FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

The Friends of the Library, a voluntary membership organization with over 1,100 members, recognizes that excellence in library services enhances the quality of life in our community.

Books Again Grand Opening Chartered in 1960, FOL continues to support the growth of the Pueblo City-County Library District and its energetic programs. FOL operates a used book store "Books Again", which opened in 2005, to fund library programs, including the award-winning summer reading program, reading and writing contests and a bookmark design contest, as well as other unique and popular library projects.

The Friends of the Library annual meeting is held each May to elect board members for the coming year, to present the projected annual budget, and to give an annual report of services and activities. In addition, there is a dinner and special entertainment.

Funds raised through membership fees and sales at the Books Again Used Bookstore are used for many extra special projects at the library and its branches. Library employees may submit requests for funding special projects by filling out the Request for Funding Proposal form, available at the Books Again, and returning it there. Consideration of these requests is done twice a year by the Project Selection Committee of the Friends of the Library.

Membership in Friends of the Library

Membership income makes the library even better

Individual Membership, $15; Family, $20; Gold Card, $30; Platinum Card, $50; Business, $50; Benefactor, $100; and Patron Member, $500.

All Friends of the Library Family Memberships and above may, at no additional cost, register the children living in their home from the age of presechool to 4th grade (Kids' Club) or 5th grade and up (Young Readers League) in our Young Friends of the Library Club. Benefits include: Colorful personal membership card; special member party once each year; buy one get one free on all books in the Chilren and Youth Department at Books Again Used Book Store; and special benefits for members at Library Summar Reading Events. See membership form for details.

Click here for a membership form . Print the form, fill in requested information, and mail to Friends of the Pueblo City-County Library District, 622 S Union, Pueblo, Colorado 81004 , or ask for a membership form at any library location.

Membership benefits:

Individual/Family Members: Receive 10% discount at Books Again and mailed copy of News & Events.

Gold/Platinum/Business Members: Receive 10% discount at Books Again, mailed copy of newsletter and a valuable premium.

Benefactor/Patron Members: Receive 20% discount at Books Again, mailed copy of newsletter and valuable premium.

All Members: Admittance to the Special One Day Preview Sale, for Members Only, before our huge Semi-Annual Books-by-the-Bag Sale held in May and October. Invitations to unique Friendsí programs and annual meeting program, including dinner and entertainment, and elected membership to the Friends of the Library Board of Directors.

Friends of the Library Annual Dinner and Business Meeting

The Friends of the Pueblo City/County Library District held their Annual Dinner and Business Meeting at the Rawlings Library on Friday, May 13, 2016. The meeting was facilitated by special emcee Craig Eliot.

Among other items of business, the Friends of the Library elected the following slate of officers for 2016-2017: President - Dustin Hodge; Vice President - Stephanie Telles; Secretary - Monica Ayala; Treasurer - Leslie Carroll

The featured speaker was local author David P. Wagner, who provided many interesting insights into the challenges of what it takes to be a writer. David has published three books in the Rick Montoya Italian Mysteries series, Cold Tuscan Stone (2013), Death in The Dolomites (2014) and Murder Most Unfortunate (2015).

Sherry Wingo was honored with the 6th annual "Friend of the Year" award. Sherry was recognized for her six years of service on the Friends of the Library Board, during which she chaired the board's contest committee and served as a member of the board's events committee. As chair of the contest committee, Sherry coordinated the writing and drawing contests for the area schools with library staff and community members. She also helped plan and organize a number of annual FOL events, including the volunteer luncheon and annual FOL dinner. Sherry has gone "above and beyond" as a volunteer in promoting the library to the community.

Click here for photos of the 2016 Friends Annual Dinner and Meeting.

Accomplishments May 2015 - April 2016 -- Our 56th Year

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Here is a partial list of what the Friends of the Library accomplished in 2015 - 2016:

  • Presented 718 Most Improved Reader Certificates to elementary school students.
  • Judged over 1,175 entries in the Scary Story Contest, with winners receiving the booklet of winning stories and a gift certificate.
  • Sponsored the Friends of the Library Youth Creative Writing Contest and provided gift certificates for winners of the Create Your Own Dr. Seuss Contest; 3,104 figments of students' imaginations were received. This was a record high year.
  • Helped sponsor the annual Pueblo Girls Essay Contest for third, fourth and fifth grade gialrs. Prizes were awarded at each level.
  • Donated $6,500 to the Pueblo City-County Library District's Summer Reading program, and donated $5,000 to the youth reading program.
  • Awarded two scholarships to library district employees seeking a Masters of Library Science.
  • Donated $11,500 to the Library District for the All Pueblo Reads program.
  • The Project Selection Committee of the Friends awarded funds that totaled $31,073 to fulfill twelve grant requests from library employees.
  • Awarded $4,000 in scholarships to three library district employees seeking a Masters of Library Science.
  • Provided $3,000 towards the printing and postage for News & Events. The newsletter is an important communication tool for informing the community of library programs, news services, and Friends' activities. The newsletter reached over 12,000 people and organizations last year.
  • Donated $10,400 to the Pueblo Library Foundation.
  • Selected Doreen Martinez as their honoree for the 33rd Pueblo Women's History Week Celebration.
  • Held the annual meeting.

To make these contributions possible, the Friends raise funds through memberships and the sale of used books.

  • As of April 30, 2016, emberships total 1,103.
  • Books Again,the FOL used book store, had gross sales in 2015 of $112,090 and 55.3% of net sales after sales taxes went to benefit the library district.
  • During 2015, Books Again volunteers logged over 8,304 in operating the store.
  • Since Books Again opened in July of 2005, over $540,000 in profits have been provided to the Friends of the Library to fund projects at the Pueblo Library District.

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