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Our innovative and steadfast director, Jackie Adams, retired in December 2020. Still in the middle of the Covid panic, Arnessa Dowell came to be our new director.
 
She has brought many new ideas to our library!
Pictured: Peggy Christie, FOL Board Member Cynthia Saunders, FOL President Arnessa Dowell, KCPL Executive Director Nina Newlin, FOL Treasurer Elise, Nina's granddaughter and (hopefully) next generation of FOL!

$15,000 Donation Received from the Friends of the Kent County Public Library

The Friends of the Kent County Public Library describe themselves as a group of people who “donate hearts, hands, and more to the library we love.” This week, the Friends demonstrated the “and more” when they presented Kent County Public Library with a check for $15,000 in unrestricted funds to contribute to the library’s 2024 fiscal year budget.

Since 1973, the Friends have supported the Kent County Public Library with gifts of materials, technology, educational programs, and budgetary support. Their unwavering support and generosity have enabled the library to offer the community special events, to enhance and update book and audiovisual collections, to offer staff development opportunities, and more.

Kent County Public Library is grateful beyond measure for the continued support of such amazing Friends!

If you would like to be a part of providing support to KCPL, please consider becoming a Friend.

An annual Friends of the Library membership is $10 for individuals, $20 for families, $50 to receive a lovely tote bag, and $500 to become a lifetime member.

The Friends also welcome volunteers to assist with book sales, serve on the Board of the Friends of the Library, support membership drives, and plan social and special events.

Membership forms are available at all three KCPL locations. More information about the Friends
of the Kent County Public Library can be found at friendsofthekcpl.org


In 2022, the friends have:
  • Given $10,000 to the library for general support, $1,600 to the library through the Hallway Bookshelf Sales, and another $3,500 for new bookshelves. The Friends also gave $350 in Christmas Cash donations to all 14 staff members as a Holiday cheer for their hard work.
  • Supported literacy in Kent County through a $1,600 gift to Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson for their Busload of Books Campaign. Their family will visit one school in all 50 states over the coming year, giving books to school students at each stop. You can follow their progress on their website busloadofbooks.com
  • Continued their support of the Local Management Board of Kent County sponsorship of Imagination Library. This program gives a book each month of the year to over 400 kids in Kent County ages 0 – 5. This is a wonderful program that ensures by the time they enter school each kid will have their own library of 60 books.
  • Organized another successful September Book Sale where we and our supporters moved almost 20,000 books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles out the doors, bringing in over $7,000 and making a great many people happy.
  • Organized, along with library staff, a big surprise for Wanda Sherriff, chief manager of our book sales. As she walked into the Library she was greeted by officials from Maryland Library Association who presented her with one of three Volunteer of the Year awards issued in 2022. This could not have gone to a more deserving Friend, one who organizes the sales and the crew of volunteers who put in over 1,000 hours yearly prepping, packing and selling contributed books.

A Fall Book Sale is coming!

September 23rd is Members Night. Be sure you have renewed your membership so we can mail your invitation! We have lots of books you will love.

 

Even with covid, our membership continues to grow! We have 360 members now and a new lifetime member, bringing that number to 28.
 
Membership letters will be coming out soon. Remember that without book sales we are more dependent on our members than usual. Please be generous.
 
We are still hoping for a book sale in late fall. In the meantime, we were still able to make our annual donation to the library this summer.
 
Hope to see you in person soon.
 

Two things the Friends have bought for the library: a beautiful bench crafted by Bob Ortiz and a neon wave at the entrance to the teen room.


Puzzles galore are available at the library…..perfect winter activity…..$2 apiece…..going fast!


In 2020 the Friends of the library helped the library by paying for the hall flooring and a donation to Project 2020. The shelves are up, books are back and the library looks wonderful. The renovations have brought new light and clarity to the building.

 
The FOL also gave the library our annual donation toward new materials, fund training opportunities, and help support the summer programs.
 
Thank you all for your support of FOL and the library! We hope it will be open in the Fall.

In 2019 the FOL has given the library $16,000 to use for speakers, programs and materials.  We supported the highly successful visit of Kesi Cep who discussed her book The Furious Hours, gave $5000 to the Imagination Library so young readers can have  books and gave another $2500 to the Board of Education to help fund the Tiger Land initiative.  We will also be paying for new flooring in the main hallway.
 
This is all because of you, the members, who give books, time and energy and come to our book sales.  Thanks!  It’s an amazing community that supports us.
 

This month’s special Pop Up sale is Gardening. Look for great deals in the hall of the library!


In 2018 the Friends also supported the Summer Reading Program and Imagination Library, purchased the new Ortiz bench and Wave Light, gave $2,500 to the Kent County Board of Education to bring Wil Haywood to speak with students and give each student a copy of his book, Tigerland.  Our volunteers are constantly sorting books so we can contribute more to the library, year by year.  We have accomplished a lot in forty plus years.

June 1st our Annual Author Day event features Casey Cep, author of Furious Hours.


Please welcome Madhu Sidhu to our FOL board.


Books are coming in for the Spring Book Sale in large numbers. Please call ahead if you are making a large donation. And only give us books that are saleable- good condition, no encyclopedias or textbooks.