Views of the Valley: The Valley Community Library is looking for friends | Community columns

Most people would agree that the Valley Community Library in Peckville is a tremendous asset to our community.

However, few people know how amazing the community is for the library!

As with all community organizations, a helping hand is often needed. One of the ways we help provide support is through the Friends of the Valley Community Library, or FVCL. The current FVCL group was restructured at the end of 2018 by Fawn Contreras. As an active patron of the library, Fawn saw the need for a group of volunteers to support the library with funding and activities. In April 2019, the Friends of the Valley Community Library was reinstated.

The Friends of the Valley Community Library is officially a 501©3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to directly support the Valley Community Library as our community’s vibrant information center and educational force. Our mission is to support the well-being and growth of the Valley Community Library and its functions, resources, services and needs through various fundraising activities.

Currently, we are running our annual membership drive. Membership benefits include a monthly email with updates and exclusive early access to our Spring and Fall Book Sales, as well as our Summer Media Sale.

Most importantly, you can officially call yourself a Valley-Friendly Community Library and see your contributions put to use!

All members are welcome, but not required, to attend our monthly meetings held the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the library. To become a member, simply ask a library employee at the circulation counter. The annual fee is only $10 for individuals or $15 for families.

FVCL’s main fundraisers, which directly support the existing library budget, are our semi-annual fall and spring book sales. The next spring book sale will take place on Friday April 8 and Saturday April 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Exclusive early access for FVCL members will take place on Thursday, April 7 starting at 4 p.m. at 18 o’clock

These book sales would not be possible without the hard work of our volunteers, with a special thank you to our President and Vice President of Book Sales, Lynda Gelik. Without Lynda’s attention to detail and hours of manual labor, we would never have had those successful events that clients have come to expect.

The FVCL will also help the Valley Community Library with its upcoming annual fundraiser, Books Appétit, on April 28. It’s a fun night of food, courtesy of local restaurants, drinks from Maiolatesi Winery and Last Minute Brewing and basket raffles. The baskets will be on display at the library throughout March and April. You will soon be able to buy raffle tickets at the loan counter with the tickets for the Appétit Livres event. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Throughout the year, the FVCL hosts smaller events to raise funds for itself as well as to provide the library with desired “extras”. Examples include a lemonade stand at registration for the summer reading challenge for children and a late summer ice cream social for children. We also provided shelves, tables, credit card reader, custom logo tablecloth and several other library wish list items.

The best way to support the FVCL is to become a member. Several other ways to show your support include ordering our biannual “Soup-er Sale,” in partnership with Café Soriano, each spring; by donating books to the Valley Community Library – in good condition only and without textbooks – and by donating your time.

Every event mentioned above is in desperate need of volunteers and every hour is greatly appreciated. Additionally, the Friends of the Valley Community Library Board and the Valley Community Library Board are currently seeking members.

Over the past few years, most school districts have removed their libraries and turned these spaces into STEM classrooms. Reading is so important in a child’s life and our library is needed more than ever. The Valley Community Library constantly offers programs not only for children and teens, but also for adults. Our group of friends will do everything in their power to improve these programs.

We would like to have more friends! Won’t you be our friend?

Ann Evans is Secretary/Treasurer of the Friends of the Valley Community Library. For more information, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FriendsOfVCL.

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