Who are the Friends?
The purpose of the Friends of the Adamstown Area Library is to maintain an association of persons interested in books and libraries, to focus public attention on library services and needs, to stimulate gifts of books for the purpose of resale, to foster volunteerism, and to enrich library resources through fundraising projects.
Our dedicated Friends group has always been inspired to work diligently for our projects, knowing the impact we have on the library services offered. Between 1996 and 2022, we donated $864,317 to the library. The funds were raised through many varied and sometimes unusual projects. Our main focus remains on our annual book sale, basket bingo, and the annual Bucks for Books dinner and auction.
In 2016, the Friends gave $100,000 to kick-start the Capital Campaign for the new library. Since then, the Friends have also given $25,000 for the Tranquility Garden, $25,000 for the Reading Room tables and chairs, an additional $25,000 for the Capital Campaign in 2019, $4,000 for furniture for the Children’s Room, and $8,000 for electric HP front doors for the new library. In 2022, the Friends purchased 2 tables for the conference room, 4 rolling carts, outdoor play equipment for rental, and a 3D printer. $3,675 was raised at the Bucks for Books Dinner/Auction in 2018 and 2019 specifically for the Capital Campaign. Additionally, all of the Amazon on-line book sales, which totaled $12,981 through 2022, are dedicated to the Capital Campaign.
Our annual report shows over 75 activities that we have held or sponsored over our history as well as donations to the library other than financial aid. Of course, without your wonderful support and the caring community, this would not have happened.