunteer services in support of the mission of the library
For Friends information, contact Maelou Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the CFPL at 319-273-8643.