|Angela Hall, Regina Ammon, and Mayor William Bell|
Birmingham mayor William Bell has proclaimed the week of October 18-24 in Birmingham as Friends of Libraries Week. The mayor presented the proclamation to Birmingham Public Library director Angela Fisher Hall and Friends of Birmingham Public Library Foundation president Regina Ammon during the city council meeting on Tuesday, October 20.
The recognition comes as part of a National Friends of Libraries Week. In making the presentation, Mayor Bell thanked Birmingham’s 19 library locations for providing needed services to citizens.
“In giving the proclamation to the Friends of Libraries Week today, the mayor recognized the Birmingham Public Library’s role in supporting our community and celebrated the Friends role in supporting that,” Ammon said. “We invite you all to celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week and, most importantly, support our world-class libraries here.”
The proclamation, signed by Mayor Bell, reads:
Whereas, the Friends Council of the Birmingham Public Library raises money that enables our library system to move from good to great—providing the resources for additional programming, much needed equipment, support for children’s summer reading, and special events throughout the year; and
Whereas, the work of the Friends Council highlights on an on-going basis the fact that our library system is the cornerstone of the community providing opportunities for all to engage in the joy of life-long learning and connect with the thoughts and ideas of others from ages past to the present; and
Whereas, the Friends Council understands the critical importance of well-funded libraries and advocate to ensure that our library system gets the resources it needs to provide a wide variety of services to all ages including access to print and electronic materials, along with expert assistance in research, readers’ advisory, and children’s services; and
Whereas, the Friends Council’s gift of their time and commitment to the library sets an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that I, William A. Bell, Sr., Mayor of Birmingham, proclaims October 18-24, 2015, as Friends of Libraries week in Birmingham, Alabama and urge everyone to join the Friends Council of the Birmingham Public Library and thank them for all they do to make our library system and community so much better.