Board declares Friends of the Library Week'

CHESTERTOWN The Chester town board passed a proclamation on Oct. 8 declaring the week of Oct. 21-27 Friends of the Library Week. The Friends of the Town of Chester Library were officially established as a non-profit fund-raising group for the library in 1994 and have raised over $93,000 for the library to date. Currently over 150 community members contribute annually to the friends and nearly 20 of these contributors actively volunteer their time to assist the group with fundraising efforts that include the summer and winter book sales and the wine-tasting and silent auction held in spring. The library has always played such an important role in my life, said Friends Chairperson, Barbara Wilson. Being involved with the library is being at the heart and soul of the community. At some point everyone passes through the library. Its a very social place, Other officers of the organization are Bob Walp, vice chair; Nancy Austin, secretary and Nancy Blasdell, treasurer. At the friends September meeting, which honored longtime volunteers Evangeline Mills and Janet Zachara, two new directors were elected. Linda Taverni and Betty McCartney now join Carole Hart on the board of directors of the Friends. Our library would be much poorer without the Friends, said Library Director Alma Alvarez. The funds they raise definitely put the icing on the cake. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends; like the computer classes which will soon be offered. Please contact the library at 494-5384 to learn more about the weekly activities for children and adults and to find out how to become a member of the Friends.

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