One question often asked by library patrons and users is, "Why should I become a Friend of the Library?" or, "What do the Friends do?” The Friends group exists to support the library.

The mission of the Friends is to be of service to the library, working closely with the board of trustees and the director by sponsoring projects and programs that will benefit the library and enrich the cultural and educational opportunities available to the community, and informing the public of the resources, services and needs of the library.

Through membership dues, gifts and fundraisers, such as the Book Barn, online book sales and Treasures Rerun sale, monies are raised to provide items and programs not provided for in the library budget. Summer reading programs, musical programs for toddlers, computer upgrades, furnishings, and acquisitions are just some of the items funded by the Friends of the Library.

In addition to raising money, the Friends provide volunteer services and support to the library — shelving books, working the circulation desk, landscaping assistance, literacy tutoring, working at the Book Barn and Treasures Rerun, selling books online, to name a few of the jobs volunteers fill. Another program offered by the Friends is the Speakers Series featuring authors visiting the library to talk about their latest books. These events are free and open to the public with around seven programs offered throughout the year.

Membership in the Friends of the Library is only $5 per person, but the rewards of this support along with the volunteering and fundraisers are priceless. What easier and better way for those who love having a full-service library in Waldoboro to show their support. Renewal letters are being sent to current or past members and new membership forms are available at the library.

For more information, please call the library at 832-4484 or visit the website at waldoborolibrary.org. The library is located at 958 Main St.