At the May meeting of the Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library, club President Pat Heurtin led members in a discussion on ways the organization could be of greater assistance to the library during tight budget times.
Heurtin said the group paid for a library staff member to attend further training and funded the refurbishment of the library’s landscaping.
“In keeping our mission statement front and center during the discussion, we offered several ideas for projects with the Friends organization providing the funding,” Heurtin said.
According to the group’s mission statement: The purpose of this group shall be to develop interest in libraries and to support the West Feliciana Library and its staff by purchasing library materials and equipment and supporting library programs and services.
Members discussed purchasing books and DVDs to enlarge and enhance the library’s collection; financing performers for the Summer Reading Program and during other special events throughout the year; establishing an emergency fund; purchasing carpet squares for storytime; financing an art wall that would encourage artists and groups to exhibit their work; establishing a scholarship committee that would define criteria used to select a graduating high school senior to receive a scholarship; and financing an introductory piano program for children and teens.
Heurtin said Jerry and Darlene Reaves, a club member, donated a piano to the library, and the couple had hoped that funds could be made available for additional instruments and sheet music as well as to pay for an instructor for residents who cannot afford music lessons.
Library director Glenna Fallin and manager Penny Graham, who attended the club meeting, will be discussing the proposed projects, and Fallin may further discuss some of the ideas with the Library Board of Control, Heurtin said.
Friends of the Library fundraisers include the Christmas Tour of Homes, the spring daffodil sale and the ongoing commemorative bricks sale. The organization also receives funding from membership dues and private donations.
“Anyone who is not presently a Friends member can join in helping with the continued success of our parish’s beautiful library,” Heurtin said.
Membership applications are available at the library, 5114 Burnett Road, St. Francisville.