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Having friends makes the journey of life more pleasurable because you can share joys and triumphs with them along with bearing your heart in times of sadness and loss. It has been ascribed to children’s book character Winnie the Pooh about a friend, “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” Friends carry us during hard times and give us insight about ourselves that a stranger is unlikely to do. Dale Carnegie wrote, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

Thinking about friendship, I am reminded of a group that exists to help your local public library. I am speaking of the Friends of the Roanoke Rapids Public Library. You might not know but they have assisted the Library in many ways. They have purchased chairs for the computer carrels, provided funds for the outdoor sign on the library building, which has allowed us to relay program information to the public, and obtained shelving to establish and store the Roanoke Valley Collection, a collection consisting of materials written by local authors and subjects of local interest. In addition. the Friends have bought welcome mats for the public entrances, conducted the annual fundraising drive to provide subscriptions for magazines and newspapers, and served as volunteers for book sales and other library programming. Their support has been vital in allowing Roanoke Rapids Public Library to offer a high quality of library services to the citizens of Roanoke Rapids and the surrounding area.

Now, the Friends of the Library are looking for friends. During February, the Friends are conducting its annual Membership Drive. If you are interested in the Library and want to be a part whether through investment or volunteering, the Membership Drive is an opportunity for you. Membership Donation Levels are tax deductible as allowed by law and range at levels of $10 for individuals, $20 for families or households, or $50 for donors. For those who would like to do even more, there are levels of $100 for sponsors, $250 for patrons and $500 for benefactors. These funds support the Library’s Summer Reading Program and other programming, projects to furnish the facility such as those mentioned earlier in the column, and adding to collections. Will you be a Friend? Information forms are available at the service desk. Thank you for your support.

Continuing, I wish to announce the Library recently received a $4,000 grant from the Kyler Foundation to purchase juvenile materials consisting of books, DVDs, and audio materials. The focus will be to buy applicable series of non-fiction books for pre-school through sixth grades and upgrade our picture book selections. We also want to purchase more DVDs for children and have some audio books for youngsters to circulate. I will send out a press release when these new materials are available.

We had to reschedule two programs due to an unforeseen library closure. Master Purpose with Donna Clements will begin on Saturday, February 25 at 10:30 am. Pre-registration is required and the deadline is by closing on Thursday, February 23. There will be a fee for materials, which will be due at the Saturday session. Also, Kim McDermott will lead a Focus on Diabetes Program in the Library Conference room on Monday, February 27 beginning at 5:30 pm. There will be free blood sugar checks for those who attend.

Until next time, Roanoke Rapids Public Library has collections, connections, and community all for you.

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Roanoke Rapids Public Library
319 Roanoke Ave. Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone Number: 252-533-2890

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