This week could actually be called “friend” week, at the Brookfield Library, instead of Brookfield Friends of the Library Week.
The library is part of the National Friends of the Library Week celebration occurring across the United States. Those who truly appreciate having a library are its friends, and friends need support.
To become more acquainted with Brookfield’s library Friends, a hospitality table has been set up in the lobby of the library. Here you can get information on the Friends, have a snack, talk about books, and peruse the Book Nook shelves for titles that you might like to own at bargain prices.
“We are always glad to receive people’s unwanted books, DVDs and CDs to put up for resale,” said Jerry Hill, vice president of The Brookfield Friends of the Library. “Then we use the money to benefit the library.”
Maybe you’d even like to join the Brookfield Friends of the Library. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of every month, at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the library. The next meeting is on Nov. 14.
“We’re always looking for new faces, new members, new ideas,” said Hill. “If you sign up with us during this week, you will receive membership for the rest of 2012, as well as for the entire year of 2013.”
Currently with 75 members, the Friends have been dedicated to supporting the library, helping it grow and prosper since May, 1984, when the group was organized.
One of their projects have been the “Take l, Leave 1” book stand inside the Brookfield Train Station, where people can exchange old titles for new ones at no cost.
Another is one quite well-known, when they sponsored the 7th Annual Taste of Brookfield @Your Library event held earlier this month and drawing more than 200 people.
“It was wonderful,” said Hill. “We had a babysitting service, food from local restaurants, a raffle, a silent auction … we’re still sort of tired and worn out from it.”
“We also march in the Fourth of July Parade every year,” he added. “That’s less strenuous.”
The Brookfield Friends of the Library also sponsored the kids’ art table at the Brookfield Art Fest; special library programs; and a table at the farmers market, where they sold Taste tickets and could also sign up people for new library cards.
This Saturday, Oct. 27, is the final day this year for the farmers market at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
One upcoming event is a military book sale on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then there are their big annual book sales.
“We raised over $2,000 on our last one,” said Hill. “Lots of libraries used to have them, but they’re discontinuing them. They’re just not getting the donations of old books that they used to. Another problem is lack of volunteers.”
As in past years, the Brookfield Friends of the Library will sponsor the popular trolley at Brookfield’s holiday festival, on Saturday, Dec. 1.
So this week, and every week, be a friend, and be befriended by the Friends of the Brookfield Library. They support the library, and they can’t do it as well without you.