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Mar 17 2010

Friends of the Dunwoody Library

by Nancy M

In these tough economic times we have the fortune of being able to turn to our local library for help. Libraries provide free internet access, computer classes, children’s programs, and of course, thousands of books, DVDs and more that can be borrowed for no cost at all. Unfortunately, many libraries across the country are losing vital funds to keep these services and programs afloat. One non-profit organization, The Friends of the Dunwoody Library, has been working tirelessly over the years to make sure that the Dunwoody Library remains a hub of the community, despite growing economic uncertainty. These volunteers’ efforts include sponsoring library programs, promoting literacy and organizing a major quarterly undertaking: the Dunwoody Library booksale.  Money generated from these booksales, which are comprised of a massive collection of community donations, has allowed for some major undertakings, namely the renovation of the Dunwoody Library this past summer. The Friends put an astounding $185,000 towards the remodeling of the branch, which included updating the children’s library and storytime room.

And their work has ensured that the Dunwoody Library can continue to provide relevant, educational and entertaining programs for community members of all ages. Each year the Friends generously give the Dunwoody Library between $55-60,000 for programs and materials that end up benefitting the entire DeKalb County Public Library System. Children’s programs, such as storytimes and the Book Bunch Book Club, and adult literacy programs would not exist without the support of the Friends.  Online databases, books, periodicals and reference materials are purchased with the help of the Friends as well. In fact, the Friends recently purchased content for a new audiobook database called Overdrive. It’s not available yet, but check back to the DCPL website in the coming months.

The Friends of the Dunwoody Library continue to succeed in keeping the library a center of the community through their hard work and commitment.  If you would like to help with their important work, you can stop by the Dunwoody Library and ask for a Friends of the Library membership form. If you don’t live in Dunwoody but would like to join your local Friends group, click here for more information.

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Linda March 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Why would you encourage people to join the friends group at Dunwoody, when people need to join groups in their own area. The friends group in Dunwoody is already doing well, why don’t you encourage people to model their friends group after the Dunwoody group? That was a horrible statement especially when there are neighborhoods that are not doing well.

Meg March 17, 2010 at 12:12 PM

The last sentance says “..would like to join YOUR LOCAL Friends group, click here for more information.” The link takes you to the the listing of all DeKalb library friends groups. The blogger didn’t say to join Dunwoody’s group, but your local group.

Nancy M March 17, 2010 at 12:25 PM

The purpose of the post was to highlight the wonderful job that the Friends of the Dunwoody Library are doing and how necessary Friends groups are to the vitality of our libraries. I provided a link at the bottom of the post with information for those people that do not live in Dunwoody and are interested in joining their local Friends group. Hopefully the Friends of the Dunwoody Library can be a model for those communities that do not have Friends groups or have groups that want to get more involved in community fundraising. I encourage everyone who has an interest in their local library to find out more information on how they can help, whether it’s donating books or donating their time.

george March 17, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Books, audiobooks,
e-audiobooks and DVDs purchased by Friends groups throughout DeKalb County can be borrowed by anyone throughout DeKalb County. Even though we have 22 branch libraries and the E-branch we really have just one giant collection of materials for everyone to enjoy. Our hard working Friends groups help make this possible with the fund raising they do through book sales.

Lillian March 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Publishing dollar amounts may not have been very tactful, especially for those communities that have Friends groups who will never, no matter how hard they work,be able to bless their libraries with that kind of help.

Meggan April 7, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Let’s applaud the work of Dunwoody’s Friends group! Let’s not find fault. I don’t think it lacked tact to publish the dollar amounts. I think it just shows what is possible with lots of organization and hard work. Bravo Dunwoody!

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