I don’t know any authors who are not passionate about public libraries– and I know a lot of authors!
I’ve had a library card since I was six years old. No, I’m not going to tell you how long ago that was.
When the opportunity came to serve on the newly formed Friends of the Spokane County Library District board, I jumped at the chance. For two years I’ve worked alongside some wonderful community volunteers, library lovers and fabulous library admin staff.
We drafted a mission statement: Inspiring passionate lifelong learners to invest in their community libraries, hosted two After Hours at the Library events and raised lots of $$ to supplement library programming. Here’s a few of last year’s highlights.
- Sponsored NaNoWriMo Readiness Conference
- Provided funds for Mica Peak High School Great Stories Book Club
- Provided funds for small business owners/employer workshop series
- Provided funds for Thinking Money Exhibit and related programming
- Provided funds for Spokane Is Reading
But after two years on the board it’s time for me to move on to a new volunteer project I’m equally passionate about (more on that in another blog).
Perhaps it’s time for one of you to step up and serve? Check out the website. Become a friend. And contact Spokane County Library District at 509.893.8233 to see if serving on the board would be a fit for you.
I may be off the board for now, but I remain passionately committed to supporting our public libraries and the programming they provide.
Here are some photos of our most recent After Hours event. Long live our libraries!