Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Join the Friends of BPL and Reap the Benefits! (National Friends of Libraries Week Begins Oct. 21)


Did you know that the great Eat Drink Read Write Festival was sponsored by the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library? In fact, did you know that the BPL Friends have donated nearly $50,000 to the Library in the last year? And in the last two years, the Friends have donated $25,000 solely for the purchase of BPL e-books.

Isn't that incredible?

Beginning this Sunday, October 21st, we'll celebrate the National Friends of Libraries Week. The Friends of BPL is an active group of library supporters who promote and advocate for the library, volunteer at various locations and events, as well as donate money to BPL. In the past year and a half, we have doubled our numbers. We're currently boasting 350 members and our goal is to reach 1000 by the end of 2013.

You can help. You can encourage your friends and coworkers and relatives to join our ranks. Also, you can purchase gift memberships for your family and friends.

As part of the National Friends of Libraries Week, on Thursday and Friday (Oct 25-26), we will have a members-only sale in the Bookstore. All items in the main area of the store (books and media) will be on sale for $6 a bag. In the gift shop, Friends' members will have a discount on our merchandise.

Also, Friends members can enjoy a "Best Offer" Sale: you can bid on some really excellent items, including restaurant gift certificates, vintage maps from Southern History, rare books, as well as pieces of furniture and unique odds and ends. Refreshments will be served.

At the Birmingham City Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, Birmingham Mayor William Bell issued a proclamation to the BPL Friends for the week of October 21-27.
Join the BPL Friends and celebrate with us during National Friends of Libraries Week! Thank you!

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