Amanda Payne, Modern Woodmen Cartersville chapter activities coordinator, said she chose FOL for the annual donation because they give so much to the community and the library provides educational opportunities for people of all economic levels.
Friends of the Library is a volunteer association that exists to support the Bartow County Library System financially, as well as through volunteer services. The 100-member group is a nonprofit organization that will be enrolling new members in October.
Modern Woodmen matched the money generated during the FOL’s June book sale, which earned $2,500.
Karen Barnhart, president of the FOL, said the organization holds four book sales a year as fundraisers and usually earns between $1,500 and $1,800.
“Working with the Woodmen was great. Having $5,000 from one book sale helps us tremendously toward our goal, which is to support the library.
“In today’s environment of budget cuts, it becomes more and more necessary to provide support for the library. Ten thousand dollars a year buys a lot of books, media and programming. We become more and more necessary as dollars become scarcer and scarcer.”
FOL gives the library approximately $10,000 per year for the procurement of resources and to fund programming. Along with book sales, FOL will host an annual craft fair held at the Cartersville Civic Center on Nov. 8.
“The craft fair is a good way to raise money but also to give local artisans an opportunity to share their work. We keep the booth rental reasonable enough that people who might not have been involved in fairs in the past can try it to see if they enjoy the event,” Barnhart said.
Recently, FOL engaged in a partnership with Amazon Smile, which donates .05 percent of every eligible purchase to a designated charity.
“Nearly everyone uses Amazon to order something at some point. Instead of using regular Amazon, you can use Amazon Smile and we will get a percentage,” Barnhart said.
The Amazon Smile link can be accessed through the Bartow County Library System.
Barnhart believes supporting the library is worthwhile and hopes to continue to find new partnerships for FOL.
“The library serves multiple functions. It’s a place where people gather and it also provides access to books, movies and computers that people might not otherwise be able to afford.” Barnhart said. “We think of everything as being digital but it’s also nice to come to the library and be able to hold a physical book. Although we do have e-books available now.
“The knowledgeable employees are also beneficial. The programming that is provided in the Cartersville system is of such a wide variety. There are the typical book chats but there was also a Dr. Who convention, murder mystery night and pot lucks. It is so vibrant and so varied that there is something for everyone.”