Many people don’t think of the library until they need to find information. Other people think the libraries are obsolete because of the World Wide Web. Politicians love to cut libraries budgets. All of these reasons and more are why libraries need friends.
Fortunately, there is such a group of people. The Friends of the Library (www.folusa.org) is a national organization with grass-roots in each library. The Friends volunteers are everyday people who love books and what libraries represent and anyone can join.
At the individual library these volunteers collect donated books to sell, have bake sells, raffles, and other things to raise monies to supplement the operating cost of a library. Many times Friends will donate monies so library staff can attend seminars and conferences that were cut from the budget.
In February 2009, Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) became a new organization called the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF).
Budget cuts are forcing not just Tenafly, NJ but many cities, counties, and states to make difficult choices. Libraries are closing because there isn’t enough money to keep them operating. Hence, ALTAFF will focus on promoting and advocating for libraries to receive monies from the local, state, and national levels of government.
The library you knew as a child has changed, so go out and support your local library; rediscover the joy of reading a book. The Tenafly local library can be found at 100 Riveredge Road, Tenafly, N.J. 07670 (201) 568-8680 or online.
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