Many parents nowadays struggle with how much time is too much time for their children to be in front of screens. From phones to television to tablets, it seems that screens are virtually unavoidable in today’s society. Those of us who grew up before the technological surge have fond memories of our parents reading books to us… real books with pages that have to be physically turned and that amazing smell that only book lovers understand.
It is important to pass along the tradition of reading real books and teaching the next generation how valuable a library can be for reading and so much more! The Friends of the Lewisville Library works to do just that. “The Friends of the Lewisville Library was organized October 9, 1984 and is a non-profit organization,” said President Marie Sessoms. “We have a board that consists of up to 15 members. We have by-laws and rules and regulations that govern our organization. These are reviewed periodically for revision. All of our board members and volunteers are involved because we love our library and books. We see a need to ensure that our library is equipped with the latest books for all ages and categories, audio equipment, computers for children, teens and adults, and any other items that our library needs and would not be funded by the state.”
Lewisville is among many libraries in the area with groups such as these. Currently, Forsyth County has 10 “Friends” groups. “The purpose of ‘Friends’ is to promote the development and enrichment of the resources, facilities, and service of the Lewisville Library,” said Sessoms. “To provide a means for interested citizens of the surrounding area to contribute to this development and enrichment, to plan events and activities that provide the community with the opportunity for involvement and contributions, and to increase the public awareness of the services offered by Lewisville Library.”
In addition to financial support for the library, Friends of the Lewisville Library also sponsors two book clubs, the summer reading program for children, a creative writing class, Valentine, Halloween and holiday parties for children with crafts, snacks and, during the holiday party, a visit from Santa. “We sponsor teen activities such as the Anime Club, Lego building, movies, games and puzzles,” said Sessoms. “We strive to provide to the patrons of the library books, programs and activities for all ages. Our fundraising efforts include ongoing book sales on shelves located to the right as you enter the library. We have two major book sales per year in April and October. We have a yard sale in July that is conveniently located in our air-conditioned auditorium. We also make gift ‘book’ baskets to sell in spring and just before the holiday season. There is also an occasional bake sale that will satisfy your sweet or savory palate.”
New members and volunteers are always welcome to join! “We have a brochure that tells all about our group and what we hope to accomplish and have accomplished,” said Sessoms. “Our membership prices range from $5 for students and seniors to $10 for individuals, $20 for families, $25 for businesses and a one-time price of $200 for a lifetime membership and your name engraved on a plaque in the library. Our organization meets every month, except December, on the fourth Monday at 6:30pm in the library. Board members chair the following committees: membership, program, fund raising, reception, publicity and nominating. Our annual meeting is held in the fall, and an annual report is presented. We work continually to be conservative in our budget. Greater than 93% of our fundraising is returned directly to the library.”