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Friends of the Delafield Public Library Support Community in Countless Ways

Feb 04, 2014 01:31PM ● By Laura Ustanovska
The current Friends of the Delafield Public Library - Delafield, WI was formed to work for passage of the library referendum back in August of 2008, although the Friends was originally established in Delafield in October of 1979 by Margaret Haymaker, who left the organization a nice bequest. The organization's mission is “to foster the work and well-being of the Delafield Public Library, to focus public attention on library services, facilities and needs, and to stimulate gifts of books, magazines, desirable collections, endowments and bequests.”

In order to accomplish this mission, the Friends organizes a variety of events in our community. For example, the Friends runs an enchanting bookstore the first Saturday of the month December through April, and both the first and third Saturdays May through November. Along with selling library discards, the bookstore sells books received as public donations via their book drop located at the annex (these donations include very current titles). Each sale features a different genre as a buy one, get one free sale. March's featured genre will be business and financial books. Teen and young adult books are always two for the price of one. Periodically the Friends hosts a bag sale – all you can fit in a grocery bag for $10. During the summer, it also has a spot at the farmers' market where it gives away coupons for a free book.

The Friends holds other fundraisers as well, including Delafield Idol, Booked for the Evening Wine Tasting, Billy Bee Presentation, Casino Night and various silent auctions. The collected funds, which support the library through non-tax dollars, are used on special library activities, such as National Game at Library Day, Wii After Hours and the summer reading program.

Furthermore, the Friends has sponsored Pizza with Santa and Subs with Santa, along with providing children's activities for various Delafield events.

Through a major endowment from Bobby Chentis and Don Krueger the Friends was able to create a library garden, completed just last April. Although the garden was dedicated in July, the Friends plans to continue adding to the area to enhance its community use. President Marge Vedder says, “When you think about it, the garden we created was a huge contribution to the community. It provides a place for programs, utilizing the outdoor stage, a children's garden, as well as the other areas. It is also just a wonderful area to visit, sit and enjoy nature or eat lunch and read a book.”

The Friends is always looking for new members; application forms are available at the library. There are no dues.

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